This blog is hosted on Ideas on EuropeIdeas on Europe Avatar

Category Archives: Current Affairs

Resistance is Futile

Published on by

Parts of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, as well as their civil society supporters, seem to have taken a rather unusual approach to the question of whether the Conservative Maltese Tonio Borg should be permitted to serve as the new Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs. In general, their objection seems to be […]

How the Dutch state is stealing from itself

Published on by

Even though this story has no obvious European dimension – other than a bit of international tax competition – I think it is interesting enough to be worth cross-posting here. As explained yesterday, I managed to get all of Dutch politics in a frenzy last Saturday, by pointing out that the Dutch state railway company NS […]

Circumcision (2)

Published on by

Things got a little awkward in the comments section of my earlier circumcision post today, because commenter Jade pointed out a rather glaring, embarrassing and altogether unforgivable shortcoming in my argument. The problem doesn’t concern the ruling of the court in Cologne, but rather the constitutionality of a law that would potentially undo this judgement, […]

A Liberal Approach to Circumcision

Published on by

I have to admit, when Max Steinbeis wrote it down in German, he gave me pause: “Wenn dieses Urteil richtig wäre, dann müssten ausgerechnet deutsche Staatsanwälte (…)  Juden verfolgen, weil sie tun, was Juden tun.” (Like Harry Mulisch already said when he was writing about the Holocaust and the Eichmann trial, sometimes quotes should simply […]

Dutch Border Checks

Published on by

I love it when I’m proven right. As I explained last February, those cameras the Dutch government put at the borders do not actually violate Schengen law, as long as you carefully deny that they are there to prevent illegal immigration. From EUObserver: Brussels defends Dutch border control project TODAY @ 16:59 BRUSSELS – Existing Dutch […]

AG Kokott on Multilingualism

Published on by

Given that I already blogged twice in recent weeks about multilingualism, why not make it three? Today, in Italy v. Commission, AG Kokott sided with the Italians and told the Commission to redo their homework. Just because a job requires excellent knowledge of one of the three working languages does not mean that EPSO gets to […]

Grexit Cynicism

Published on by

On Friday, I had dinner with some fellow die-hard cynics when another (and non-European) dinner guest raised the question of Grexit. To my surprise, their cynical answer was the complete opposite of mine. My thinking on this matter was pretty much summed up in this post: Grexit and non-Grexit are both an unpredictable mess, except with different […]

Aveugles of the world, unite!

Published on by

Encouraged by the smashing success of his Philippicae against the use of English by EU-economists, Jean Quatremer managed to find time in his busy schedule of reporting on the Eurozone crisis to take on the cause of Europe’s blind people. Apparently, “Le Parlement européen n’est pas “friendly” avec les handicapés linguistiques”, because the newly blind-friendly […]

UACES and Ideas on Europe do not take responsibility for opinions expressed in articles on blogs hosted on Ideas on Europe. All opinions are those of the contributing authors.