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At a time when BlogActiv.eu hosts over 500 EU-bloggers and an abundance of great blogposts, the BlogActiv team has finished plumbing work to take our platform one step further. We’re glad to announce that BlogActiv is getting a technical upgrade this weekend. All the technical steps will be executed this Sunday (March 22). The BlogActiv… » read more

Guest blogpost by Jack Cairns, Scottish journalist, first published on Europe’s Footsteps. Find Jack Cairns on Twitter, here. The British government’s decision to send 75 military advisors to aid the Ukrainian army has been seen by many experts as more symbolic than significant. If this is the case: why bother? Rewind the clock fifty years,… » read more

Guest blogpost by Ewoud Lauwerier, researchers at the University of Lausanne writing a PhD on the democratic legitimacy of the EU. In order for the EU to escape the spiral of negativity that surrounds it and to become again a cause worth believing in, it should refocus its story on why it is, rather than… » read more

From March 13th to 15th 2015 Egypt held a jumbo meeting in Sharm-el-Sheikh, gathering 2000 investors, bankers, officials, ministers, royalties and heads of government from some 100 countries to celebrate a “new” Egypt. The purpose of this well-planned event was to show the international business community that after three decades Mubarak and four years unrest… » read more

By Katie Davey Dalsgaard, Brussels Liaison Officer, VSO. In New York on Monday last week President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf from Liberia addressed a high profile gathering of women about the prospects of achieving gender equality saying, “We still have a long way to go……It is a time to recalibrate the global agenda.” For almost 60 years,… » read more

Blog by Eljalill Tauschinsky Recently, the CJEU published a judgment and a corresponding press release which will probably delight many users of the access to documents provisions of the EU – of which me and my fellow academics rank supreme – namely the judgment in Case T-188/12. Yet it does not only contain reason for… » read more

By Andrew Murphy, aviation policy officer at Transport & Environment Ending the generous tax exemptions aviation enjoys would create a level playing field between all transport modes, help meet our 2030 climate targets, and answer the EU’s call for a shift away from labour taxation. The Commission’s country-specific recommendations in its European Semester report last… » read more

Israeli voters gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a resounding victory in Tuesday’s [17th Mar. 2015] election, despite pre-election polls showing him trailing the Zionist Union. The Zionist Union won close to the total it had been predicted by pollsters, and its 24 seats is more that Labour and Livni’s Hatnua won separately in 2013 (21).… » read more

Oleksander Klymenko is former Ukrainian Minister of tax and revenue and founder of the public initiative “Restoring Donbass”. As the fragile Minsk Accords begin to collapse in Donbass, a new approach is desperately needed to end hostilities in Eastern Ukraine. Real resolution will require multilateral diplomacy. The Minsk process cannot be the only avenue towards… » read more

By Dimitris Rapidis Taking a really short break from the developments in Greece and Eurozone, it is important to acknowledge the output of the tourism sector in the national economy, but also to point out some of the major weaknesses.

Regular readers of the Heard in Europe will remember the curious case of UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew. Agnew was the guy who stood up in Strasbourg a week ago and railed against decarbonising Europe for the somewhat dubious reason that crops need carbon dioxide to grow. Predictably, that sparked an incredulous reaction on Twitter, which… » read more

We’ve all done things we’ve regretted after a Guinness or seven on St Patrick’s Day. Heard in Europe certainly has woken up with a few regrets in the past. That’s why we we are not rushing to judge Commissioners Cañete and Vella for this snap, posted on Twitter. Happy St Patrick’s Day with el San… » read more

Over the past fifty years or so geopolitics has not very often come to have a major influence over major economic decisions in the Western world. Case in point, as President Obama’s speeches have proved it over and over in recent years, American officials are known to dislike geopolitics quite a lot. On the other… » read more

On February 28th 2015, I attended a very interesting event – the Polish Economic Forum. Held at the London School of Economics, the conference had been organised by Polish students of the LSE SU Polish Business Society, whose organising skills – in addition to the accompanying attractions – made the Forum a truly spectacular event.… » read more

On Tuesday March 10th, the European Parliament adopted with a large majority (526 votes in favour, 108 against and 59 abstentions) a report by European Conservatives and Reformists MEP Morten Messerschmidt on EU Competition Policy, including the EU’s competition investigation into Google, and the ongoing investigation surrounding tax practices in certain EU member states. “No… » read more

There are serious reasons to believe that Euronews, perceived by millions in the world as “the television of the European Union”, is becoming the voice of Moscow. Or the next Sputnik, the latest multi-lingual news service operated by the Russian government. First, Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian billionaire who has taken a 53% stake in Euronews,… » read more

By Javier Solana & Steven Blockmans One of the EU’s so-called founding fathers, Jean Monnet, has taught Europeans that ‘Europe will be forged in crises, and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises’. Does this now count for the EU and its role as a security actor?

By The Risk Monger Stupid legislation from Brussels leads to frustration, an inability to comply and the resort of having to turn to lawyers to continue to properly function. Rather than getting rid of bad regulators in DG Health, industry is left with no choice but to turn to the short-sighted and limited “Derogation Dance”.

Stupid legislation from Brussels leads to frustration, an inability to comply and the resort of having to turn to lawyers to continue to properly function. Rather than getting rid of bad regulators in DG Health, industry is left with no choice but to turn to the short-sighted and limited “Derogation Dance”.

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