About: Michel Barnier

Brexit 16-10-2018

The Ulster Question: Taking ‘the Union’ out of the Brexit debate.

Brexit has become a ‘21st Century Ulster Question’, writes Dick Roche, who also suggests how it can be solved.
Brexit 11-06-2018

Johnson and Davis isolated as key Brexit Tory MPs opt for pragmatism

On the eve of the second anniversary of the Brexit plebiscite, nothing but nothing is clear on what the UK government’s policy is, still less on what the official opposition’s policy is. All the enthusiasm for Brexit has disappeared from political life in Britain, writes Denis MacShane.
Elections 29-05-2018

Presidents, elections and grey-haired men

With a year to go until the European Parliament elections and the appointment of a new European Commission, the EU is yet again at a crossroads. But unlike Robert Johnson, the EU is unlikely to sell its soul to play a mean guitar, writes Tom Parker.
Elections 15-05-2018

It’s not too early for Barnier to throw his hat in the ring

Not to beat about the bushes, Michel Barnier should succeed Jean-Claude Juncker. Not just because his handling of the Brexit process has enlarged his stature, but for a number of other cogent reasons, writes Gilles Merritt.
Brexit 14-03-2018

Duff: post-Brexit association agreement one step closer

The resolution on Brexit voted with a large majority in the European Parliament today (March 14) sketches the outlines of a new EU-UK association agreement and brings us one step closer towards a dynamic post-Brexit relationship, writes Andrew Duff.

Is the Irish border question really ‘intractable’?

In the coming days the UK government will release its “carefully formulated” working paper on the Irish border issue. Dick Roche gives timely advice.
Brexit 15-06-2017

How should the EU react to Britain’s general election?

The EU-27 can force Britain’s politicians to acknowledge Brexit’s trade-offs, by offering the British four options from which it must choose, write Simon Tilford and John Springford.
Future EU 13-12-2016

Brexit is a European problem the EU dodges at its own peril

The EU conveniently insists on the UK triggering Article 50 before discussing anything. This looks more like an excuse for inaction than a strategy for the millions of citizens anxiously waiting for what seems Godot, writes Melanie Sully.
Brexit 29-07-2016

Barnier and Brexit: Bad mood before the holidays

One month on from the Brexit vote, the decision to appoint Michel Barnier as chief Brexit negotiator is ill-fated, writes Daniel Guéguen.
Euro & Finance 09-10-2013

New ideas can change banks in Europe

Much has been done in the last five years to restore financial stability, playing an important role in supporting the economy, but more could be done and ideas are welcome, writes Michel Barnier, announcing the opening of the debate on yourideasforeurope.eu.
Agrifood 18-11-2008

How Europe should tackle the global food crisis

"The time has come for Europe to take the lead by introducing collective international action and regulation" to tackle the food crisis, argues French Agriculture Minister Michel Barnier in the autumn edition of Europe's World.
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