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Tag Archives: 2014

Britain’s EU membership hangs by one less thread

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Britain, it seems, owes the European Union a certain sum of money. In every year since 2002, it has underpaid into the EU budget and the day of reckoning has finally arrived. However, as usual when it comes to ‘Europe’ for the UK, symbolism triumphs over substance. The country has been hit with a bill […]

The UK’s new Commission portfolio: Making the EU not worse instead of better

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Ebullient was the mood in London upon the announcement of the incoming European Commission on September 10th. Britain’s European Commission nominee, Jonathan Hill, was given the freshly created Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union portfolio by new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The recently retired Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Hill was […]

A Financial Services Commissioner: Impact for Britain

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The past few weeks have seen the idea of a dedicated European Commissioner for Financial Services resurface one again. At present, financial services form part of the wide-ranging Internal Market and Services portfolio. While the prospect inevitably brings its own pros and cons, on balance it has the potential to be a good development for […]

What’s in a European Commission President?

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The next President of the European Commission faces a number of obstacles to a successful term of office. Political and institutional challenges, ranging from the power of the Council and the Parliament to the difficulty in building unity in the Commission, stand in the way of the President’s goals for the EU. In order to […]

The European Conservatives and the ‘main parties’

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The discourse of European Union politics frequency takes the EU main parties as those which support progressively greater European integration. However, the multitude of views on the course of the EU and the success of a centre-right European group critical of integration challenge this definition for being too narrow. How we define European ‘main parties’ […]

Prospects for Britain in the new European Commission

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While public debate in recent weeks has centred on the question of the next European Commission President, decisions on the Commission’s work programme and the other Commissioners are just as, if not more, important to shaping the future direction of the EU. Britain’s interests rest in the key economic portfolios, but the final remit given […]

Consensus, not automaticity, should govern the selection of the next European Commission President

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Following the European elections, the European Council and the European Parliament must work cooperatively in order to decide the new European Commission President and the Commission’s work programme. The leading candidate experiment did not succeed, and the Council and Parliament must agree a selection process before the next election. The aftermath of this May’s European […]

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