TEPSA Newsletter Editorial on “The current state of EU Affairs”, August 2011

by Jean Paul Jacqué

Since this newsletter is published after the summer break, I seize the opportunity to wish you all a good return back to work – despite a difficult climate in the Union. Our Polish Pre-Presidency Conference of last 30 June and 1 July 2011 in the Natolin campus, generously hosted by Paul Demaret and in close cooperation with the European Institute in Lodz, has indeed showed that the economic problems of the Union were far from being solved and that the new institutional architecture has not yet enabled Europe to speak with one voice. We will see whether the request of the Heads of State and Government of the eurozone to President Herman Van Rompuy will bring innovative new initiatives. Also in the field of external relations, the slow implementation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) has not yet fully achieved its objectives.

Please read the August Newsletter 2011.