No English for me please! So says France in laying out their plans for their upcoming stint in the ever-rotating Presidency of the European Council. In the wake of the United Kingdom’s torturously prolonged exit from the EU, France has made it clear that it intends to stem the proliferation of English as the de-facto language of the European Union’s inner workings.
You may not have noticed, but the EU and its foreign policy have received rather a lot of attention lately. Why? Well, mainly because it doesn’t really have a foreign policy. Instead, it has twenty-seven different foreign policies that all need to be coordinated. Exactly that has been pretty problematic lately, leading some to argue for reform.
If COVID-19 will abate in the next weeks and months, then everyone will certainly be tempted to review the past months, to analyze the events and to draw conclusions for the future. This will also apply to the EU – the “Europe Day” is the appropriate moment to come forward with three main points.
The European Conservative and Reformist (ECR) Group is a center-right political group founded in 2009 by the UK Conservative Party. It accommodates 19 political parties, such as Fratelli D’Italia (IT) and PIS (PL). The ECR […]
Every one of us has heard of Greenland and has a certain perception, which might be – or not – in accordance with the reality on the ground. This island, seventy times the size of […]
The recent investment treaty between the EU and CHINA (CAI) has been put in a sort of “fridge” – that was just decided by the European Parliament. How and why have we arrived at that dead-end street? One cannotavoid seeing a revival of a Shakespearean drama in five acts.
The European Green Deal is a 17 pages long document written by the current European Commission that was presented on December 11, 2019. It seems easier to start with what it is not, one piece […]
This past week, reports have amassed on Russia increasing its deployment of troops near the Ukrainian border. It is estimated that this constitutes the largest deployment since Russia’s annexation of Crimea, with heavy equipment and artillery being towed from as far as Siberia. According to Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov, the build up is nothing more than an exercise but military experts say the troop movements paint a different picture.
Since the beginning of last week, there have been violent clashes between rioters and the police in Northern Ireland. The riots, in which all kinds of objects, including masonry, fireworks and even petrol bombs were thrown at the police, seem to have started in the city of Londonderry. From there, they spread to other parts of Northern Ireland, including the capital of Belfast. According to local media, no less than 70 police officers have been injured within the span of just eleven days.
On Thursday, October 15th, EU leaders made a public statement on the Brexit negotiations. The next day, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson responded to their demands by seemingly flexing his muscles and demanding that the […]