Highlights of the Week: French Elections, Viktor Orbán in Brussels, Quarrel over Schulz

What happens in Brussels is not only about Brussels. Hardly a week passes by without a debate or a decision with repercussions on the rest of Europe or even the world. I am starting a series of articles to highlight some occurences and to share with others my thoughts on them. In this first attempt, I... weiterlesen →

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Proposals on a Eurozone Governance

The outcome of the French elections are likely to have far-reaching consequences for the European project. It is a showdown between pro-European figures who want to relaunch the European integration on the one side, and eurosceptics who want to destroy it on the other. This article is a critical discussion of the eurozone parliament, one... weiterlesen →

Are you political?

Are you political? Many of us - young people in particular - tend to say no. Politics is too complicated and abstract to raise our interest. What is more, politics has come to be associated with parties or political organisations and with having to subordinate oneself to a group of people and their ideology. We... weiterlesen →

Offshore Centres and Developing countries: Do we have a moral duty to fight the offshore industry?

Offshore structures are abused for purposes of money laundering, corruption, tax avoidance and tax evasion. This has adverse effects on developing countries, in particular, which are further destabilised and lose important sources of revenue. The Western world is responsible for this, insofar as it helps sustain the offshore economy. One reason the life-span of the... weiterlesen →

The European Parliament Investigates

Could the inquiry committee on the Panama Papers force Juncker to step down? Inquiry committees are normally a powerful tools for parliaments to control executive bodies. The European Parliament however lacks significant powers to make effecive use of its right of inquiry. The Commission has no reason to worry. PANA Committee invites Juncker Committees of investigations are... weiterlesen →

Malta: When a Tax Haven Turns into an Offshore Hell

Watch out for the Panama Papers committee visit to Malta. Tomorrow, Monday 19 February, Members of the European Parliament Inquiry Committee into tax avoidance, tax evasion and money laundering will travel to Malta to meet with politicians and institutions who were involved in the Panama Papers scandal. The MEPs are expected to voice harsh criticism... weiterlesen →

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