Posts for Postcard from Strasbourg

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 20th April 2018

Dear Fred,
What do Luxembourg, Columbia and Guinea have in common? Tax havens, good coffee, the viviparous toad? No, the leaders of all three countries will be queuing up in the May part session to address a plenary short of legislative files to keep it busy.
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Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 16th March 2018

Dear Fred,
The EU press corps are a feisty lot and have been in particularly combative mood of late over the whole Selmayr shenanigans. They are used to a certain amount of pandering by the political groups, eager to get some column inches for their leaders. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Dear Fred,
Amidst all the institutional empire-building, it’s good to see the European Parliament get down to some serious downsizing. The dilemma of what to do with the 73 seats vacated by the departing Brits has been partly resolved but still requires Ministerial approval before being set in stone. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 19th January 2018

Dear Fred,
Breaking news: The real Donald Trump has just tweeted that the Postcard from Strasbourg is to receive one of his prestigious fake news awards. The citation reads: “Stories all made up. Fact. The guy has probably never been to Strasburgerland. Sad”. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 15th December 2017

Dear Fred,
In a week full of noble causes – the Democratic opposition in Venezuela winning the Sakharov prize, sweeping recommendations from the inquiry committee on tax crimes, prolonging and expanding the EU investment plan up to €500 billion – it was the humble kebab that dominated the headlines. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 17th November 2017

Dear Fred,
It looks like Malta has joined Hungary and Poland on the EU’s naughty chair. At this rate they’ll need a sofa. A resolution adopted by an overwhelming majority sets out serious concerns about the rule of law, Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Thursday, 26th October 2017

Dear Fred,
Spare a thought for that most endangered of species, the British MEP. Not only have they had their life-expectancy cut to 18 months, they are now suffering the indignity of people fighting over their seats before they’ve even vacated them. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 06th October 2017

Dear Fred,
“Let the lion roar,” trumpeted Boris Johnson. “It’s time to stop treating the referendum result as though it were a plague of boils or a murrain of cattle … it’s time to be bold”. Read more...

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...