Next Events

 

3rd Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 at 13.15 hrs

 

“Trade: How Europe can deliver”

 

Speaker:

Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, Commissioner for Trade

 

 

Statements:

 

Bernd LANGE MEP, S&D/Germany, Chairman of the Committee on International Trade

Artis PABRIKS MEP, EPP/Latvia, Member of the Committee on International Trade

Recent Events

 

2nd Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 13.15 hrs

 

“The Future of EU Trade Defence”

 

Speakers:

  • Godelieve QUISTHOUDT-ROWOHL, EPP/Germany, Member of the Committee on International Trade

  • Wolfgang MUELLER, Head of Unit, DG Trade

  • Mark SCIRIHA, Senior Policy Officer, Maltese Presidency

  • Stefan GRÜNHAGE, Chairman foreign trade and statistics committee, German Steel Federation (Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl)

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Working Group FINANCIAL SERVICES, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs

 

Clearing of euro derivatives after Brexit - a fatal blow to the City of London?”

 

Introduction:

Graham BISHOP, Bonds/Bill Expert Group and Specialist in European Integration

 

Statement:

Danuta Maria HÜBNER MEP, EPP/POLAND, Chair of the Constitutional Affairs Committee and Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

 

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Working Group on SPACE, SECURITY & DEFENCE, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 from 13:00 until 14:30 hrs

 

“The Future of European Defence”

 

Speaker:

  • Giles MERRITT, Founder and Chairman of “Friends of Europe”

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Working Group FINANCIAL SERVICES, Thursday, 26 January 2017 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs

 

“The future EU regulatory focus for retail investment policy”

 

Moderator: David DOYLE, Member of the Board, The Kangaroo Group

 

Speakers:

  • Niall BOHAN, Head of Unit, Capital Markets Union, European Commission, Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

  • Nathalie BERGER, Head of Unit, Insurance & Pensions, European Commission, Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

  • Guillaume PRACHE, Managing Director, Better Finance - The European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users, Brussels

  • Benoît LALLEMAND, Acting Secretary General, Finance Watch, Brussels

... see photos

Agenda
WGFIN_20170126.pdf
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 at 18:30 hrs, Bar Pepete & Ronron, Rue Froissart, 1 - 1040 Brussels

 

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

 

We would like to thank all our friends of the Kangaroo Group

 

Agenda
Reception_20170124.pdf
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1st Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 13.15 hrs

 

“Upcoming Legislation on Endocrine Disruptors: Its potential impact

on the functioning of the Internal Market”

 

Speakers:

Christian BUSOI MEP, EPP/Romania, Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Julie GIRLING MEP, ECR/UK, Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Dr. Andy ADAMS, Global Public and Governmental Affairs, Bayer Crop Science

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Events 2016

 

Annual Programme 2016
Annual_Programme_2016_final.pdf
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12th Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 at 13.15 hrs

REACH and Better Regulation - The case of Essential Oils

 

Speakers:

Mehdi HOCINE, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Grow

Michael CARLOS, Chairman of the Board, IFRA

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Agenda
LS12_20161214.pdf
PDF-Dokument [55.9 KB]

Working Group FINANCIAL SERVICES, Tuesday, 8 December 2016 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs

Room: Members Restaurant – Salon privé

European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels

 

“Completing the reform of the EU banking regulatory space”

 

Moderator: David DOYLE, Member of the Board, The Kangaroo Group

 

Speakers:

  • Klaus WIEDNER, Head of Banking Regulation & Supervision Unit, DG FISMA,
    European Commission

  • Emiliano TORNESE, Deputy Head of Resolution and crisis management unit, DG FISMA, European Commission

  • Francesca CARLESI Global Head of Group Regulatory Affairs Deutsche Bank AG London

  • Johanneke WEITJENS, Manager, Public and government affairs, ING Group, Amsterdam

  • Benjamin QUATRE, Head of Office, Fédération Bancaire Française (FBF), Brussels

 

Agenda
WGFINSERV_20161208.pdf
PDF-Dokument [66.0 KB]

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 from 08:00 to 09:30 hrs

Room: Restaurant des Députés, Salon Privé

European Parliament, Brussels

 

“The Future of the single regulatory system of medicines: Towards better harmonization or increased fragmentation?
 

Welcome and Chair: Karl von WOGAU, Secretary General of the Kangaroo Group

 

Speakers:

  • Dennis HORGAN, Executive Director, European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM)
  • Annika NOWAK, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis
  • Nathalie Moll, Secretary-General, EuropaBio
Agenda
WGHealth_20161207.pdf
PDF-Dokument [64.2 KB]

Working Group on SPACE, SECURITY & DEFENCE, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 from 13:00 until 14:30 hrs

Room: European Parliament, Salon Privé, Rue Wiertz 60, B-1047 Brussels

 

“The future European Defence Research Programme”

 

Introduction:

  • Karl von WOGAU, Secretary General of the Kangaroo Group

Speakers:

  • Sylvia KAINZ-HUBER, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Grow

  • Brigadier General Franz PFRENGLE, Eurocorps, Strasbourg

Agenda
WGSSD_20161206.pdf
PDF-Dokument [92.0 KB]

Programme of the Kangaroo Group 2016

Kangaroogroup Programme 2016
Kangaroo Group - Progamme 2016.pdf
PDF-Dokument [150.9 KB]

11th Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 23 November 2016

 

“Improving Patients' Access to Medicines: What role

for the European Parliament?”

 

Speakers:

Andrey KOVATCHEV MEP, EPP/Bulgaria, Quaestor of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

 

Karin KADENBACH MEP, S&D/Austria, Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

 

Alexander NATZ, Secretary-General, Eucope

 

Yann LE CAM, CEO, EURODIS / Valentina BOTTARELLI, Public Affairs Director, EURODIS

 

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Working Group on SPACE, SECURITY & DEFENCE
Tuesday, 8 November 2016 from 13:00 until 14:30 hrs

 

Internal Security Tasks for Military Forces: Has Europe a Role to Play?”

 

Commander Derek PRIESTLEY, Deputy General Secretary of the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers (RACO), Ireland

Agenda
WGSSD_20161108.pdf
PDF-Dokument [122.9 KB]

10th Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 26 October 2016

 

“Current Issues of EU Financial Services Regulation”

 

Speakers:

Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Vice-President of the Commission

Burkhard, BALZ, MEP

Markus FERBER, MEP

Sylvie GOULARD, MEP

Bryan Hayes, MEP

Agenda
LS10_20161026.pdf
PDF-Dokument [56.7 KB]

WG Health, Breakfast Debate, Wednesday, 12 October 2016

 

... is unfortunately canceled

WG Space, Security & Defence, Lunch Debate, Tuesday 11 October 2016 from 13:00 until 14:30 hrs

 

"European Foreign-, Security- and Defence Policy in the 21st Century - External Borders, Situation of the Refugees an the so-called Islamic State"

 

Speaker:

Alexander RADWAN, MdB

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Agenda
WGDEF_20161011.pdf
PDF-Dokument [79.6 KB]

9th Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 13.15 hrs

"Revision of the CO2 Emissions Trading System-Preconditions to avoid Carbon Leakage from the perspective of the Steel Industry"

Speakers:

Jens GIESEKE, MEP

Jens TRAUPE, Salzgitter AG

Brussels Lunch Debate

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs

 

"Transport Industry perspective on the Digital Single Market"

 

Speakers:

Günther OETTINGER, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Martin LUNDSTEDT, President and CEO, Volvo Group

Jean-Dominique SENARD, CEO and Managing General Partner, Michelin

8th Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 14 September 2016 at 13.15 hrs

 

"Geopolitics in Energy" - "Consequences of Brexit for energy companies"

 

Speaker:

 

Emmanuel HATON, Director, BP

WG Financial Services, Tuesday,6 September 2016 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs

“Reinforcing the stability of EU banks – Revisions to CRD IV/CRR”

 

Speakers:

Klaus WIEDNER, Head of Banking Regulation & Supervision Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission

Othmar KARAS MEP, Rapporteur, CRD IV/CRR, Econ Committee, European Parliament

Sylvie GOULARD MEP, ECON Committee, European Parliament

Søren DAHLGAARD, Head of Regulation and Group Systemic Risk., Nordea Bank, Copenhangen

Francesca CARLESI, Global Head of Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt

Benjamin QUATRE, Head of Office, Fédération bancaire française (FBF), Brussels

Agenda
WGFIN_20160906.pdf
PDF-Dokument [263.5 KB]

Lunch Debate, Tuesday, 12 July 2016

7th Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 at 13.15 hrs

 

“What does the Eurocorps need to become an effective instrument of the ESDP”

 

Speaker:

Alfredo RAMIREZ FERNANDEZ, Lieutenant General, Commanding General of the Eurocorps, Strasbourg

 

Statements:

Ioan Mircea PASCU MEP, S&D/ Romania, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Member of the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence

Karl von WOGAU, Secretary General of the Kangaroo Group

 

 

Agenda
LS07_20160706.pdf
PDF-Dokument [57.2 KB]
Speech General Ramierez
160706_Kangaroo COMEC speech_final-1.pdf
PDF-Dokument [64.4 KB]

Annual General Assembly, Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Working Group FINANCIAL SERVICES, Thursday, 16 June 2016 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs

 

“ESG and Sustainability Disclosure - a role for financial services?”

 

Speakers:

Zsofia KERECSEN, Policy Officer, Company Law, DG Justice, European Commission

Bettina KRETSCHMER, Socio-Economic Analyst, Resource Efficiency & Economic Analysis, DG Environment, European Commission

Mike EVERETT, Governance & Stewardship Director, Standard Life Investments

Carey EVANS, Director, Government Relations & Public Policy, Blackrock Asset Management

 

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Working Group AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY, Wednesday, 15 June 2016 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs

 

“Unlocking the potential of ITS for road transport – learnings from the Truck Platooning Challenge”

 

Speakers:

Wim van de CAMP, MEP, EPP/Netherlands, Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism

Dirk-Jan de BRUIJN, Programme Director EU Truck Platooning Challenge

Erik JONNAERT, Secretary General, ACEA

Uwe PUETZSCHLER, Head of Car2X, Nokia

Raimo TAPIO, Deputy Chairman, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)

 

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ENERGY DEBATE, Wednesday, 15 June 2016 from 08:00 to 09:30 hrs

 

“2016 Geopolitics of Energy – where are we?”

 

Key-Note Speaker:

Jerzy BUZEK MEP, EPP/Poland, Chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

 

Statements:

Lucio Mauro VINHAS DE SOUZA, Team Leader of the Economics Team, European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC)

Emmanuel HATON, Director European Government Affairs, BP

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Brussels WG Space, Security & Defence, Tuesday, 14 June 2016 13:00 hrs

 

“European Public Safety Services and their communication infrastructure: It’s time for a reform!”

 

Speakers:

Monica MACOVEI, ECR/Romania, Member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Thierry DELVILLE, Délégué ministériel, Minister’s Delegation to the Security and Safety Industries (DMIS), Paris

Thorsten ROBRECHT, Head of Advanced Mobile Networks Solutions/Nokia Mobile Networks

 

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6th Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 at 13.15 hrs

 

“Radiofrequencies for a connected Europe”

 

Speakers:

Gunnar HÖKMARK MEP, EPP/Sweden, Shadow-Rapporteur, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Amjad BASHIR MEP, ECR/UK, Shadow-Rapporteur and Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Uli REHFUESS, Head of Spectrum Policy and Regulation, Nokia

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BREAKFAST DEBATE

Working Group AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY, Tuesday, 24 MAY 2016 from 8:00 to 9:30 hrs

 

Reforming the approval and market surveillance regime: How to foster harmonisation and restore consumer trust in the car industry?”

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BRUSSELS-DEBATE, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 from 18:30 to 21:00 hrs

 

Bioterrorism – Is the EU prepared?

 

Introduction:

  • Monika HOHLMEIER MEP, EPP/Germany, Rapporteur, Member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Speakers:

  • John GATT RUTTER, Head of Counter-Terrorism Division, EEAS             

  • Jorge Manuel BENTO SILVA, Acting Head of Terrorism and Crisis Management Unit, DG Home

  • Levent ALTAN, Executive Director, Victim Support Europe

  • Dr. Steven CHATFIELD, Senior Adviser, Emergent BioSolutions

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Working Group FINANCIAL SERVICES, Wednesday, 20 April 2016 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs

 

European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS) - Sharing the risks of EU citizens deposits”

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BRUSSELS-DEBATE, Wednesday, 20 April 2016 from 8:00 to 9:30 hrs

 

Market Economy for China - The end of effective EU-trade defence? Challenges for the Steel Industry

 

Speakers:

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  • Bernd LANGE MEP, Chair of the Committee on International Trade

  • Martin THEURINGER, Director for Economics and Chief Economist, German Steel Federation

Working Group on SPACE, SECURITY & DEFENCE, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 from 13:00 until 14:30 hrs

 

How could space applications be supporting
the Common Security and Defence Policy?”

 

Speakers:

  • Vice-President Maros SEFCOVIC, Commissioner for Energy Union

  • Karim Michel SABBAGH, CEO of SES, Luxembourg

Statements:

  • Bogdan Andrzej ZDROJEWSKI MEP, EPP/Poland, Member of the Committee on Security and Defence, Rapporteur

  • Marian-Jean MARINESCU, EPP/ROMANIA, Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism

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4th Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 at 13:15 hrs.

 

Competitiveness of the Steel Industry:

Which Impact has the Reform of the ETS Directive?”

 

Speakers:

Peter LIESE MEP, EPP/Germany, EPP-Coordinator for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

 

Hans-Jürgen KERKHOFF, President of the German Steel Federation

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BOOK-PRESENTATION

Working Group on SPACE, SECURITY & DEFENCE Tuesday, 15 March 2016 from 17:30 until 19:00 hrs

 

“Handbook of Space Security – Policies, Applications and Programs”

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3rd Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday 9 March 2016

 

“The Single Market Strategy:

The Role of SOLVIT”

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Working Group FINANCIAL SERVICES, Wednesday, 1 March 2016 from 12:30 to 14:30 hrs

 

"The Netherlands EU Presidency - priorities and progress”

 

Speaker:

H.E. Ambassador Pieter de Gooijer, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union, Brussels

Working Group on SPACE, SECURITY & DEFENCE

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 from 13:30 until 15:00 hrs

 

"Train and Equip"

 

Speaker:

Gabor IKLODY, Director, Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, EEAS

2nd Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 at 13.15 hrs

 

"The Future of the European Union"

 

At the January Strasbourg Lunch of the Kangaroo Group the Situation was discussed where more and more citizens have become negative about the role of the European Union ...

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1st Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 at 13.15 hrs

 

“Low Oil Prices”

 

Speaker:

Emmanuel HATON, Director European Government Affairs, BP

Working Programme 2015
Kangaroo Group - Progamme 2015.pdf
PDF-Dokument [83.0 KB]
Working Programme 2014
Kangaroo Group - Progamme 2014.pdf
PDF-Dokument [122.7 KB]
Working Programme 2013
Kangaroo Group - Progamme 2013 final.pdf
PDF-Dokument [129.1 KB]

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Next Events

3rd Strasbourg Lunch, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 at 13.15 hrs

 

“Trade: How Europe can deliver”

 

Speaker:

Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, Commissioner for Trade

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Please note:

 

European Conference on Fighting Organised Crime and Terrorism

22 March 2017

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Recent Publications

Euro “clearing”: Liability and Location 

Discussion paper from Kangaroo Group Member Graham Bishop

"The key interest rate contracts cleared in the UK are more than 50 times UK GDP, and 10 times the Eurozone’s GDP. Put starkly: €117 trillion of euro derivatives may have to be supported by liquidity based on the ECB’s €0.011 trillion capital and that of National Central Banks."

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Euro “clearing”: Liability and Location


16 January 2017

This issue of `clearing’ is likely to come to a head quickly once Article 50 Notice of `intention to leave’ is served by the UK - as a direct consequence of the G20 commitment to ensure there are no more taxpayer-funded bailouts of EU financial institutions. Post Brexit, Eurozone Member States are likely to be very concerned about capital market activities denominated in euro that – in a crisis – could create liabilities for their taxpayers. At that stage, UK-based financial firms will not be subject to EU law and therefore outside the ECB’s ability to enforce any necessary managerial change – unless the UK agrees to surrender control to EU institutions. 

However, it is very disturbing to an outsider that, eight years after the Lehman crash, there are still good grounds for concern in a systemic crisis– especially flowing from the “clearing” of euro:

ESMA 2016 stress test “A CM defaulting in one CCP would also be considered to be in default in all CCPs, in which it is a member, leading to more than 25 CM defaulting EU-wide…” 

The Commission’s December 2016 CCP Resolution Proposal “No Member State has yet developed a full national regime for CCP recovery and resolution which fully complies with the G20-endorsed FSB principles, including as regards the need for effective coordination and oversight against cross-border spill-overs.”

The magnitude of the risks are extraordinary: The key interest rate contracts cleared in the UK are more than 50 times UK GDP, and 10 times the Eurozone’s GDP. Put starkly: €117 trillion of euro derivatives may have to be supported by liquidity based on the ECB’s €0.011 trillion capital and that of National Central Banks. Any resultant credit losses would be a major political concern for Eurozone taxpayers, governments and Parliaments.

Does the EU27/ECB need to “do” anything further about Brexit? The ECB’s post-Brexit re-statement of its “oversight policy” provides a powerful analysis – implicitly - of the post-Brexit situation when it would have no powers to “induce change” in critical offshore financial market infrastructures. Once the Article 50 Notice has been served, all UK firms will be fully aware that their “EEA Authorisation” will expire at the moment of Brexit so they will need to make their own plans to continue their EU business.

The working assumption must be that the UK will not be a part of the European Economic Area (EEA) so any bespoke arrangement (normally taking the form of a Treaty) may require significant adjustment to many EU Directives and Regulations. The much-discussed “transitional arrangements” for UK firms might not be “in force” before 2023, given the necessary legislative processes. As risk-averse clients recognise the new risks, they may exercise their freedom to move their derivative positions to CCPs in a market where they can have a high degree of confidence that the ECB would supply liquidity in a crisis.

A major loss of derivatives business could worsen the UK’s balance of payments deficit by a third from its current record deficit - even at modest profitability levels for the derivative book. Parliament should require the BoE to analyse and publish the balance of payments implications in detail.

Original Text by Graham Bishop
Euro clearing 550 word article_FINAL.pdf
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Eurocorps as a pilot project for the European Defence Union

 

Discussion Paper on the basis of a meeting of the Kangaroo Group with General Ramirez

 

The decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union makes it necessary to rethink the European Union from the beginning. We have to ask ourselves what the citizens really expect from the European Union. In the past seventy years the European Union has made a major contribution to the security and prosperity of the European nations.

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Future of the Eurocorps

 

At a meeting with members of the Eurocorps in Strasbourg Karl von Wogau, Secretary General of the Kangaroo Group and Honorary Member of the European Parliament, stated that the Eurocorps should be moved into the center of the Common Security and Defence Policy. It should become the Preferred Headquarter of the European Union. Moreover its five framework nations France, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg should take the decision to put the Eurocorps at the permanent disposal of the European Union.

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In the present discussion about Monetary and Political Union the opinion is often heard that a Political Union consists in total harmonization. But this is certainly not what we want to achive. The strength of Europe is its variety and the peaceful competition between its Member States. On the contrary the hard core of a Political Union is a common foreign and defence policy.  ...

 

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The Role of the Multinational Corps

 

The European Council in June has not been very encouraging for those who believe in the necessity of an autonomous Security and Defence Policy of the European Union. Public attention was taken by the problems of Greece and the drama of the refugees in the Mediterranean. The discussion about Security and Defence took only a very short time.

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Europe War and Peace

 

The author looks at general rules for peace preservation from Kant, Fukuyama, Einstein and Freud as well as Henry Kissinger and tries to draw conclusions for the present security situation of Europe. The presentation was in October 2015.

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Monetary Union and Political Union

 

The author refers to Jean-Claude Juncker and Angela Merckel who have requested the creation of a European Army. He claims that the hard core of a Political Union is a common foreign and defence policy. He criticizes .......

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