Despite all the flowery rhetoric we are subjected to, about European solidarity and what have you, the so-called economic adjustment programmes for Greece have become a hypocritical sham. The truth is that the process is driven by casuistic calculation based on the application of selfserving economic and financial positivism. The process remains detached from the
Hearings before this Parliament for nominees to the EU’s Court of Auditors are consultative. Nominees who receive a negative vote in committee or plenary, can still be appointed if the Council of Ministers so decides. Dr Toni Abela was nominated this year by the Maltese government. He promised that if turned down by the relevant
Written Statement: Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 March 2016 and outcome of the EU-Turkey summit.
It was necessary to conclude quickly an agreement between the EU and Turkey on migrant flows. In prevailing circumstances the agreement is the best arrangement possible. However the strategic flaws inherent in it should be recognised. The most important problem remains that Turkey-EU relations have become poisoned by a mutual bad faith that is long
It is important to ensure that the direction towards banking union is maintained. However it is equally important that the impact of changes that banking union brings in its wake are tracked in an effective way, for corrective measures to be taken as necessary and quickly, not when it is too late. It cannot simply
There should be consensus that we need… and that Tunisia needs… this agreement. However across the divide of those signing the agreement, institutionally and economically, we are not operating at the same level. In agriculture, what trading concessions we concede to Tunisia, weak though they seem from the south of the Mediterranean, are perceived from
So long as it introduces better transparency in tax matters over the European Union, the Commission decision on the corporate tax package is welcome. However, where it serves as part of a wider programme to introduce harmonisation of taxation across member states, the package must be critically scrutinised. Member states especially in the Eurozone are