Archive for November, 2009

Charlemagne a encore frappé…

We are all Belgians now
in the Economist, 26 November 2009

Add comment November 30th, 2009

Et voilà… tout ça pour ça…

Belgium Prime Minister Picked as European President
by Stephen Castle
International Herald Tribune, 19 November 2009

Ce soir, je me sens si triste. Terriblement triste. Not that i’m against Mr Van Rompuy. I’m just sad that the EU is not ready to assume its political role and name a big figure of the international stage.

“After an eight-year battle to rewrite its internal rules, the choice of two relative unknowns seemed to highlight Europe’s problems instead of its readiness to take a more united and forceful place in world affairs.”

See Jean Quatremer’s piece on his blog (see on the right). Jean’s even quoted at theend of this  IHT piece  😉 Oui, Jean, ‘habemus papam’…

2 comments November 19th, 2009

(Ladies and) Gentlemen?

Scarcity of women candidates for EU jobs signals trouble ahead
by Tony Barber
FT Brussels Blog, 17 November 2009

and see Jon’s blog at with his and Maria Weimer’s launch of the Gender Balanced Commission website.

Add comment November 18th, 2009

A “low-key, technocratic operator” for EU President?

Thanks Stephen for making me smile with your phrase “low-key technocratic operator”… because i’m literally devastated at the idea of this person in the EU pilot seat.

Belgian Emerges as Favorite for New Top E.U. Post
by Stephen Castle
in the International Herald Tribune, 4 November 2009

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