Don’t Write Off the EU Just Yet

A funny thing happened on the way to the EU’s post-Lisbon era. While Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton have largely been invisible in the high-profile posts of president and foreign minister, the EU parliament decided to actually exercise some of its added powers. A few days back, I mentioned a U.S.-EU bank data-sharing agreement that, under Lisbon, needs parliamentary approval to remain in force. (Technically, the measure is a temporary bridge agreement to continue a pre-Lisbon deal until a permanent agreement can be finalized.) Today the EU parliament decided by an overwhelming majority to block the measure. What makes […]

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