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The Lisbon Treaty has enhanced the international Role of the EU. The appointment of a High Representative, de facto a EU foreign minister, and the creation of a diplomatic service, composed of officials from EU institutions and member states, are the most innovative changes. Thanks to this new constitutional framework the 50-year old Commission Delegations… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The European Council meeting of 28/29 June 2012 may enter history as having advanced further towards a deeper union among European countries, accompanied by a progressive split among Euro and non-Euro members. It has also demonstrated the ever rising complexity of decisions taken. Shaping European policy has never been easy and keeps becoming more and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Quo vadis Europe?

Europe is presently engaged in an intensive debate related to the crisis of sovereign debt, its governance and the links between citizens and EU institutions. I offer my modest contribution to this debate. The EU will have solved most of its sovereign debt problems by 2020. This follows logically from the progressive, reduction of member… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

When politicians get bored or frustrated with the jobs for which they are appointed they often “invade” new fields for which they have no particular competence. This seems to be the case with Guido Westerwelle, the German foreign minister. At the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Copenhagen, March 10-12, he has proposed a… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Most European citizens have no clear idea how “rich” the country they live in is compared to the other 26 EU member states. And few will score 100% when asked to give the correct rating for each of the 27. Thanks to a comparative EUROSTAT analysis of per capita incomes (in purchasing power parities) in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

(Presentation to Austrian Consultants, Vienna 26.11. 2010) In the coming 40 years Europe will be confronted with two overriding challenges: • Make its energy supply essentially C02 emission-free as part of the global fight against climate change and energy security; • Maintain its competitiveness in an increasingly harsher global environment. I. To make its energy… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

For the last 40 years Europe has been struggling for a single patent comparable to patents issued by the US Patent Office. The patents granted by the European Patent Office in Munich are only valid in the 37 signatory countries of the 1973 European Patent Convention, after due translation into the respective national languages. This… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

With one month to go before the opening of the 16th ministerial climate conference in Cancun, the EU Environment Council, meeting on October 24th, has defined its expectations and “negotiation directives”. The “Council Conclusions” adopted to that end contain a lot of exaggerated hopes, couched in an excessive technical jargon. Who would not agree that… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

On an ordinary October day 2010 the international media carried four reports concerning EU activities: EU moves to block a Polish deal with Russia; EU claims victory over aircraft C02 emissions; EU Parliament to extend motherhood vacation to 20 weeks; EU Presidency proposes compromise over environmental levies on trucks. Each of these apparently trivial and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein