In her presentation, German Chancellor Merkel was as lucid as usual but failed to clarify the basis of her priorities for Europe’s future. Among the three areas she listed wherein to develop greater European unity, came military defence and security. But which military threats are now looming over Europe? And if they exist, why did
Assessing whether democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights are being breached systemically depends on analysis of the available facts, duly proven. It also frequently depends on subjective points of views adopted for political and other reasons that filter into the assessments being made. Unless this is recognized, there can be no worthwhile approach
Private consumption has grown. Exports and investment have increased. Unemployment continues to fall and it has gotten closer to pre-crisis levels. Profits of corporations have increased. Public deficit and debt levels have been largely brought under control. Not so the share of the economic cake being enjoyed by the working and middle classes; there the
“The Commission must be big on the big things, and act only where it can achieve better results than Member States acting alone”. So said President Juncker at the beginning of his Commission’s term in 2014. While agreeing with this approach, I believe that as of today, it has not happened. If there were attempts
Protezzjoni tal-ġurnalisti u d-difiża tal-libertà tal-midja f’Malta: il-każ ta’ Daphne Caruana Galizia
Il-qtil ta’ Daphne Caruana Galizia huwa delitt orribbli, li qatt ma jista’ jkun gustifikat. Mhuwiex attakk biss kontra persuna individwali , imma kontra Malta, l-Ewropa u l-valuri tal-Maltin kollha. M’għandniex inħallu dan l-att faħxi jimmina d-demokrazija f’pajjizna. Lanqas għandna nhallu l-konsegwenzi tiegħu jaqsmu lil pajjizna u lill-poplu Malti. Magħquda flimkien, irridu niżguraw li ssir ġustizzja.
Proposals for EU reform and deepening have proliferated. In the European Union formally or informally, they must be acknowledged and taken into account. Especially with regard to the eurozone, most proposals envisage further deepening of central management structures on a federalist basis. They then put a bracket around meaningful consolidation strategies. Yet, these should be