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The EU needs economic and political federalism. And it should be more respectful of democracy. That means Jean-Claude Juncker should become Commission president.
The Commission needs a strong president. But if the Parliament gets its way and imposes a ‘designated candidate’, the Commission will have a weak leader.
The West and Russia both support devolution in Ukraine. But unless Ukraine first makes central government work, increased local powers will make things worse.
The problem with ‘federalism’ is that most European citizens do not want it. This makes the federalist proposals in Tony Giddens’ new book unrealistic.
If Britain leaves the EU, the City of London will lose access to European markets – unless the UK aligns its financial rules with those of the EU.
Events in Ukraine give Germany a chance to lead EU foreign policy - if its own policy become less commercially-driven, and more strategic.
European rules have delivered cleaner air and water in Britain, and protected wildlife. Outside the EU, Britain would again be 'the dirty man of Europe'.
In the eurozone, quantitative easing by itself is unlikely to be effective. The European Central Bank needs to change the way it manages people’s expectations, too.
Van Rompuy needs to forge a consensus on his successor. He should look in the mirror and seek a candidate with his own best characteristics.