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- French Presidency came to a reluctant end.
The end of most presidencies is met with relief by those who worked their hearts out for six long months. I remember being keenly disappointed when the Belgian presidency came to an end in December 2001 because I had loved every single day of being the Europe Minister of my country. Sarkozy similarly enjoyed every moment of being the President of the European Union, and there lie his strengths and weaknesses.
- A case of shared responsibility : the Irish referendum
We should have known better. While the proponents of a NO to the European Union flocked to Ireland from foreign lands and even over oceans, we, who had negotiated, signed, approved and otherwise ratified the Lisbon Treaty stayed put.
- Liberal Prime Ministers united in working for a new Treaty.
At the invitation of Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister, the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Estonia, Finland and Romania lunched together last Thursday, a few hours before the start of the EU - summit. I chaired the meeting.
- Meeting of the Liberal Prime Ministers 08.03.07
On Thursday 8 March at noon the liberal Prime Ministers Andrus Ansip of Estonia, Anders Fogg Rasmussen of Denmark, Calin Popescu Tariceanu of Romania met in the residence of their host, the Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt.
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While the euro debt crisis is raising serious doubts about the EU’s future, on the ground the Union is increasingly involving itself in military operations, an MEP has stressed, speaking at a conference on ‘smart power’ in Washington DC. “We have been developing hard power,” Belgian Liberal Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck said at Johns Hopkins University, on 4 June, citing as evidence the 20 military missions the EU has deployed to Europe, Africa and Asia. While “this may come as a surprise to a US audience,” the EU has more ‘hard power’ tools than ever, the deputy, who sits on Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), said. But the EU still needed the US to partner with in such missions because “we don’t have the ambition to do it alone” and “we can’t do it alone”.