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Angela Merkel has for a second year in a row been chosen as the world’s most powerful woman by the Forbes magazine. Surely then, being Angela Merkel would be every woman’s dream. Yet, the reality would not be further away. Despite all her efforts during the past two years to stave off a full-blown euro… » read more

Posted by Konstandinos Diamandouros

German popularity today is probably at one of the lowest points in post-war Europe. Its stubborn persistence on fiscal austerity has made it the object of severe criticism from all corners of the world. That disenfranchised citizens, politicians ranging from patriotic nationalists to utopian communists, liberal minded intellectuals and the lot would condemn the evils… » read more

Posted by Konstandinos Diamandouros

The European Union has always been considered a union of sovereign democratic nations. In fact, democracy is regarded as a sine qua non for EU membership as clearly stipulated in article 1a of the Lisbon Treaty which reads ‘The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy…..’. Yet, never before… » read more

Posted by Konstandinos Diamandouros

On 15 Febuary, I was listening to Nigel Farage’s intervention in the European Parliament about the Greek crisis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8Ayb8P1LbU).   For those not familiar with the name, MEP Farage is leader of the UK Independence Party and President of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Party in the EP. Have long considered myself an enthusiastic… » read more

Posted by Konstandinos Diamandouros