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Council in session, 7 February 2013, EU budget negotiations (©The Council of the European Union)

EU budget – a missed opportunity for Europe

February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Niels Goet Follow @NielsGoet   After 24 hours of negotiations, European leaders agreed on a new budget deal for the EU for 2014-2020 last Friday. Two summits were needed: one was held in November 2012, and another last week that ended in agreement. For the coming 7 years, the member states will contribute 960...

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The pro-European consensus of German politics

January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Frederick Richters Follow @Fred_Richters      “German taxpayers have become more critical of what their leaders are doing and the political class cannot ignore that development.”   Germany’s post-war political identity has primarily been shaped by a deep commitment to European integration and for many years its national interest has been defined in terms...

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Brexit? What to Make of David Cameron’s Speech

January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Niels Goet Follow @NielsGoet   David Cameron’s “thrilling” last week on Britain’s relationship with the European Union caused quite a stir. Highly anticipated, delayed for a week, and ultimately pronounced in London instead of Amsterdam, he finally got around to enlightening us with his vision on the future of Europe. What to make of...

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