News of the World
IT HAS been said, in as many languages as there are in the European Union, that Europe is at a crossroads. If only it were that simple. Europe is at a roundabout around which it will spin while the passengers squabble about which direction to take. (Andrew Rawnsley)
THE ABRUPT departure of 20 commissioners has been a source of joy for many Euro-sceptics, but should not delude the Continent's overburdened taxpayers into believing that a chastened Brussels will rush to clean up its act.
When the vices of arrogance and avarice combine with unaccountable power, the vitiation of an electorate's trust becomes inevitable. Replacing one lot of disgraced commissioners with another bunch of hopefuls will not change that. The critical issue is not who runs the commission, but how it is run.
THE EUROPEAN Parliament's failure to sort out the corruption of several of its Commissioners is undeniably a blot on its escutcheon. But the Parliament exists and we should exploit not excoriate it, in order to serve ourselves better, and to bring more transparency and accountability to the EU.
The Independent on Sunday
THE COMMISSION has become not so much the servant of the European Union as its master. The events of last week offer a golden opportunity to rebalance Europe's institutions.
If Tony Blair wants to persuade voters that joining the single currency is safe, surely simultaneous action to rein in the Commission's free-ranging powers to interfere in other aspects of our lives is a sensible course. It will be a lonely battle, but so was Mrs Thatcher's in winning our budget rebate. (Charles Powell)
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