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The European Institutional Tripod

This article was posted in European Consciousness.

European Triangle - image: wikimedia

European Triangle - image: wikimedia

a conference given by Frank Delmartino

1. A decade of institutional engineering
The new millennium has started with an exercise of redefining the Union, of redesigning the profile of its institutions, positioning itself vis-à-vis the outside world and delineating its policies.
We are all acquainted with the breakthroughs and the setbacks of the Convention and the troublesome road that finally led to the signing and ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. Meanwhile a certain institutional fatigue can be noticed. Even in academia the ‘constitutional’ debate has almost come to a standstill, with the exception of CFSP and the oncoming External Action Service.
Despite the fact that the Lisbon Treaty has, indeed, to be regarded as an institutional charter for the years to come, not all fundamental questions have been answered. In our view, reflection on the institutional philosophy is still crucial. In particular, the specific role of the three key actors and their interaction is still open for interpretation. Continue reading

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From Brussels to Brussels

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 10 / July 2010.

From Brussels to Brussels

From Brussels to Brussels

Dear Brussels,

The Lisbon Treaty – a pale replica of the draft Constitution – has been labelled a pre-enlargement and pre-crisis Treaty for an EU which has meanwhile extended to 27 Member States and is today confronted with the most serious recession since WWII.

Today’s agenda in the EU focuses on three issues: firstly, how to strengthen the governance of the eurozone against the twin dangers of speculation, a potential cause of break up, and of deflation along Japanese lines which would entail severe social suffering and perilous political unrest? Continue reading

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Un bilan de la présidence espagnole

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 09 / April 2010.

EU presidency - image: Spanish presidency

EU presidency - image: Spanish presidency

Un bilan de la présidence espagnole
Maria Dolors Martinez

Depuis le premier janvier 2010, l’Espagne préside le Conseil de l’Union Européenne. Au milieu de sa Présidence, quel bilan peut-on tirer?
De prime abord il faut faire deux rappels:
La Présidence de l’Espagne est la première présidence marquée par le Traité de Lisbonne, lequel se fera sentir tant sur le plan du rôle diplomatique du Président du Conseil que sur le plan législatif, car l’entrée en vigueur du nouveau Traité provoque toute une série de nouveautés. Être la première Présidence signifie en ce cas qu’il s’agira d’une Présidence de transition plutôt qu’une vraie Présidence du Conseil de l’UE renouvelé par le cadre du Traité de Lisbonne. Continue reading

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From Madrid to Brussels

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 08 / January 2010.

From Madrid to Brussels

From Madrid to Brussels

Dear Brussels,

The Spanish presidency of the European Union has not attracted much interest from ordinary Spanish citizens, nor from the media. It is not yet clear what the Presidency will mean for Spain, except that it is the occasion for hosting a multitude of meetings: the estimate is of more than a hundred high-level meetings (Heads of State and Governments, Ministers, senior officials) during the six months. Continue reading

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Irish referendum

Irish referendum

Towards the Lisbon Treaty Referendum – the View from Europe

The title proposed to me implies a double focus: actually, a double double focus. If the rest of this edition of Working Notes offers perspectives on Europe, my task is to discuss perspectives from Europe. Two doublets are implicit in the title:
‘The view’: but whose view? The view of the political establishment in Brussels? (There is no single view, but a whole set of overlapping or contrasting views.) Or rather the view of Jesuit organisations, or of the author?
‘The view’ – but of what? Of the merits and demerits of the Treaty of Lisbon itself? Or of the process of the Irish Referendum I (lost), through the subsequent inter-governmental negotiations to secure national concessions in view of Referendum II on October 2nd? Continue reading

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Bibliography 2008

This article was posted in Documentation.

Peter Knauer

  • Fundamentaltheologie im Koran?, in: FrZPhTh 55 (2008, 1) 141–165.
  • Zum Dialog Islam – Christentum, in: Paulus-Rundbrief – Katholische Gemeinde Deutscher Sprache Brüssel, Nr. 444, 02–03/2009, 8–10.
  • Unser liebes Geld –  Aktuelle Überlegungen zu einem Systemfehler, in: Orientierung 73 (2009) Nr. 4, 41–44. Continue reading
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From Dublin to Brussels

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 05 / April 2009.

From Dublin to Brussels

From Dublin to Brussels

Dear Brussels,

When the Treaty of Lisbon was signed in December 2007 the big story in the Irish media was Prime Minister Bertie Ahern’s financial affairs. The government was under pressure until he resigned in May 2008. During that time the campaign against the treaty got organised and effectively put the contents and implications of the treaty into question. Continue reading

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From Prague to Brussels

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 04 / January 2009.

From Prague to Brussels

From Prague to Brussels

La difficile ratification du Traité de Lisbonne en République tchèque

Cher Bruxelles,

L’Union Européenne et les affaires européennes en général sont peu présentes dans les medias et dans le débat publique en République Tchèque, à l’exception de ce qui concerne les aides financières accordées aux Tchèques par l’Union. La semaine du 24 au 30 novembre dernier ou, plus précisement, les derniers jours de cette semaine représentent une exception. Continue reading

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Semeurs de vertu

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 03 / October 2008.

Sowing the seed

Sowing the seed

Semeurs de vertu
Jérôme Vignon

A première vue, oui, le “non” irlandais se présente bien comme une catastrophe. Après trois années passées à réparer les pots cassés par le “non” français et hollandais, ouvrant une période de réflexion et de débat démocratique animée par le Parlement Européen, après avoir dépouillé le Traité de tout ce qui pouvait évoquer une ambition constitutive trop provocatrice, le “non” prononcé par une majorité incontestable d’Irlandais barre la route à une ratification complète, indispensable à la mise en œuvre du Traité de Lisbonne. Continue reading

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Editorial

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 02 / July 2008.

Editorial

Editorial

Ireland says ‘No’: So what?

The institutional settlement of the EU rather resembles a suburban commuter train – with (in London at least) many stops and almost as many delays – than a TGV which cuts journey times dramatically and brings closer together previously remote cities. After France and the Netherlands in 2005 it is now the turn of Ireland:  just one country out of the twenty-seven, but imbued with a special status because of the fact that this decision was decided by referendum rather than by Parliament. Continue reading

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