Sunday 5. December 2021

What I want in 2012: Europeans and Europe to get the respect they deserve

European Parliament

Sylvie Goulard is an MEP (ALDE-France)  and member of the European Parliament’s standing committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Federal Europe

European Union

The European Summit of 8-9 December produced two sets of conclusions. The first, which was somewhat rather static, with all 27 signatures, then a second set with 26 signatures that opens up a new dynamic for the future of Europe.

The G20 seeks to address the financial crisis

Frank Turner SJ

The French city of Cannes, better known for its opulence than for its geo-political significance, was perhaps a symbolically odd choice to host one of the most important recent meetings of the G20.

The long march towards a Financial Transaction Tax begins

European Commission

In a Communication dated 28 September, the European Commission proposed the introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).

A long term European political vision is needed to overcome the crisis


This is the message of the Autumn Plenary Assembly of COMECE, which took place on 26 to 28 October 2011 in Brussels.

Constitutional law strengthens the rights of the German Parliament once again

German constitutional Court

A strong emphasis on the position of the German Parliament in the context of European integration runs like a leitmotif through the case law of Germany’s highest court. It is confirmed that the Bundestag has comparable weight in relation to measures affecting the budget.

Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2014-2020: what lies behind the proposal

European Union

This article gives an insight into the main issues at stake behind the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework, that of a more policy-driven EU budget, and into the battle to come, that of ‘own resources’.

Taking stock of the Summit

European Council

It appears that even the European Council is not entirely comfortable with its decisions. At least, that is the impression you are left with after reading the conclusions of the 23-24 June Summit.

The Greek Crisis: archaic practices and cover-ups

European Union

As it trundles on, the Greek crisis has been anything but transparent. After months of frenetic negotiations it is still safe to bet that Europe will not leave Athens in the lurch.

The social market economy – a compass for Europe


“Social market economy in the European Union” was the theme of a conference on 27 and 28 May organised by the COMECE Secretariat and the Katholische Sozialwissenschaftliche Zentralstelle (“Catholic Social Sciences Centre”) affiliated with the German Bishops’ Conference.

It’s not enough to refer to our values


Philippe Herzog is the Director of the Confrontations Europe think-tank and special adviser to Commissioner Michel Barnier. After discussing forms of solidarity from nation state to the EU, he ended his address to the Mönchengladbach conference by drawing attention to the real danger facing the Eurozone and the need for progress in economic integration.


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