European Union

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Balancing Act: delivering a Just Commission (A Justly Balanced Commission? )

So what will the European Parliament do with the proposed Juncker Commission? There are two subjects that continue to occupy me politically: women and justice. It is through this lens that I have viewed the nomination and initial portfolio distribution of the new European Commission. All the individual Commissioners now face hearings in the Parliament. … Continue reading


State of Undress

Last week was billed as an important crunch week for the EU as we had the decision of the Karlsruhe Court, the annual State of the Union address, not to mention the Parliament meeting in session in Strasbourg. Yet as I searched the UK weekend press for any reporting of the outcomes of this anticipated … Continue reading


An Interesting Juxtaposition

Yesterday was Europe Day and the State Opening of the Westminster Parliament. I note from today’s Independent that one to those to raise this conjunction was the eurosceptic, pro-democracy, Tory MP Douglas Carswell. Just occasionally I agree with him – though please don’t panic – seldom on Europe. However, despite all the pomp, pageantry and … Continue reading


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