Lisbon Treaty

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Sixty years on, the EU drifts aimlessly and soullessly

On 25 March, after a prior meeting this weekend of the European Council devoted essentially to economic growth and employment, the 27 members (the UK, on the verge of triggering the Brexit process, will not attend) are set to hold a special summit in the Italian capital to commemorate [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Double majority in the European Union

Technicalities can conceal an abundance of politics. One of the last provisions of the Lisbon Treaty (which had been signed in 2007 and has been applied since late 2009) came into effect on 1 November, coinciding with the changing of the guard in Brussels. The text itself had postponed [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The European Commission’s politicisation

The EU’s institutions have experienced a further tectonic shift that can enhance and at the same time disrupt the most original elements involved in the process of European integration: the Commission. In proposing Spitzenkandidaten for the presidency of the European Commission, the European Parliament and its main political families [...]
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