Double or nothing

A politician … is a man who thinks of the next election; while the statesman thinks of the next generation. James Freeman Clarke Konrad Adenauer, Joseph Bech, Johan Willem Beyen, Winston Churchill, Alcide De Gasperi, Walter Hallstein, Sicco Mansholt, Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman, Paul-Henri Spaak, Altiero Spinelli. These names are unanimously considered the founding fathers…

Unveiling the curtain

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the European Union and the United States has aroused many controversies and questions. Not only might it be the most important free trade agreement of our times, as well as the foundation for a transatlantic trade hegemony, but also the basis for a stronger political alliance…

A colossus with feet of clay

It’s not far from truth stating that the European Union has hardly ever stood against multiple threats which originated both from external and internal sources. American philosopher Will Durant once wrote that “a great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within”. Although this quotation mainly refers to civilization, it’s similarly applicable…