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Adieu Jean-Claude

Posted by hkarner - 7. Februar 2019

Date: 06-02-2019
Source: SPIEGEL

Juncker’s Reign Atop the EU Stumbles to a Close

He has drawn fire for stroking a female colleagues‘ hair; he stumbled badly during a NATO dinner; right-wing populists have taken aim as European elections approach. How well is European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker really faring?

United Airlines Flight 951 is ready for departure and Jean-Claude Juncker is one of the last to board the plane, greeting the journalists accompanying him on his trip to Washington. „Everything’s OK. It’s just my damned knee,“ he says, before disappearing into the front of the Boeing 777. The European Commission president is wearing a blue shirt and jeans with a braided belt, and limping slightly. During the flight, three blue file folders lie on the armrest of his seat. When Juncker returns from the lavatory during the flight, he blows kisses to the reporters.

A few days earlier, Juncker had stumbled across the blue carpet at the NATO summit, with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and others having to grab him under the arms and drag him to the gala dinner. Right-wing politicians mocked the allegedly drunk commission head while in Germany, parliamentarians from the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) immediately posted the video on social media. His spokesman said that Juncker had suffered a „painful attack of sciatica.“ He rejected any aspersions that alcohol might have been involved. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The World Needs Europe

Posted by hkarner - 16. Januar 2019

Date: 15-01-2019
Source: Project Syndicate by Jean-Claude Juncker

Jean-Claude Juncker is President of the European Commission.

Having emerged from centuries of bloodshed to become the poster child for integration and collaboration, Europe has a distinct service to offer the rest of the world. With the international order coming apart and populist nationalism on the rise, now is the time for the European Union to show leadership, both at home and abroad.

BRUSSELS – As we usher in a new year, the future direction of the European Union has never been more important, both for Europe and for the rest of the world. In these increasingly tumultuous times, the EU can provide the stability and hope that the world so desperately needs.

For decades, Europe has been the poster child for integration and cooperation in a fractured world. Since the end of World War II, the continent has been living proof that multilateralism works. Europe’s troubled past has given way to a peace spanning seven decades, and to a Union of 500 million citizens living in freedom and prosperity. By any metric, Europe is now the most tolerant, free, and equal place to live anywhere in the world.

But the EU is not a given. Peace is not inevitable, and war is not implausible. The year 2018 marked the centenary of the end of World War I, the lessons of which must still be heeded. The Europeans of 1913 thought that war was impossible, that they were too interlinked to turn on one another. We Europeans have a rich tradition of ignoring premonitions of ruin at our own peril. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Fortress Europe? The state of the EU

Posted by hkarner - 13. September 2018

Date: 12-09-2018
Source: The Economist

Today the president of the European Commission delivers his last State of the Union speech before the European Parliament. Jean-Claude Juncker will promise larger and more centralised patrols of the EU’s external borders, “solidarity” with southern members bearing the brunt of migration flows, and new development co-operation with African states. To some, this “Fortress Europe” strategy risks undermining the union’s humanitarian responsibilities; others think it a fair response to voters’ concerns.

Europe remains profoundly divided on the subject. Southern members are reluctant to delegate their border regimes to Brussels. Some northern and eastern ones do not want their share of asylum seekers. Parliamentarians are weighing the possibility of suspending some of Hungary’s rights of membership in the EU, as punishment for its harsh treatment of migrants. Meanwhile, north African states are unhappy at hosting transit camps for would-be migrants to Europe. Mr Juncker will stress unity. His prescriptions could illustrate how ambitious that aspiration is.

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„Nicht gut genug“: Trump lehnt EU-Angebot zu Null-Autozöllen ab

Posted by hkarner - 31. August 2018

„Die EU ist fast so schlimm wie China, nur kleiner“, meint der US-Präsident. Brüssel hatte vorgeschlagen, die Autozölle

US-Präsident Donald Trump hat ein Angebot der Europäischen Union ausgeschlagen, Zölle auf Autos gegenseitig auf Null zu reduzieren. Das Angebot sei „nicht gut genug“, sagte Trump in einem Interview der US-Nachrichtenagentur Bloomberg, das am Donnerstag veröffentlicht wurde. „Die EU ist fast so schlimm wie China, nur kleiner“, sagte Trump und wiederholte damit seine bereits vor Wochen gewählten Worte im Handelsstreit mit Europa.

EU-Handelskommissarin Cecilia Malmström hatte zuvor einen entsprechenden Vorschlag unterbreitet. Die EU sei bereit, „unsere Autozölle auf Null zu reduzieren, wenn die USA dasselbe tun“, sagte sie am Donnerstag in Brüssel.

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Europe’s Trade Victory in Washington

Posted by hkarner - 31. Juli 2018

Simon Johnson, a former chief economist of the IMF, is a professor at MIT Sloan, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and co-founder of a leading economics blog, The Baseline Scenario. He is the co-author, with James Kwak, of White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You.

US President Donald Trump holds himself out as a brilliant negotiator, and his supporters regard his trade policy as a perfect example of his success. But in his recent trade talks with the Europeans, Trump was clearly out of his depth.

WASHINGTON, DC – On July 25, when US President Donald Trump appeared in front of the White House with Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, their joint statement and spoken remarks surprised many. The two sides agreed “to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.” It seemed like a remarkable U-turn for Trump, who, until recently, was threatening the European Union with higher tariffs – and extolling the value of trade tariffs (which are essentially taxes on imported goods) more generally. He even called the EU a “foe” as recently as June.

Substantive follow-through on the joint US-EU statement would represent a major policy shift for the Trump administration. But this is no triumph for Trump; rather, he seems to have been outmaneuvered by adroit European diplomats. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Jean-Claude Juncker’s Unexpected Deal

Posted by hkarner - 30. Juli 2018

Date: 29-07-2018
Source: SPIEGEL

How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

This week, Washington and Brussels struck an unexpected agreement to lift levies in the tariff conflict between the U.S. and the EU. The move represents a victory for all sides, but especially beleaguered European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

So, how did he ultimately manage to secure a deal with Donald Trump that nobody had thought possible? Jean-Claude Juncker found himself sitting in an unadorned meeting room at a Washington think tank, where he reflected on the hours he had just spent at the White House. He appeared visibly exhausted, but was in a buoyant mood. „I did it,“ he said.

He had spent more than two hours negotiating with Trump before finally reaching an agreement that was greeted with relief both in the European Union and the United States. Trump has now said he will not impose punitive tariffs on European cars — at least for the time being. In exchange, the Europeans have expressed a willingness to buy more liquefied petroleum gas and soybeans from the U.S. and, among other things, discuss how tariffs on other goods can be abolished. The president has agreed there will be no further tariffs, Juncker announced proudly, and that existing tariffs on cars would not be increased.

Of course, it’s still too early to tell how long that agreement will hold. Many fear all it would take is one nasty tweet from Trump for the whole thing to come unspun again. And then comes the fact that the deal does nothing to solve the many other problems the Europeans have with this unpredictable American president. The man who, for now at least, seems prepared to call a kind of cease-fire in the trade conflict, but still wants to abolish NATO, threatens Iran and dismisses climate change as nonsense largely promulgated by Europeans. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump Says He ‘Opened Up Europe’ for Farmers. Europeans Disagree.

Posted by hkarner - 29. Juli 2018

Date: 28-07-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The gap over what was agreed to at the White House on Wednesday indicates the perils of rifts re-emerging

A day after President Trump hailed “a breakthrough agreement” on trade with Europe, European officials said the president and his aides are exaggerating the scope of their new pact.

While Mr. Trump told an Iowa crowd Thursday that “we just opened up Europe for you farmers,” officials in Brussels later said he did no such thing.

“On agriculture, I think we’ve been very clear on that—that agriculture is out of the scope of these discussions,” Mina Andreeva, the European Commission spokeswoman, told reporters in Brussels on Friday. “We are not negotiating about agricultural products,” added Ms. Andreeva, who was part of the European delegation visiting Washington earlier this week. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Juncker’s Trade Pitch to Trump: ‘I Can Be Stupid, as Well’

Posted by hkarner - 28. Juli 2018

Date: 27-07-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

How bravado, flip cards and a White House ally helped European official sell U.S. president on trade detente

WASHINGTON—When Jean-Claude Juncker arrived at the White House on Wednesday, he had no idea how the meeting with President Donald Trump would end.

When asked on his flight from Brussels whether he was ready, after having pored through piles of documents stacked in blue folders, the European Commission president smiled and said: “No. We’ll have to see how it goes.”

Once Mr. Juncker entered the Oval Office, it was clear Mr. Trump was in a mood to negotiate, said a senior European Union official who was present. Mr. Trump, who typically entertains a question or two from reporters during Oval Office visits, took none, looking instead to dive into discussions with the visiting delegation from the EU’s executive arm. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Juncker: „Sojabohnen waren eine Eingebung des Moments“

Posted by hkarner - 27. Juli 2018

Nach dem Treffen mit dem US-Präsidenten zeigte sich Juncker froh, dass der Handelskrieg jetzt nicht auf die Spitze getrieben wird. Sein Gegenüber Trump sei „sichtbar“ um Einigung im Handelsstreit „bemüht“ gewesen

EU-Kommissionspräsident Jean-Claude Juncker sieht den Einigungswillen von US-Präsident Donald Trump als wesentlichen Faktor für den Durchbruch im Handelskonflikt. „Er war auch sichtbar bemüht (…) eine Einigung zu erzielen“, sagte Juncker am Freitag dem ARD-Europastudio in Brüssel. Dies habe sich in den Gesprächen mit Trumps Beratern gezeigt, „die da wesentlich zurückhaltender waren als er selbst“. An der Frage der Landwirtschaft wäre die Einigung Juncker zufolge aber dennoch beinahe gescheitert.

Nach monatelang verhärteten Fronten hatten Trump und Juncker am Mittwoch in Washington Sondierungen für Verhandlungen zur Lösung des transatlantischen Handelskonflikts vereinbart. Von Trump angedrohte Strafzölle auf europäische Autos sind damit vorerst vom Tisch. Im Gegenzug sagte Juncker höhere Importe von Flüssiggas und Sojabohnen aus den USA zu.

Juncker betonte nun, die Kommission könne natürlich nicht verordnen, „wer was von woher importiert“. Es sei „Sache der Marktteilnehmer, sich so miteinander zu verständigen, dass mehr Soja nach Europa ausgeführt werden kann“. Der Kommissionschef betonte, es gehe aber nicht um „genmanipuliertes Soja“. Dies sei „nicht Teil des Abkommens“. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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„Wenn er geht, gehe ich auch.“

Posted by hkarner - 23. März 2018

Umstrittene EU-Personalie Juncker droht in Selmayr-Debatte mit Rücktritt

Die Affäre um die Beförderung von Martin Selmayr zum Generalsekretär steuert auf einen neuen Höhepunkt zu. Vor dem Brüsseler Gipfel kündigte Kommissionschef Juncker an: „Wenn er geht, gehe ich auch.“

Von Peter Müller, Brüssel, Spiegel.online
Freitag, 23.03.2018 16:55 Uhr

Jean-Claude Juncker

Es gab genügend Themen, über die sich die Staats- und Regierungschefs unterhalten konnten, als sie am Donnerstagmittag in Brüssel zum Treffen der Europäischen Volkspartei (EVP) zusammenkamen. Die Reaktion auf das Giftattentat in Großbritannien etwa oder die Furcht vor einem Handelskrieg mit Donald Trump standen auf der Agenda. Schließlich dient der Treff dazu, dass sich die konservativen Parteiführer, darunter Angela Merkel, vor dem eigentlichen Gipfel schon mal untereinander abstimmen.

Allein, Jean-Claude Juncker, auch er EVP-Mitglied, hatte anderes im Sinn. Der Kommissionspräsident wollte lieber über die umstrittene Berufung des deutschen Juristen Martin Selmayr zum Generalsekretär der EU-Kommission sprechen, einer Behörde mit rund 32.000 Mitarbeitern. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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