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Brexit: a WTO issue first and foremost

100 days on from the fateful UK referendum, the only thing agreed on is the huge complexity of Brexit. This justifies the wait-and-see approach of the UK government which, by cataloguing the many problems that need to be resolved, is …

Barnier and Brexit – Bad mood before the holidays

Without doubt, the Commission President is embarrassing – embarrassing when he comments, embarrassing when he doesn’t take decisions, and even embarrassing when he does. Appointing Michel Barnier as chief Brexit negotiator on behalf of the Commission comes squarely under this …

EU crisis: Authority and values to restore Europeans’ desire to live together

The reaction of Jean-Claude Juncker to the Nice attacks was interesting. In Le Soir, he stated: “We have to ask ourselves when this is going to stop?” For months, I have been saying over and over again that the President of …

Brexit: the urgent need for a Plan B

Brexit, rightly seen as inadvisable, will turn out to be impossible both technically and politically. Far from destroying the EU, Brexit is a chance to re-launch it by creating a two-circle community: a circle based on Eurozone integration and a …

Much is possible without Treaty reform – first of all, a change in culture!

Nicholas Sarkozy, so sure of himself, is promising a new Treaty before the end of the year, using a very Sarkozyite method of imposing from on high a reform of the EU outlined very generally. Such an approach is doomed …

The European Union: 20 years in the wrong direction

Brexit on 23 June, glyphosate on 24 June… On issues big and small, the EU needs to re-build itself from top to bottom 20 years ago I published “L’Europe à contresens”. This small book made a big impact in the …

Jo Cox’s last article – about the need to remain in Europe

“With many voters still making up their minds about a decision that will shape the future of our country, Oxford University’s Migration Observatory offered a stark warning that despite offering the world the Leave campaign cannot guarantee what would happen …

In the absence of many facts about the EU Referendum, here are my own:

The easy question first: If we weren’t already in the EU, would you vote to join? We can actually ignore the majority of arguments put forward by the 2 sides in this debate. Democracy is the most precious commodity any …

Director of PACT European Affairs

« Contrary to popular opinion, business lobbyists are less effective than NGOs» This title summarises an important study carried out in 2015-16 by three professors at the London School of Economics (LSE) with a specific focus on consumer protection and …

Written procedure:
the devil is in the detail

Written procedure:
the devil is in the detail In the not too distant past, we communicated a lot about the Orphacol case, involving the authorisation of an orphan medicine via an implementing decision. The affair made great waves. We told the …