The Euro Deal: EU’s Closer Integration; UK’s Isolation

Summits. With all the fanfare and hours of squabbling, you have to give it to the European Union. They do it best and they do it often. With the gruelling negotiations on addressing the looming Euro tragedy one can’t help but as why oh why must the EU’s answer to everything be to call a … Continue reading

More Summits: The EU Solution

Why oh why must the EU’s answer to everything be to call a pow-wow at which they can take yet another group picture to set on their mantelpieces? No wonder capitals around the world are thinking that the EU is just about huff and puff.

Yulia Tymoshenko: Princess of the Orange Revolution

Like they say in Ukraine: You can’t stop her in any normal political way. You can’t beat her on TV, you can’t out-argue her on the town square. If she had more biological time on earth, she’d become president of the Ukraine, president of the EU, president of the U.S. The only thing that can stop her is Tymoshenko herself.

[Commentary] EU: We want a President; World: Oh, were you talking to us?

by Caela After the Irish “yes” to Lisbon Treaty, European capitals were swept with speculations as to who would get the top job that Lisbon would create. Think Tanks across the Union worked double time to put forward necessary policy proposals aiming to strengthen the Union. At first ears around the world perked up to … Continue reading

Israel is (Always) Wrong, Stupid!

by Claude Moniquet If you put aside the United States, the Czech Presidency of the European Union – which expressed the view on Saturday, January 3 that the Israeli operation was ‘defensive’ and not ‘offensive’ – as well as several politicians and media who are isolated and not in tune with the rest, Israel has … Continue reading

Who Needs to Be EU President?

by Giles Merritt Whoever steps into Europe’s new top job as President of the European Council will set the mold. If it is someone of worldwide renown, the presidency will immediately be established as a post of global importance. But if its first occupant is not a household name, the presidency will be doomed as … Continue reading

European Union: The Agenda-Setting Choice

A lot of things seem to be happening in the coming weeks and they are not co-incidental. In the coming weeks, EU leaders would decide to fill two very important posts: that of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and President of the European Council. Their decision could determine whether the union really seeks the bigger role it says it needs to try to match the influence of the United States and that of rising powers like China, Russia and India. Until then, we can expect the United States to put their Afghanistan Strategy on temporary hold. Across the Middle East, it is viewed that the Middle East peace process will also restart in the coming weeks and not least because of the perceived shift that may take place in the international political arena.