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Sir, For over a year now, EU governments have been bickering in public about anti-crisis measures. The disputes have even permeated national coalition governments . This is typically what happens in the absence of any authoritative and respected guidance from the European Commission. Under the well-tested Community method, discussions should exclusively take place within the… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Franco-German fiscal pact faces opposition‘: The franco-german invitation to Eurogroup member states to strengthen economic coordination within the Group under article 136 LT must be welcomed . Indeed this article PRESCRIBES such coordination and one must regret that it has not been enforced earlier as a reaction to the crisis . Let us… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Cyber-attacks now the most feared EU energy threat‘: Recent comments by European Commission officials concerning ‘cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure’ are superficial and fail to address key issues. Furthermore, discussions on this subject seem to occur only when budget allocations are being made. In 2003 PWR produced a report on this subject (Vulnerabilities of… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Parliament scales down Hungary media law debate‘: As private citizens, we are bewildered and confused. On the one hand, the European Commission still has to evaluate the conformity of the Hungarian media law with regard to EU legislation. On the other, MEPs from one political group already calling protests against this law and… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Sports policy could help build ‘European identity’‘: Reading your interview with Laurent Thieule of the think-tank Sport and Citizenship reminds me of Reagan’s famous dictum: The nine most dangerous words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”. Sport evolves organically. It is unique in creating a… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Cameron rallies troops for budget battle‘: UK Prime Minister David Cameron said last July that he would strongly support Turkey’s EU membership. But today I have my doubts. The EU membership of Turkey is possible towards 2016-2020 on the condition that the next budget of the EU for 2014-2020 foresees some funds for… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Barroso: Media freedom is ‘our sacred principle’‘: Hungary would veto Romania’s accession to Schengen if pressed by the EU to alter its recent press legislation. In turn Romania would veto Treaty change to allow the 18 additional MEPs to sit in the European Parliament and impose a CVM clause on Croatia’s accession to… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Italy isolated as ten countries unite on patents‘: Today, most technical and commercial communications are in English, while an inventor’s mother tongue is their most precise communication tool. Why not combine the two (the inventor’s usual language + English) in a two-column layout where paragraphs in one language are aligned next to the… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘IMF votes to shift more power to developing countries‘: Article 138§2 of the TFEU prescribes that “the Council may adopt appropriate measures for ensuring a unified representation (of the EU) in international financial institutions”. The recent reshuffle of seats and voting rights within the IMF was a unique occasion to trigger that clause… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Romania fumes at Franco-German Schengen blockade‘: The Jesuit Refugee Service is seriously concerned about the recent announcement by the Greek Minister of Citizens’ Protection that the Greek government is considering building a fence along the 12.5km section of Greece’s land border with Turkey, and about the weak reaction from the European Commission. We… » read more

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