Commentaries

Re-elected Barroso faces market challenge

By Paul Taylor
September 16, 2009

bozoJose Manuel Barroso promised the European Parliament that as re-elected president of the European Commission he will have more authority to fight for Europe and defend its single market against economic nationalism.

Gifts for all on Barroso’s Christmas tree

By Paul Taylor
September 15, 2009

danybozo-epJose Manuel Barroso’s pitch to the European Parliament for a confirmation vote on Wednesday was like a Christmas tree, with gifts for everyone.

Obama playing a weak hand with Iran

By Paul Taylor
September 15, 2009

The announcement that the major powers, including the United States, are going to open talks with Iran on Oct. 1 ought to be a source of rejoicing. After all, isn’t this what much of the world has been urging for several years, while the European Union conducted a frustrating, low-key dialogue like the warm-up band at a rock concert?

German Opel aid tests EU rules

By Paul Taylor
September 15, 2009

opel-logosThe credibility of the European Union’s single market and state aid rules is at stake over Germany’s selective offer of taxpayers’ money to preserve Opel factories and jobs on its soil.

French PM eyes Barroso’s job?

By Paul Taylor
September 7, 2009

fillonIs France trying to stymie Jose Manuel Barroso’s re-election for a second term as European Commission president?

Barroso’s EU vision lacks levers for change

By Paul Taylor
September 7, 2009

Could the European Union be among the big losers of the global financial crisis?

Despite signs that recession in Europe may be bottoming out, the 27-nation bloc risks emerging from the turmoil with its economic growth potential stunted, its public finances shackled by mountains of debt, and its international influence weakened.

Latvia: let the lat go

July 29, 2009

Do as you would be done by. This excellent rule surely applies as much in monetary affairs as it does in other fields of human endeavour. Those who loudly urge Latvia not to devalue its currency should reflect upon it.

The European browser elections and other tech news links

July 27, 2009

Microsoft says the best way to resolve its dispute with European Union competition regulators may be an election.  The software giant spelled out late on Friday Brussels time plans for an election-style ballot to decide the question of which browser consumers use in Windows.

Kroes hits right note on EU bank aid

By Paul Taylor
July 22, 2009

Neelie Kroes, the EU Competition Commissioner, is right to be taking a hard line on state aid to banks, which will distort competition if not repaid. However, she will have to fight member states like Britain and Germany, which are desperately encouraging banks to lend locally, nursing large losses on their capital injections or trying to avoid massive upheaval in their banking industries.

Polish EU vision breaks the mould

By Paul Taylor
July 22, 2009

At last — a Polish vision of the future of the European Union that does not involve refighting
World War Two or dying in a ditch for outsized voting rights.