FEPS Fresh Thinking

Archives for EU Priorities and Opinion

The election of François Hollande in France and the outcome of the Greek elections are evident examples of the growing anti-austerity reaction in Europe. And France and Greece are not the only examples. The Dutch Government had to resign recently after the populist right-wing party removed its support to a proposed austerity package, which included… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

Keynes teaches us that we should not slow down growth in periods of already sluggish growth! Last year ended with an EU Summit and 2012 started as 2011 ended. At the beginning of January Merkel and Sarkozy met in Berlin and at the end of the month we will again have another summit. It seems… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

How long will Germans be made guilty in a Platonian cave haunted by shadows of the past? In the last couple of weeks all over Europe a sentiment of Germanophopia appeared and this even amongst political friends. Comments like “If the Euro fails, the EU will disintegrate. And you, our German friends, will miss the… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

Those who have seen the recent movie Contagion are aware how terrible this is when necessary precautions have not been taken in time. Let us be clear, the “crisis-beast”, or the financial markets have already been very successful in their contagion strategy. We have seen last week that two democratically elected Euro-zone governments, Greece and… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

Yesterday the President of the European Council announced the postponement of the long overdue Eurozone summit which was due to take place next week. I am wondering if the Belgian Council President is now using Belgian practices of non-decision making and postponing. We all know that Belgium is now more than 16 months – since… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

9/11 changed the world. This is what most of the comments made this week-end stipulate. The world seems to have shrunk in many ways in the last decade. It goes without saying that we still suffer the consequences: thousands of innocent people killed at 9/11, the wars in Iraq, in Afghanistan, the wave of violence… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

The current crisis almost brought us to a dead end – certainly more evident in the US and Europe than perhaps in the other continents. But nevertheless the situation is frightening. Europe seems to be crumbling; the sovereign debt crisis threatened the whole European project. In Spain, in Britain and elsewhere the youth no longer… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter