The #Corona crisis and #EU_banking – yet another test for Europe?
A decade ago we learnt that the European project could not be taken for granted. History is not a one-way street. Triggered by the Great Financial Crisis, the continent was engulfed in the eurozone crisis, which pitched northerners against southerners in previously unimaginable ways. The crisis nearly ended with Greece leaving the eurozone – who […]Read post
Today is #le_18_juin. #De_Gaulle’s day!
In Germany and elsewhere in Europe, this bilingual headline will at best awaken historians and history lovers. Today is the 80th anniversary of the BBC radio speech by Brigadier General Charles de Gaulle. For the French, l‘appel du 18 juin rings just about the same bells as Winston Churchill’s blood, toil, tears, and sweat speech […]Read post
How much is #500bn euros?
Not long ago EU leaders bickered over the third decimal place of the next EU 2021-2027 budget. Should it be 1.074% of EU Gross National Income as proposed by Charles Michel in his role as President of the European Council, 1.114% as suggested by the European Commission, a generous 1.3% as argued by the European […]Read post
Christine #Lagarde writes a letter to Angela #Merkel
Dear Angela, oh, là, là, these lawyers (I’m one myself), they are nothing but unnecessary trouble. But I don’t let myself be annoyed and you, as far as I know you, certainly don’t either. I am writing you a letter from woman to woman, very old-fashioned, with a fountain pen and not via mail. For, […]Read post
#Brexit despite corona – to the promised land!
In times of the Corona pandemic it is difficult to imagine that not long ago other issues were making the headlines. For the EU one such issue was Brexit. For those who might have forgotten: the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016, officially left in January 2020 and is currently in […]Read post
#EU_summit: It ain’t what you do…it’s the way that you do it
The European Union is currently facing its greatest challenge yet in the form of the Corona pandemic. Its response may determine its future. Will Europe rise to the common challenge and emerge stronger or will it fail to do so and thereby jeopardise the European project? Not only the measures taken but also how the […]Read post
What does #Brussels say to #Hungary?
All EU members are equal. But some are more equal. George Orwell has written the best commentary on the situation in Hungary with his “Animal Farm”. #Victor_Orbán, who is still the prime minister of his country by title, has long been making his way from democrat (which he used to be a good twenty […]Read post
Reflections on #Doomsday
On Thursday morning, 26 March 2020, a remarkable 1,910,000 entries can be found in 0.38 seconds on Google for the German search term “Weltuntergang” (end of the world). For the English “Armageddon” there are 31.4 million entries, for “doomsday” 29.8 million in 0.60 seconds. The fear of the end of the world I […]Read post