Tag Archives: Community Method

Accommodating the ECB and the Democratic Costs of Intergovernmentalism

This post offers a short note clarifying the dynamics of the asymmetric relationship between the ECB and the governments of the Euro-area, its disparity with the USA and the UK and how this explains the lip service that is being … Continue reading

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The end (of the crisis) is nigh! – On treaty change and Lenders of Last Resort

Another week and another bout of hysteria, as banks warn about the risk of a Euro-breakup due to the upcoming banking crisis. May be that’s to over do it, but clearly it increases the ever unquantifiable risk of that happening. … Continue reading

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Barroso’s Speech: European Orthodoxy, Legislative Proposals and Punching the Chinese

Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, gave a speech to the Konrad Adenhaur Foundation (video extracts/full transcript), on the state of the EU. I am not in the habit of following every speech made by EU leaders. There … Continue reading

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The European Crisis Game they play: “Forecasting” the results of the July 21, 2011 Eurogroup meeting

I suppose this post applies to most decisions under crisis, but I suppose that this meeting is what everyone wants to know about. Right? So I’ll have a shot at it… I am actually going to go against everyone and … Continue reading

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Thank you Mr Bini Smaghi, but Fiscal Federalism is not Centralisation…

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Mr Lorenzo Bini Smaghi recently gave a speech where he addressed the issue of European Fiscal Union, at length. That post gave a pure report of the speech and made no efforts to … Continue reading

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A € for your Thoughts (3): Mr Bini Smaghi on European Fiscal Union

Mr Bini Smaghi gave a speech in Hall, Germany, on February 14. His St. Valentines gift to Europe is interesting and much more complicated than this comment from the FT’s money supply leads us to believe. Honestly, I am not … Continue reading

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The EP wants to stay in Brussels, Weber withdraws, Barroso claims relevance and border issues

A quick post with some highlights of the news: So the European Parliament was at it again… They are fed up of having to move to Strasbourg once a month, and rightfully so. As they so often do, they are … Continue reading

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