The four top Americans who flew to Europe perplexed things about Trump’s intentions

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General (on the right) and James Mattis, the US Secretary of Defense delivered a joint statement after a bilateral meeting, in the context of the regular gathering of NATO ministers of defense. Brussels, Belgium, 15-16 February 2017. (NATO photo gallery).

Four top ranking Washington bigwigs – who flew to Munich, Brussels and Bonn to mend fences with Europe, after Donald Trump termed NATO ‘obsolete’ and rejoiced the unraveling of the EU, left the Europeans bewildered with the dangerously diverging stories they had to narrate. Only the extreme right wing, Polish Defense Minister Anton Macierewicz seemed […]

Will Brexit shatter the EU or is it still too early to predict?

Discussion between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker (in the foreground, from left to right)
Date: 21/10/2016. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2016 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Etienne Ansotte

The president of the European Commission together with EU and German officials fear that Brexit will divide the EU after the negotiations have been concluded. Theresa May is about to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin the talks for UK’s exit once the House of Lords grants permission. In addition to the Brexit procedure, […]

Why is Grexit again in the news? Who is to pay for Eurozone’s banking problems?

Wolfgang Schäuble, the German Federal minister for Finance, addressing the Plenary of the Bundestag. City: Berlin. Country: Deutschland. Date taken: 17.02.2016. Photographer: Achim Melde. German Parliament work.

Grexit, Greece’s exit from the euro area, is back in the news – for the wrong reasons. During this past week, the country’s creditors, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism and the International Monetary Fund, finally agreed amongst themselves to set even tougher conditions in order to continue refinancing the […]

EU: Divided they stand on immigration and Trump hurricanes

The European Union heads of state or government met for an informal summit in Valletta, Malta on 3 February 2017. At the morning session, the 28 EU leaders focused on migration issues. During the afternoon session the 27 leaders, after the British PM Theresa May left, prepared the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. From left to right: Joseph Muscat, Maltese Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Shoot location: Valletta – Malta. Shoot date: 03/02/2017. Copyright: European Union.

The last Friday’s Malta Summit of the 28 minus 1 EU leaders, on emigration and the future of Europe, was convened amidst a steaming wider political environment within and without Europe. The Council could only agree upon on transferring another €200 million to the one of the at least two Libyan governments, that a small […]

Europe led by Germany seems vulnerable to Trump’s threats

Yesterday in Rome Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian Prime Minister received Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council (from left to right). Shoot location: Rome – Italy. Shoot date: 01/02/2017. Copyright: European Union.

Trump’s America and Europe are obviously at odds. The question is how far this division will go? Unquestionably, it’s the new tenant of the White House who fuels this unseen before confrontation between the Atlantic allies, attached by a time cherished bonding that has politically and economically shaped the world as we know it so […]

Draghi repels Trump’s threats, rejects Schauble’s dictums

From left to right. Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of ECB, Mario Draghi, President of ECB, Christine Graeff, Director General Communications ECB. Draghi explained the Governing Council’s latest monetary policy decisions and answered questions from journalists at a press conference on 19 January 2017 in Frankfurt am Main. (ECB Audiovisual Services. Some rights reserved).

Mario Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank, is under mounting pressures both at home and abroad. From the other side of the Atlantic US President Donald Trump is overtly targeting a much cheaper dollar compared to euro, while at his inaugural speech he clearly praised trade protectionism by saying, “Protection will lead to […]

Germany and Europe prepare for Trump’s America

European Council - October 2016. The EU Heads of State or Government met on 20 October 2016 in Brussels. The leaders discussed relations with Russia and the situation in Syria. From left to right: Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg Prime Minister. In the background Teresa May, Prime Minister of Britain is seen. Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium. Shoot date: 20/10/2016. Copyright: European Union.

Germany, and more generally the EU, is now preparing in earnest to confront the groundbreaking changes in their relations with Trump’s America. Last week, both the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Federal minister for Finance Wolfgang Schauble, made direct and indirect statements about the policies now needed for Germany and the European Union. On […]

Will France vote for more or less Europe in the next presidential elections?

Meeting on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - From humiliation and exclusion to participation : eradicate all forms of poverty
Copyright: © European Union 2016 -  Source : EP.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: 19/10/2016.

Meeting on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – From humiliation and exclusion to participation : eradicate all forms of poverty Copyright: © European Union 2016 Source : EP. Location: Brussels, Belgium. Date: 19/10/2016. Photo: Alexis Haulot. The citizens of three of the strongest European countries, having in their minds the recent terrorist […]

US prosecutors now target Volkswagen’s top management, upsetting Germany

Volkswagen logo. (© School Photo Project).

Last Monday, the US prosecutors held Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, charging him with plotting to deceive the United States, over VW diesel emission scandal. He is to appear today in the U.S. District Court in Miami in a hearing before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. The VW employee was shown shackled and wearing a jail outfit. […]

Italian banks: It’s Rome’s turn to confront Berlin’s aggressiveness

Rome, Chigi Palace, Prime Minister’s residence. PM Paolo Gentiloni delivered the traditional end of year Press conference on 29/12/2016. (Italian government work, only some rights reserved. Foto: T. Barchielli).

Italy, after Greece, is now the next target of the archetypical Teutonic aggressiveness, aimed this time at making the life difficult for Paolo Gentiloni the new Prime Minister. The problems Rome has with the country’s banking system are being exaggerated and used by Berlin to either pave the road leading outside the euro area or […]