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An Unlawful Commission

Sir, Regarding ‘The new European Commisssion‘: The long-standing plan to reduce the size of the European Commission has just succeeded beyond all expectations, but not quite as intended. Legally there is now only one commissioner, José Manuel Barroso, who was recently re-appointed as president according the procedure laid down in the treaties. The five-year terms… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Slovakia could follow Czech Lisbon demands‘: Neither Slovaks nor Czechs need to worry and complicate the Lisbon Treaty ratification process. The European Charter of Basic Rights, which Mr. Klaus wants to suspend in the case of the Czech Republic, cannot be used retroactively, and therefore cannot be used for any property right claims.… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Hunt continues for women to fill top EU posts‘: Why not invite Arianna Huffington to be EU president. She is Greek, educated in England, politically savvy, extremely well-connected globally, a businesswoman, started up and runs a large, complex, organisation (The Huffington Post), is multilingual, etc. She would add a touch of class and… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Commission must address ‘rigid’ recruitment system‘: The first question to ask is: what is the Commission for? Then it can be decided who is to be recruited and how. If the commissioners are to be all political, and composed of national or even nationalistic representatives (as national politicians decided secretly in the Council… » read more

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The Benes Decrees

Sir, Regarding ‘Czechs warned they could lose EU commissioner‘: I thought that the question of the compatibility of the Benes decrees with EU law had been resolved upon accession of the Czech Republic. What I read in official documents was rather convincing, namely that EU law cannot be applied retroactively. If it were, one could… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Choosing Mr(s). Europe‘: Whilst the list of eminent names is most assuredly excellent and no doubt the ‘candidates’ have agreed to their names being put forward, there seems to be one missing: Dora Bakoyannis, the retiring foreign minister of Greece. Bakoyannis is surely the most eminent Greek stateswoman of our time. Having survived… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Regions want more say on EU growth and jobs policy‘ [1]: I would like to share with you and your readers my shock and bewilderment upon reading the following statement in the Committee of the Regions’ final report on a New Strategy for Sustainable Growth: “The Council of the European Union and the… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Blair still first in line for EU president, say UK media‘: To me it seems pretty obvious that people close to Tony Blair are spreading the idea that he could become Council president. There is not a shred of evidence that this is a realistic option. Angela Merkel is known to oppose Blair’s… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Resounding Irish ‘yes’ to EU’s Lisbon Treaty‘: Most politicians hailed the outcome of the second referendum on the same Lisbon Treaty. Not surprisingly, the loudest amongst them were the Brussels Eurocrats whose proliferation and revenue is further secured by the Treaty [1], [2]. Some politicians were even insolent enough to claim that the… » read more

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USSR Reloaded?

Sir, Regarding ‘Lisbon referendum just one of many hurdles for Dublin‘: In an historic second referendum on a treaty changing the way the European Community functions (the Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community [1], alias the Lisbon Treaty), today the Irish people will determine the… » read more

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