Category Archives: European Union

What Angela Merkel should tell London

Dear Brits, Please Be Upfront! On Thursday 27 February 2014 German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in London, meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron and Queen Elizabeth II. She will also address the House of Commons and the House of … Continue reading

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Herman Van Rompuy at Pergamon Museum

Herman van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, has delivered the first “The State of Europe” speech in Berlin on 9 November 2010. The President that took office a year ago came to Berlin at a time when the … Continue reading

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The Franco-German Tandem is Back

The European Union is still struggling to protect the euro currency against new turbulences. Member states agree that the current Stability and Growth Pact needs to be reformed to give the sanctions regime a stronger clout, and that the Union … Continue reading

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Row over Turkey’s EU Accession?

Following an interview with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, the Wall Street Journal reported last week that Westerwelle’s openness to Turkey becoming a member of the European Union puts him at odds with his coalition partners, Chancellor Merkel and the conservative … Continue reading

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German Law Journal: Kosovo in the ICJ

The current issue of the German Law Journal is looking at the Kosovo case, analyzing the July 2010 opinion of the International Court of Justice. This is the first comprehensive analysis of the Court’s recent opinion. This month’s issue covers … Continue reading

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Conservative wants Turkey in EU

The British Prime Minister David Cameron made it very clear on a recent visit to Turkey: He wants the country to become an EU member soon. Cameron implicitly criticized his conservative colleagues on the continent, Chancellor Merkel and French President … Continue reading

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Who Understands Germany’s Europapolitik?

There have recently been intense discussions in Germany’s EU partner countries over Berlin’s handling of the Greek debt crisis and its impact on the euro zone. Has Germany fallen out of love with the European Union? This is a question … Continue reading

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Sunshine Between Berlin and London?

For all those who had doubts after the BBC’s James Coomarasamy put him to the test last September: Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle actually does speak English. And he proved a sense of humour when the new British Deputy Prime … Continue reading

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Van Rompuy in Berlin ahead of EU Summit

Perhaps most Europeans still haven’t heard of the European Union’s new President. But Herman van Rompuy, who appeared on the scene in late 2009 with a new provision of the Lisbon Treaty that foresees a permanent elected president for the … Continue reading

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Merkel Lonely in Europe?

Chancellor Angela Merkel is struggling with the impact of the Euro crisis. She is not only facing criticism for what is seen as a going-it-alone approach in the currency crisis by European and international partners. Back in Germany, life has … Continue reading

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