EU President to be named this week…

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, European Economy on November 16, 2009 at 10:18

EU leaders to name president at special summit

The European Union’s heads of state and government will name a president and foreign policy chief over dinner on 19 November, but diplomats say agreement on the appointments has still not been reached.

Poet president

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Belgian haiku-loving PM tipped for new EU post

European Union emerges from recession

from Wikinews

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A map showing the location of European Union

Both the European Union as a whole and the sixteen EU countries sharing the euro currency (the “eurozone“) posted positive growth, at 0.2 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively. This follows five consecutive quarters of negative growth. The data was published by the European statistical agency Eurostat and announced by the European Commission in Brussels.

Blogging and the legal mess before and after Lisbon: ECJ, ECtHR, and Protocol 14bis

by Julien Frisch

The beauty of blogging does not lie in the superficial debates on topics of obvious urgency but in the minor but messy issues that are irrelevant to most and thus for the mainstream media (making them even less relevant for most).

Gender imbalance mars formation of Barroso II

from European Voice
Of the 20 nominees for the next Commission, only three are women.

No Miliband for Europe

Yesterday, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced not just that Foreign Secretary David Miliband was not in contention for the job of EU high representative for foreign policy — a powerful new post created by the Lisbon Treaty — but that he never was interested at all.

Germany and Europe: 1989, 2009…2029 ,

The twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall on 9 November 1989 is being commemorated around the world. A flood of articles, broadcasts, conferences and books are  re-examining the events, retelling the stories, and reviewing the outcomes of that unforgettable moment.

How Tony Blair lost the presidency 20 years ago

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros
by Alex Harrowell

It’s the 9th of November…so, in total observance of my usual standard operating procedures, let’s think about the European presidency, or as my wonderful, wonderful Soizick puts it, who’s going to get the job of being Tony Blair.

It looks a lot like the lucky girl won’t be Blair; the reason why is more interesting and more telling. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a string of small states around Germany take quite a daring stand in foreign policy; Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, all progressively came out against Tony Blair. It seems more obvious that this is an interesting or daring stand if you take a Brussels view, in which Blair is still a respected member of the world elite, than if you take a street level view, in which he’s widely despised. Also, if you consider the UK or Norway to be a 10 on the NATO scale, the Netherlands must be about an 8 – the presence of the Joint Forces Command in Brunssum, and the long-standing and very close relationship with the British armed forces over the commitment to the NATO Northern Flank, are the most obvious manifestations of this. Indeed, the Dutch army served in the British zone of Iraq and its Apache helicopters, the first European-owned ones, are still flying in Afghanistan. (That the first AH-64Ds in European ownership are Dutch is a marker of NATO spirit in itself.)

BNP in alliance with nationalists

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
The British National Party (BNP) joins forces with European far-right groups in a new Alliance of National Movements.


Europe in blogs – Euroblogs (10): Fall of the Wall Special

by Julien Frisch

Today is clearly a historic day, and the blogosphere and the euroblogs use the opportunity to look back in time, into their own lives, into global moments, into politics and art.

EU top nominations: Edifying spectacle

by Grahnlaw

For the citizens of the European Union, the nominations for the top jobs is an edifying spectacle of how intergovernmentalism works in reality between ”freely cooperating, sovereign nation states”. We are spectators, offered selective leaks and plants, with scant information and no say.

Secularism and Christianity contest the European soul

by Tony Barber

If you search for information about Garwolin on the internet, you will find that it is a simple but attractive little town in eastern Poland, about 50km east of Warsaw.  Yet 25 years ago, when I lived in Poland, Garwolin was the scene of a nasty confrontation between the forces of communist secularism and Roman Catholicism that has echoes in a

Let Britain leave the EU

by Grahnlaw

The most remarkable outcome in the Angus Reid poll, published 10 November 2009, is not that almost half (46 per cent) of Britons still want an undoable referendum on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, despite David Cameron’s recent climb-down and diversionary proposals.

What Eastern Europe can learn from the crisis

by Centre for European Reform

by Katinka Barysch

It is 20 years since the Berlin Wall crumbled and political and economic freedom started spreading through Eastern Europe. Today, however, the region is mired in deep recession. The global economic and financial crisis has hit the Central and East European countries (CEECs) harder than any other emerging market region. In February 2009, I asked whether the savage downturn would make the new EU member-states question their entire transition model of trade opening, financial integration and EU-conforming reforms (‘New Europe and the economic crisis’

Intergovernmental EU: Freely cooperating, sovereign nation states

by Grahnlaw

When I wrote the 10 November 2009 blog post EU top nominations: Edifying spectacle, I did not know how soon and how emphatically this picture of “freely cooperating, sovereign nation states” would be confirmed, by Sweden’s prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, the (s)election procedures and Charlemagne’s notebook.

Margot Wallstrom Talks About EU Communication Policy

from Blogactiv
Margot Wallstrom explain the progress made in EU Communication Policy at the EurActiv 10th Anniversary Awards in the European Parliament.

The pace picks up on EU enlargement into the Balkans

from Brussels Blog by Tony Barber

Enlargement of the European Union is, almost imperceptibly, moving forward once more.  EU foreign ministers are expected next week to forward Albania’s membership application to the European Commission for an opinion.  This is a necessary technical step on the path to entry – small, but important. The Commission is already preparing opinions on the applications of Iceland and Montenegro.

US and EU after Lisbon – Sir Christopher Meyer

from Public Affairs 2.0

Former UK Ambassador to the US and current Fleishman-Hillard’s International Advisory Board member Sir Christopher Meyer talks to colleagues in our DC office about US/EU relations after Lisbon. More thoughts from Sir Christopher on the US and the EU over at our YouTube Channel.

The wider tragedy of Gordon Brown: New Labour, the Murdoch press and the state of our democracy,

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Gerry Hassan

Gordon Brown is a troubled man so the prevailing wisdom goes. He does have his demons to seek, from his flawed personality to the ghost of Tony Blair that won’t quite leave the stage. He is widely seen in the media as an unattractive mixture of indecision, control freakery and paranoia.

Final ratification of EU Lisbon Treaty ─ finally

by Grahnlaw

Czech Happenings report that prime minister Jan Fischer deposited the 27th and last ratification instrument of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty on Friday with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome: Czech PM brings Lisbon treaty to Rome ending ratification process (13 November 2009).

President of the European Council vote

by Grahnlaw

Eurobloggers have actively spread the word about the vote arranged by Fondation Robert Schuman between some of the personalities officially in the running or presumed to be candidates for the new post of president of the European Council, to be decided by the heads of government or state on 19 November 2009.

Here are some of the blog posts about the vote on the president of the European Council:

  1. The Economist recently referred to the candidacy of the Belgian prime minister as “comical” while Tony Blair’s would be quite good for the EU standing next to the US. While Blair is a good choice as a figure head, the Belgian prime minister is perhaps superior in negotiating common positions (which is necessary in divided Belgium). I have just posted on what might be behind the British position here.

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