The future of intergovernmentalism

Many Europeans are hoping that the (presumed) victory of Francois Hollande in Sunday's presidential election in France will be the start of a new, less austerity-obsessed approach to Europe's current crisis. But change in the Elysee will not address an equally important development in recent years -- the declining role of community institutions in favour ...

Francois Hollande upsets Fiscal Treaty apple cart

By proposing that the EU adopt a new "growth pact" alongside the new Fiscal Treaty, French presidential candidate (and likely winner) Francois Hollande has dramatically shifted the politics of Eurozone reform. See report here. Critics of the Fiscal Treaty's exclusive focus on budget discipline will welcome this move, but it seriously complicates the Irish government's planning for ...