The letter from European Parliament (EP) President Martin Schulz to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has now been published in full and contains an extensive list of questions for the UK’s Lord Hill, the Czech Republic’s Vera Jourová and Hungary’s Tibor Navracsics who have all been invited back for some form of second hearing early next week (whether or not these will be ‘full public hearings’ again remains to be seen).
The European Commission is likely to reject France’s 2015 budget draft at the end of October, and ask for a new one that would better reflect Paris’s deficit reduction obligations under European Union rules, several eurozone officials said.
SPECIAL REPORT: Improving health system performance has been on the political agenda in all member states over the past couple of years. This is crucial, because health systems are at the heart of the EU’s social model, the Commission says.
According to media reports the European Commission is threatening to reject France’s and Italy’s budget plans on the grounds that they violate the EU’s Stability Pact. After imposing stringent austerity on other member states the Commission can’t be lax with these two now, commentators point out. They warn Paris and Rome of the consequences of violating international obligations
open Democracy News Analysis – by Beth Kahn
Seeing the Scottish referendum from outside Scotland, it was too easy to entirely misunderstand it.
open Democracy News Analysis – by John Weeks
The instigators of these anti-social and anti-democratic policies, rules and treaties defend them as the mechanisms to bring recovery, end fiscal deficits and reduce public indebtedness. Were they successful, their authoritarian nature should make them unacceptable.
Italy’s corrupt and inefficient public services mean that some of the country’s most important archaeological sites are being forgotten or damaged. The Sybaris Project is trying to change that.
AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH)
Despite 14-year struggle for a new mosque in the second-largest city, new roadblocks are erected at every turn.
Europeans are against ‘more Europe’, because they are against the particular type of authoritarian, anti-democratic political union on offer. It would not after all, be the first time in history that a political ruling class place their preference for more unchecked power ahead of their concern for shared prosperity
Scientists have used Ebola disease spread patterns and airline traffic data to predict a 75% chance the virus could be imported to France by October 24, and a 50% chance it could hit Britain by that date.
European migration ‘policy’ does not only cost thousands of lives every year, but it is also contradictory and self-defeating.
The 2001 Temporary Protection Directive – created in the wake of the Yugoslav Wars – has never been activated, but it could be part of a reasonable, compassionate response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
What should United Kingdom’s defence policy be? A government department has commissioned advice from the noted SWISH management consultancy. This is an exclusive copy of its just completed report.
UK defence spending after the 2014 election: a report from the South Waziristan Institute for Strategic Hermeneutics to the Post-Election Financial Planning Unit, HM Treasury, London, UK
As the eurozone debates how to escape the stagnation trap in which it finds itself, one question has become increasingly important: Can governments credibly commit to trim public spending in the future while avoiding immediate cuts? Fortunately, the answer is yes: Fiscal accommodation now does not rule out consolidation later.
Following the airstrikes by US fighter jets in the fight against the Islamic State, Britain’s Royal Air Force carried out its first attacks against IS targets in Iraq on Tuesday. Some commentators describe this as justified military intervention against a cruel troop of killers. Others doubt the US-led alliance can win this war.
For Europe, Ukraine’s fate is a vital strategic question, because its independence has been the cornerstone of the post-Cold War European order and its framework for peace. Ukraine’s subjugation to Russia by military force
The Catalans are to vote on the independence of their region from Spain on November 9. The President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signed a corresponding decree on Saturday. Madrid views the planned referendum as a violation of the constitution. Blocking the vote would be a mistake, some correspondents believe. Others complain that the central government is powerless against the separatists.
open Democracy News Analysis – by Samir Jeraj
For those who have owned a home for years or decades, they may be unaware of the costs, penalities and fees imposed on today’s renters. It is a web of unregulated profiteering and expense.
Battle Royal in Brussels – backroom ‘trade’ deals under fire
open Democracy News Analysis – by Jurgen Maier
Europeans are in uproar at chaotic attempts by the EU presidency to rush through ‘secret courts’ for investors to sue governments who try to protect their citizens and public services.
The EU-Canada Summit on 26 September in Ottawa aimed to seal the deal on a controversial EU-Canada free trade agreement – in the dying days of the current EU Presidency.
The Times and the Mail today both feature stories on the increasing pressure on David Cameron to take a stronger stance on migration from the EU.The Times suggests that senior figures within his party are calling on him to use his renegotiation to explore the introduction of quotas on migrants from existing EU member states. It quotes London Mayor Boris Johnson saying that