Reform the European Union to re-integrate the UK

Continental Europe is showing an unfortunate inability to understand the Brexit as a historic opportunity to rethink the European project and open ways for breaking the deadlock in which the European Union now finds itself. “Br-exit” could be transformed into “Br-entry”, a reincorporation into a concept of Europe that is acceptable to the United Kingdom. … Continue reading Reform the European Union to re-integrate the UK

Reformar la Unión Europea para re-integrar el Reino Unido

Europa continental está mostrando una lamentable incapacidad de entender el Brexit como una oportunidad histórica para repensar el proyecto europeo y abrir vías de solución al callejón sin salida en el que actualmente se encuentra la Unión Europea. “Br-exit” pudiera transformarse en “Br-entry”, en una reincorporación a un concepto de Europa que sea aceptable para … Continue reading Reformar la Unión Europea para re-integrar el Reino Unido

Behind the horse-trading for the top positions in Europe

European citizens have observed the negotiations surrounding nominations for the leadership positions of European institutions with dismay. Night-long sessions of horse-trading are certainly not new: finding compromise has always been inherent to the EU. New and worrying, however, have been the profound differences revealed by this inability to agree on leadership. More important than the … Continue reading Behind the horse-trading for the top positions in Europe

Detrás del trapicheo para elegir las posiciones claves de Europa

Los ciudadanos europeos deben estar observando con desconcierto, y no poco desencanto, las negociaciones sobre los personajes que cubrirán las posiciones de liderazgo de las instituciones europeas por los próximos años. Esas largas sesiones hasta las madrugadas de trapicheo en el Consejo Europeo no son ciertamente nuevas: labrar compromisos es la esencia de la Unión … Continue reading Detrás del trapicheo para elegir las posiciones claves de Europa

Mario Draghi´s sweetened balance of EMU successes

After a reasonably sober account of ECB´s monetary policy during the two decades of existence,  Draghi´s Speech "Twenty Years of the ECB’s monetary policy" at the annual ECB Forum on Central Banking in Sintra (Portugal, June 18, 2019)  became “marketing” speech at the end, when he praised the four (questionable) "successes" of the euro times. … Continue reading Mario Draghi´s sweetened balance of EMU successes