“What the honorable member is saying is that he would rather that the poor were poorer, provided that the rich were less rich. So long as the gap is smaller, they would rather have the poor poorer. You do not create wealth and opportunity that way. You do not create a property-owning democracy that way.”
“Yes, the Commission does want to increase its powers. Yes, it is a non-elected body and I do not want the Commission to increase its powers at the expense of the House, so of course we are differing. Of course... the President of the Commission, Mr. Delors, said at a press conference the other day that he wanted the European Parliament to be the democratic body of the Community, he wanted the Commission to be the Executive and he wanted the Council of Ministers to be the Senate. No, no, no
On sunday, Germany elected a new Bundestag, the German Parliament. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU (and its bavarian sibling CSU) won most seats but suffered heavy losses compared to the last elections in 2013. The social-democratic SPD under former EU Parliament speaker Martin Schulz had the worst result since the Federal Republic of Germany has existed. The Greens and the socialist Left party performed better than expected.
Last Wednesday, I purposefully moved into the lion's den. As someone who is used to ask all the tough questions about the EU,I expected to manifestly throw myself into quite an adventure when I decided to cover a 'Stop Brexit' march in Luxembourg-City. Little did I know that the excitement to stop this democratic vote wasn't all that large. Upon arrival, the first people who arrived weren't even organisers, which made that at 4.00 pm, when the march was supposed to start, you had just as many journalists present as there were protesters.
Agostina Lorenzini looks nervous as we begin the call on Google Hangout: "Bill, you know I don't like to talk about myself". The humility is unreasonable, as it is for most people who contribute a lot and don't mention their achievements. "The problem with today's society is that stupid people are full of confidence and intelligent people are full of doubt." Don't quote me on that, I just heard it somewhere and liked it.