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 The European Parliament Investigates

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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 Malta: When a Tax Haven Turns into an Offshore Hell

Lobbyists in Brussels: The Dark Side of the EU?

In front of the the European Parliament, there is a small square with a lot of little bars and coffee houses called 'Place du Luxembourg'. Every workday, it is busy with people who work in the European institutions and the many offices in the vicinity of the Parliament. You can sit there in a coffee … Weiterlesen Lobbyists in Brussels: The Dark Side of the EU?

The EU’s Schizophrenic Fight Against Tax Avoidance

How can you fight a problem when those with whom you fight are part of the problem? The European Commission has made tax justice and the fight against corporate tax avoidance one of its „top priorities“. But how credible is this commitment when some Member States persistently block the proposed measures? A Union of Tax … Weiterlesen The EU’s Schizophrenic Fight Against Tax Avoidance

What can History Teach us?

„What makes you think that some values are the right ones for everyone?“. I was walking through the streets of Berlin lately with a friend of mine and we were having an argument over values. We both agreed that rightwing populists were immoral, insofar as they propagated xenophobic and sometimes even racist thoughts. In my … Weiterlesen What can History Teach us?

Verhofstadt Surrenders to political Opportunism

The presidential elections in the European Parliament last week have shown low instincts and political intrigues at their best. Opportunism and the strive for power have prevailed over political integrity and the adherence to values and ideas. Guy Verhofstadt has best illustrated how quickly one can fall prey to the little intrigues and deals that animate life … Weiterlesen Verhofstadt Surrenders to political Opportunism

Ulrike Guérot’s Warum Europa eine Republik werden muss – Book Review

In Warum Europa eine Republik werden muss (2016), Ulrike Guérot describes the vision of a Europe Republic in which nation states have been overcome and in which citizens' interests are no longer subordinated to market constraints. A must-read for all those who are looking for renewal in Europe. Dare the utopia! This could be the motto of … Weiterlesen Ulrike Guérot’s Warum Europa eine Republik werden muss – Book Review