Alexander Stubb on an elective European Presidency

A longer post on the democratic implications of what we've seen in Europe in the past few weeks is in the works. In the meantime, here's an extract from a speech given by Alexander Stubb, Finland's Europe Minister, which touches on the big issue - how do we, can we, give a stronger Europe a stronger democratic legitimacy? We need to make a different choice – fewer [EU-level] presidents, not more. I think we should streamline decision-making in the euro area and at the same time ensure that the institutional set up leads to more…Read more

Lunchtime list for June 18th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Govt skunkworks planned for November - Plans for internal experiments - but just on process, or more widely? A sudden lack of clarity - What's happening to the English regions? Abolition? More consultation? It's not entirely clear. Experts and plebs - Tne TV World Cup pundits are revelling in their ignorance of anything outside the PremiershipRead more