March 04, 2009 | Peter Kopecky and Agora in the fight for democracy
March 02, 2009 | EU leaders paper over divisions on economic crisis
Just hours after the European Commission approved a French car aid plan, EU leaders on Sunday (1 March) sought to put a lid on damaging divisions in the bloc on how to deal with the financial crisis by saying that none of its member states is being protectionist.
February 27, 2009 | German centre-right party calls for EU referendums
Germany's centre-right CSU party is hoping to tap into anti-European sentiment in the influential state of Bavaria to attract votes for the June European elections. Mr Seehofer said Europe must become much closer to its citizens and that citizens should have the right to decide on important questions, specifically naming Turkish EU membership as a referendum-worthy issue.
February 26, 2009 | Financial crisis threatens east-west divide in EU
Eastern European member states' fears that they will be left behind by richer EU members in the economic crisis are growing ahead of the informal EU summit on Sunday (1 March). Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania and Bulgaria are hoping to pull Germany, the Netherlands and Nordic states into a coalition opposing the creation of "eurobonds," Polish officials told daily Gazeta Wyborcza. "We want to block the potential eurobond project. To do everything to prevent a two-speed Europe. The introduction of eurobonds for the eurozone only would mean precisely this," Polish deputy prime minister Grzegorz Schetyna said on Wednesday.
February 24, 2009 | Will Germany deliver on the Faustian bargain that created monetary union?
If Der Spiegel is correct, the German finance ministry is drafting rescue plans to prevent default on the edges of the eurozone leading to a full-blown collapse of Europe's monetary system.
February 23, 2009 | Mass protest in Ireland, government falls in Latvia
Around 120,000 citizens hit the streets of Dublin on Saturday to protest the government's handling of the economic crisis. Meanwhile in Latvia, the prime minister and his government have resigned amid growing political and economic strife in the Baltic country.
February 19, 2009 | Brussels pushes for fiscal discipline amid crisis
The European commission took the first step towards starting excessive deficit procedures against six countries on Wednesday when it issued its analysis of member state budgetary forecasts submitted last month.
January 11, 2009 | German judges express scepticism about EU treaty
Several of the eight judges in charge of examining whether the EU's Lisbon Treaty is compatible with the German constitution have expressed scepticism about the constitutional effects of further EU integration. According to reports in the German media, the debate during the crucial two-day hearing starting on Tuesday (10 Februrary) on the treaty centred on criminal law and the extent to which it should be the preserve of member states rather than the EU.
February 04, 2009 | British strikes take on EU dimension
A series of strikes in Britain revolving around a key EU internal market law have taken on a European dimension as a group of leftist MEPs take up the protesters' cause. Five MEPs from the Socialist, Green and leftist factions in the European Parliament on Wednesday (4 February) signed a declaration pledging to veto the swearing in of the next European Commission in autumn if the law is not changed.
February 01, 2009 | The Treaty of Lisbon, a de-nucleation of the Executive
In a democracy, all authority of the state is derived from the people. In Germany this is stipulated in Art. 20 par. 1 of the Basic German Law [Grundgesetz], the German Constitution. Thus, all sovereign tasks (public administration, police, army, judiciary, etc.) shall be carried out by the state itself, so that they stay under the control of the democratically elected government and parliament. For this reason, the “function reservation” of Art. 33 par. 4 Basic Law clarifies that the exercise of sovereign authority shall, as a rule, be entrusted to members of the public service. Commissioning private companies is only allowed as an exemption. Thus, according to polls of the Forsa institute in 2007 and 2008 1, more than 90% of Germans consider especially the privatization of the police, the prisons and the judiciary as unimaginable. The “Treaty of Lisbon”2 however, would turn this principle towards the opposite.
January 29, 2009 | Sören Wibe elected EUD president
Swedish politician Sören Wibe was elected president of the EUDemocrats on January 29. Mr Wibe is the leader of the Junilistan and its top candidate for the 2009 European elections.
January 26, 2009 | German court handed new complaint on EU treaty
Germany's constitutional court has been handed a second complaint over the EU's Lisbon Treaty with the potential to delay the country's final ratification of the document for several months.
January 26, 2009 | Pressure on Prague won't help ratify Lisbon, minister says
Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in the Czech Republic is a "domestic democratic process," and external pressure aimed at speeding up the process is not helping, Czech deputy prime minister for European Affairs Alexandr Vondra has said.
December 11, 2008 | Ireland will re-run the same treaty with no legal changes
The EU Summit in Brussels finished on time. The Irish government formally betrayed its people by accepting to have a new referendum on exactly the same text which was rejected 12 June by 53,4 % of the Irish voters.
December 08, 2008 | Out of the frying pan and into the fire
From the Dalai Lama's inner peace in Strasbourg, to MEP arrogance in Prague The day began with a meeting with the Dalai Lama. He was invited to speak in the plenary and prior to that he was to meet with the presidents of the European Parliament's groups, and I did not want to miss the opportunity to meet such a personality.
December 05, 2008 | McCreevy: Irish No should be respected
Irish EU commissioner Charlie McCreevy has argued that the negative result of his country's referendum on Europe's Lisbon treaty should be respected, admitting that the No campaign had won the argument against "the might" of media and most politicians.
November 26, 2008 | David Heathcoat-Amory on Lisbon
In 2001, the EU heads of government issued the Laeken Declaration, calling for a reformed Europe, "closer to its citizens". That reform has never been carried out. Look at the EU budget, now rejected by the auditors for the 14th year.
November 11, 2008 | From crisis to victory
Read an article written by Hanne Dahl for her blog, translated into English by popular demand, concerning the visit to Prague of the European Parliament's Constitutional Committee.