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The European Parliament’s Misguided Ambitions

Posted by hkarner - 7. August 2019

Ana Palacio is former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain and former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group. She is a visiting lecturer at Georgetown University.

The European Union’s core institutions are undergoing leadership successions while besieged by well-known internal and external challenges. And yet, at a time when the EU desperately needs to be able to act effectively, it seems simply to be engaging in more political jockeying.

MADRID – In moments of political transition, initial signals make all the difference, because they set the tone for the process that follows. As new leaders take over the European Union’s core institutions, the first signs are not promising – and in particular those coming from the European Parliament.

The EU is undergoing this succession process while besieged by well-known internal and external challenges: demographic, social, and economic pressures abound, while Europe is more a geopolitical chessboard upon which global powers are playing than a player in its own right. And yet, at a time when the EU desperately needs to be able to act effectively, and is in great need of a realistic but forward-thinking vision, it seems simply to be engaging in more political jockeying. Here, the European Parliament has been ground zero. That is the message of the confirmation process for the new European Commission president – a process that began in early July, when the European Council nominated Ursula von der Leyen for the post. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why and how Emmanuel Macron seeks to lead Europe

Posted by hkarner - 17. November 2018

Date: 15-11-2018
Source: The Economist

The president’s ambitions are huge but necessary. Achieving them will be hard

Alongside dozens of their peers, today’s leaders of France and Germany—Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel—walked in moving spectacle to the Arc de Triomphe on November 11th, a century after their countries’ murderous guns fell silent. “Will this be the resounding symbol of a lasting peace between nations?” asked Mr Macron of the assembled potentates, including Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin; or “a last moment of unity before the world darkens into a new disorder?”

Mr Macron’s grave words frame what is set to become a polarising debate in Europe over the coming months: between the defenders of the liberal order and post-war institutions, and the rising forces of nationalism. Ahead of elections next May to the European Parliament, the French president has boldly (some might say hubristically) cast himself as the guardian of the continent’s democratic values, and loses no opportunity to underscore what is at stake. “Old demons are rising again, ready to complete their task of chaos,” he declared, to a scowling Mr Trump and a poker-faced Mr Putin in Paris. Mr Macron does a fine job of laying out the battle of values confronting Europe. Yet if the French president is to do anything about it, he needs two things: first, a solid centrist political base at the European level, like the one he forged last year in France with En Marche. Then, he needs to win support for his European reform agenda from other countries, especially Germany. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Far-Right Leaders Loathe the European Parliament, but Love Its Paychecks

Posted by hkarner - 29. April 2017

Date: 28-04-2017
Source: The New York Times

STRASBOURG, France — Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader trying to become president of France, already has a day job as a lawmaker in the European Parliament, a position she regards with open contempt. She misses votes, mocks the process and cheers for the demise of the European Union.

Even so, Ms. Le Pen is willing to accept a salary of 101,808 euros (about $110,000), a generous per diem and an annual staff and office budget in excess of €340,000. In February, the Parliament halved her compensation after fraud investigators concluded that she had wrongly diverted money to pay for National Front party activities in France.

The scandal, which has not fazed Ms. Le Pen’s supporters in France, is another example of how Europe’s right-wing parties happily provoke populist fury by attacking the European Union — yet also happily pocket government salaries and other benefits. For some far-right politicians, a perch in the European Parliament can mean a lucrative sinecure, easy news media exposure and immunity from criminal prosecution at home. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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„Die Europäische Union ist in Gefahr“

Posted by hkarner - 7. Dezember 2015

Date: 07-12-2015
Source: Die Welt
Der Präsident des EU-Parlaments macht sich große Sorgen um das europäische Projekt. Er fürchtet die Rückkehr der Europäer zum Nationalismus und übt scharfe Kritik an Innenminister Thomas de Maizière.

Martin Schulz hat kein Verständnis dafür, dass die Asylanträge in Deutschland noch immer eine so lange Bearbeitungsdauer haben

Es herrscht ein hektisches Gewusel vor dem Büro von EU-Parlamentspräsident Martin Schulz. Mitarbeiter mit Kladden unter dem Arm huschen über die Gänge und durch die Holztür in das Büro des SPD-Europapolitikers. Es gibt genügend Themen, die sie in diesen Tagen mit Schulz besprechen müssen, rund um die Herausforderungen der Flüchtlingsströme. Schulz holt seine Gäste selbst ab und führt sie in sein Büro, aus dem der Blick weit über Brüssel reicht. Zeit für ein Gespräch darüber, ob die Europäische Union mit den derzeitigen Aufgaben überfordert ist.

Die Welt: Herr Schulz, Luxemburgs Außenminister Jean Asselborn warnte kürzlich vor einem Zusammenbruch der Europäischen Union. Übertreibt er? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Merkel: EU needs to consider treaty change

Posted by hkarner - 7. Oktober 2015

Merkel was greeted at the European parliament as „Chancellor of Germany, accompanied by her Vice-Chancellor, the head of the province of France“ (hfk)

Ahead of joint speech with François Hollande, the German chancellor admits reform won’t be easy.

Merkel cc 3STRASBOURG — German Chancellor Angela Merkel told members of the center-right European People’s Party Wednesday that EU leaders should be open to considering important treaty changes if they want the Union to “evolve.”

According to MEPs and officials who attended a closed-door meeting ahead of her joint public appearance with French President François Hollande in Parliament, Merkel said the treaties should be changed “if necessary” to deal with important issues.

In a discussion that focused mainly on the migration crisis facing the EU, the chancellor acknowledged that such changes would be difficult to achieve given the recent history of the EU. The sources said the mention of possible EU reforms requiring a treaty change came in response to a question from an MEP. They were general in nature and not related to any specific topic, such as the coming British referendum on membership of the Union.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will push for serious EU reforms in a variety of areas, including policies allowing the free movement of labor and people throughout the Union.

According to several MEPs who attended the meeting, Merkel held a 30-minute discussion with party members on a variety of topics, including migration, negotiations on an EU-U.S. trade agreement, and economic policies. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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