Google is facing enforcement action and possibly fines in six EU member states for violating EU privacy law. The six countries are: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.K. Continue reading
The mess after the ballots
The days after the elections, the 24th and 25th of February respectively, every candidate claimed to be satisfied of their victory. In Italian politics such an attitude is quite common. People sitting in the Parliament for decades can hardly admit a loss. However, in those day’s comments there was a frightening truth – nobody had won and no government was foreseeable. Let’s be clear, Italy does have a government in charge and it is led by Mario Monti. This government however is less popular at home than in the EU, and his hands are tied. After more than a month the scenario is even more unclear and uncertain. Let’s take a step back, to see things clearly. Italy has a perfect bicameral system, with the two chambers: the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate performing identical functions. In February Italians voted with a complex electoral system full-of-issues, the so-called “porcellum” (dirty trick could be an appropriate translation). Continue reading
From the very beginning of the European Union (European Communities) the main incentive for states involved in the integration progress was the conviction that cooperation would bring them more benefits than the actions taken on their own. Even in such controversial and extremely important matters like foreign policy, security and a monetary union, a “single voice” has been more or less achieved. In this respect, it is quite surprising that an issue where joint actions and strategies are more than desirable was not paid due attention to. It is the external energy (oil and gas) policy and security where the EU member states are struggling to have a unified position. Obviously, the question arises: can we speak of a truly consolidated European Union if a Common Energy Policy (CEP) cannot be achieved?