Domain name retirering

After a long agony, it seems impossible that I will pick up this blog again. The content will stay online, but the domain name mapping is expired and the old blog posts will only be available via the url:

I will continue to be (somehow) active on twitter @gh_eu and continue to contribute to 27etc.



I said I was coming back

And I will…

I am just wrapping up stuff with my PhD. With the highlight of the defense next week. If you stop by Orsay, France on Thursday morning, come and discover the mysteries of Super Heavy Elements stability. (Also, there will be a buffet after).

Freedom of movement in the Union

During my trips, it happen several times that I had my identity checked at the hotels I was staying in… So I asked my self: “Is it compatible with the freedom of movement of citizens in Europe ?” I put the question up on this blog [1] and the general consensus was that it was just a way to avoid non-payment

I pushed my research a bit farther in the official journal of the EU and found directive  2004/38/CE [2] which defined the conditions of free movement for citizens. It says that :

All Union citizens with a valid identity card or passport […] shall have the right to leave the territory of a Member State to travel to another Member State. (article 4-1)

What about ID control ? This is perfectly authorized in the directive in article 5-5:

The Member State may require the person concerned to report his/her presence within its territory within a reasonable and non-discriminatory period of time.

The ID control of travelers by member states is perfectly ok.

See also: [3]

Droit de circulation dans l’Union

Durant mes voyages, il m’est arrivé à plusieurs reprises d’avoir mon identité contrôlée dans les hôtels où je séjournais… Je me suis donc posé la question: “Ceci est-il compatible avec la liberté de circulation des citoyens dans l’Union ?” J’ai porté la question sur ce blog [1] et le consensus des réponses était que ce contrôle d’identié est juste une façon d’éviter les défaut de paiement.

J’ai poussé un peu plus mes recherches dans le journal officiel de l’UE et ai trouvé la directive 2004/38/CE [2] qui définit les conditions de libre circulation des citoyens. Il y est précisé que:

Tout citoyen de l’’Union muni d’’une carte d’’identité ou d’’un passeport en cours de validité, [… a] le droit de quitter le territoire d’’un État membre en vue de se rendre dans un autre État membre. (article 4-1)

Quid du contrôle des papiers d’identité ? Cela est parfaitement autorisé par la directive qui dit, dans l’article 5-5:

L’État membre peut imposer à l’intéressé de signaler sa présence sur son territoire dans un délai raisonnable et non discriminatoire.

Le contrôle de l’identité des voyageurs par l’état est donc parfaitement autorisé.

Voir aussi: [3]

Back from a far away land

As you may have noticed, this bog was dormant for the past 6 months or so… This was due to me being overwhelmed with work: I am just finishing a PhD. on stability of Transfermium elements and was also tied up by personal projects like getting married during the summer.

I will now be able to get back to my blog-posting activity and this blog and my twitter account @gh_eu will progressively go back into activity. After such a long sleep, the format of the posts will be fresh.

Stay tuned !

I am sorry, so sorry

As you may know, I left this blog untouched for the last few weeks, even months… I am very very very busy with a lot of work, and though I still keep an eye on all things European, I don’t have the time to translate that into blogposts. But I have much to say and a few projects notes and long articles. I’ll be back as soon as I can to writing…

[Dysfunctioning EU (?)] Intergovernmental Europe

With the current economic crisis and the rise of euro-skeptics political parties, the question of an intergovernmental Europe is gaining momentum: Do we really need all the EU institutions and treaties ? Would not simple inter government agreements be enough ?

Bare minimum

For neighbor states whose economies are linked, a political coordination is needed; whether it is on topics of economy, taxes, employment, immigration, … In this point of view, a formal frame is welcome, but the full complexity of the European Union is not necessary.

But not enough

But it would be a big mistake to consider that enough: the economic, employment, immigrations, … challenges faced by the member states are not so different or so independent  that just a coordination would be a solution solid enough.

We need global solutions. Which implies, it is true, more complex solution that may deprive the states of a part of their independence. But it is the only way to put together real win-win-… (23x win)-win answer to today’s challenges.