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
This year’s State of the Union message gave a look back. It presented the remaining programme of activities the Commission will implement by the end of its mandate and provided post-mandate strategic guidelines for the EU’s future development. We have swung from the depths of last year’s frustration and disappointment to a strong optimism. However,
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. It is sad but probable that current ideas to launch an EU defence plan could bear out this dictum. An EU defence plan can only work if it is based on a clear definition of what the common EU interest is by way of security and