Posts for EU

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 15th September 2017

Dear Fred,
The answer to Henry Kissinger’s age old question of who do I call when I want to call Europe has just got a whole lot easier. In one stroke of the pen, Jean-Claude Juncker has reduced the number of EU presidents from five to three, Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Monday, 10th July 2017

Dear Fred,
The silly season came early to Strasbourg with the Juncker vs Tajani spat resembling a Punch and Judy show. “You’re ridiculous” claimed Juncker over the near-empty chamber for the Maltese presidency, “Oh no we’re not” replied Tajani, with a stomp of his foot and a rather childish reminder that we control you. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Monday, 19th June 2017

Dear Fred,
It looks like the countdown to the 2019 European Parliament elections has started two years in advance. This week saw desperate attempts by senior MEPs to avoid a series of issues that risked damaging the parliament’s image and reputation. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 19th May 2017

Dear Fred,
Has the EPP finally lost patience with its enfant terrible, Viktor Orban, and is it ready to expel his party from the group? Over half of the 216 EPP members either supported, or abstained, in the vote on a cross-party resolution calling for the launch of the article 7 procedure. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 07th April 2017

“Britain is an island, not a boat. It will remain where it is ...” must rank as one of the more astute observations about Brexit to emerge from all the sabre-rattling talk of recent weeks. The plenary debate on the Brexit negotiations was bound to be an exercise in hyperbole and MEPs from all sides did not disappoint. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 17th March 2017

Dear Fred,
You know it’s a quiet week for news when rabbits and donkeys grab the headlines, but animal lovers are a vocal constituency and have been inundating MEPs' mail boxes for weeks with missives on the plight of farm rabbits and donkey welfare. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 17th February 2017

Dear Fred,
Hot tip of the week – buy shares in Manitobah Mukluks quick! What, you’ve never heard of them? That’s because the EU has been slapping a whopping 17% tariff on these indigenously-sourced Canadian winter boots.
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Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 20th January 2017

The film La La Land is the hot tip for the Oscars this year. My dictionary offers two handy definitions for the term: “a place renowned for its frivolous activity” and “a euphoric dreamlike mental state detached from the harsher realities of life”. Read more...