In 2012, when a financial storm engulfed the eurozone, it was Germany that kept the European ship off the shoals of financial disaster. But Europe’s anchor has become a brake, hindering forward movement.
It is easy to be skeptical about the kind of meetings that a small army of global and regional leaders swept through this month. But November’s three summits – the APEC summit in Beijing, the East Asian Summit in Naypyidaw, and the G-20 meeting in Brisbane – should have the skeptics eating their words.
The European Parliament rejected a motion of censure against Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s team today (27 November), the result being better than the one he obtained when the Commission was initially voted on, two weeks before the Luxleaks scandal erupted.
In the December 2014 issue of “European Union Politics” there is a paper by Fortin-Rittberger & Rittberger* titled “Do electoral rules matter? Explaining national differences in women’s representation in the European Parliament“ (an earlier version in open access here).
Looking mainly at data from 2009 (and 2004), the key question of their paper is, in my summary:
Why is there a difference in gender representation between lower houses of parliaments of EU member states and the gender balance in the national delegations of MEPs from the same country?
|Where do migrants to the UK come from the EU or non EU?|
David Cameron’s hopes of getting back on the front foot on migration have been dealt a blow this morning – ONS figures show that immigration is up, and specifically immigration from the EU is up as well.
Mr Juncker called for an ‘inter-institutional agreement’ to fast track his 10 priorities, while Pope Francis warns of the EU’s ‘bureaucratic technicalities’. Moving on next week from leading Poland, the new Council President could improve country involvement, starting with a clear narrative around innovation, writes Christophe Leclercq.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday presented a 315-billiion euro investment plan for stimulating the EU economy. A large part of the money is to come from private enterprise, with the European Union providing just 21 billion. Brussels has come up with the right answer to the lethargy of certain member states, some commentators write in praise. Others believe the plan will fail due to a lack of incentives for investors.
After Angela Merkel delivered a trenchant foreign policy speech in Sydney on 17 November, the German chancellor took part in a follow-up discussion. Her comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin were not only highly critical of his actions over recent months. Merkel also said she was not convinced that he would stop at Ukraine, writes Judy Dempsey.
US President Barack Obama announced the resignation of his Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday without giving any reasons. According to a report in the New York Times Obama forced the Pentagon chief to step down. Some commentators see an internal dispute over the strategy against the terrorist IS as the reason. Others believe Chuck Hagel was no longer viewed as the right man to tackle the Herculean tasks in the Middle East.
|BBC reports is is #Brexit|
Former Cabinet Minister Owen Paterson has just made a hard hitting speech on the UK’s relationship with the EU. He made a familiar case that the EU is as much a political union as an economic one. He concluded that the UK should remain in the ‘economic’ Single Market but remove itself from the political union.
Paris is slowly, oh-so-slowly, moving toward a love lock-free future.
LONDON — A fire broke out in a train carriage at a central London train station platform Sunday, closing it for two hours