Austria Presses On

Not content with simply being the ‘Energy Presidency’, Austria it seems is hell bent on also moving forward the Consitution issue, even if this is only in the rather tame form of a Brussels debate among Europe’s leaders on the way forward for the new treaty. Actually rather than a constitution per-se, what we may see is the consolidation of the “Cherry Picking” model:

One option is to “cherry pick” key institutional aspects of the text such as the creation of an EU foreign minister or greater openness at councils of ministers.

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About Edward Hugh

Edward 'the bonobo is a Catalan economist of British extraction. After being born, brought-up and educated in the United Kingdom, Edward subsequently settled in Barcelona where he has now lived for over 15 years. As a consequence Edward considers himself to be "Catalan by adoption". He has also to some extent been "adopted by Catalonia", since throughout the current economic crisis he has been a constant voice on TV, radio and in the press arguing in favor of the need for some kind of internal devaluation if Spain wants to stay inside the Euro. By inclination he is a macro economist, but his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes has often taken him far from home, off and away from the more tranquil and placid pastures of the dismal science, into the bracken and thicket of demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. All of which has lead him to ask himself whether Thomas Wolfe was not in fact right when he asserted that the fact of the matter is "you can never go home again".