The notion that Brexit could be progressive, socialistic, or egalitarian is an illusion. At best it ignores the historical lessons of the 20th century, at worst it represents the politics of defeatism. Perhaps the most peculiar, yet sadly predictable, phenomenon to result from the debate on (...)
In 1984, the EU introduced milk quotas to limit milk production in every Member State to end structural surpluses that by far exceeded the demand. Last year, milk quotas were removed in the name of a more open and competitive European and global market. The present agricultural policy is (...)
Pillar talk is back. While employment and social policy is controlled by Member States, the Commission’s proposal for a European pillar of social rights has reinvigorated discussions on a stronger social dimension to be developed within the European Union. Sweden is keen.
Already during the campaign to the European parliamentary elections in 2014 the lead candidate of the European People‘s Party complained about the lack of investments in Europe and the imbalance of a sole austerity policy. Now as President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker tries to fix the imbalance with his new investment policy. Doing so he pushes the limits of his possibilities and responsibilities. Critics say he is exceeding them.
Geopolitical balances are in constant evolution. The emergence of China has pushed the US to reinforce the European side with TTIP: we have been hearing this word for two years and, as time goes on, negotiations get collected, and the attention increases, we are getting more familiar with it.
After the recent Greek referendum a solution to the Greek question seems farther away than ever. The reaction from austerity hardliners on the result of the election echoed the line from Bertolt Brecht’s poem The Solution, which criticised the East German crackdown on anti-government demonstrations:
Wouldn’t it be simpler under these circumstances,
for the government to dissolve the people,
and elect another one?
The budget of the European Union is negotiated for a seven-year period each time. These seven-year periods are called financial frameworks, during which the European Commission whose responsibility it is to be in charge of implementing the budget directs funding programmes focusing on particular areas. In the current financial framework, which stretches from the year 2014 to 2020, the funding programme for research and innovation is called Horizon 2020.
The Great Recession of 2008/09 and the resulting debt crisis revived a debate about deeper fiscal integration in Europe. At the moment, especially a common unemployment insurance scheme for the Eurozone is discussed. The idea is that such a scheme could cushion the impact of economic crises if (...)