Tuesday 29 July 2014

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The EU should mobilise an Alliance of the Willing against Climate Change

By Eberhard Rhein Between November 26th and December 7th the international community will again come together and discuss on what to do against climate change. Since its turbulent 2009 meeting in Copenhagen the international community has not achieved much worth mentioning. Above all, it has failed to define a global a strategy for containing the increase of global temperature within 2°C, its agreed objective.


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New payment system SEPA – Germans do not like it

Posted by tfranke on 28th July 2014

It’s only two weeks until SEPA is starting officially. The start has been postponed from beginning of this year. At that time, many companies hadn’t been prepared for the new [...]

30 July 1966, England beat Germany 4:2. It won’t happen again

Posted by Chris Whitehouse on 27th July 2014

The UK Government should be proactive in seeking reform of football if the national team is to have any real prospect of future success, argues Whitehouse Consultancy Chairman, Chris Whitehouse. The [...]

Zingy Zeeland

Posted by Isarajka on 27th July 2014

In the stars All paths lead to Zeeland that weekend. There seemed to be no way around it. First of all, I had to leave my flat for that weekend. My friend [...]

MH17: Why didn’t the EU put its flags at half-mast?

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 25th July 2014

By Georgi Gotev Every little act is a symbol that you care. I fail to understand why the EU didn’t put its flags at half-mast following the downing of MH17. [...]

How to unlock the EU this summer?

Posted by Dan Luca on 22nd July 2014

By Dan Luca Federica Mogherini. Jonathan Hill. Names and nominees are floated for future Commissioners, but can’t Europe do better? The best thing for the UK’s relationship with the rest [...]

Will Juncker get the Commission he needs?

Posted by andrewduff on 22nd July 2014

Andrew Duff looks at the third, concluding phase of the Spitzenkandidaten experiment for the appointment of the new European Commission. He finds that the initiative now lies with President-elect Jean-Claude [...]

If we had taken measures, 180 Dutch wouldn’t have died

Posted by Lulea Marius Dorin on 22nd July 2014

Germany longed to be the leader of the European Union, but its Chancellor, Angela Merkel, proves that she is not capable to measure up to such a position. The actual crisis [...]

Development Aid: the benefits of transparency

Posted by aleflo on 22nd July 2014

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched an open data platform on Development Aid, aimed at improving transparency on funds to developing countries. The new website is still under [...]

Centennial Commemoration of World War I

Posted by The Eurocrat on 22nd July 2014

The killing of a man’s nephew triggered an event that changed the course of human civilization in the subsequent decades. It was on June 28, 1914 when a Yugoslav nationalist [...]

Could İhsanoğlu challenge Erdoğan?

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis on 21st July 2014

In August 10, Turkey holds its presidential election. This is the first time in the political history of the country that the President is going to be elected directly by [...]

MH17 should be a wake up call for Europe

Posted by AEGEE-Europe on 20th July 2014

By AEGEE-Europe The shooting down of a Boeing 777 is a shocking reminder of the fact that, while the international community divides its attention between the bombing in Gaza and [...]

City of Zagreb still playing with fire

Posted by Bankwatch on 20th July 2014

Seasoned Bankwatch-watchers may recall our successful four-year campaign to stop the EBRD from financing a waste incinerator just outside Zagreb. Between 2005 and 2008, we supported Zelena akcija/Friends of the [...]

The Ukraine Strategy Fiasco

Posted by Florian Pantazi on 20th July 2014

The tragic accident of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has shocked the European public – and with good reason. Less justified, however, is the attitude of some EU national leaders who [...]

Getting rid of ECHR: Good for Cameron, bad for the rest of Europe

Posted by Bernhard Schinwald on 20th July 2014

As it is well known, David Cameron is ready to do everything in order to stay in Downing Street after next year’s general election. With his latest proposition, however, he [...]

The EU v Palo Alto: An EU perspective on privacy

Posted by EU Perspectives on 20th July 2014

One year on from the Snowden revelations and the global privacy debate is by no means settled. FB announced it will be exercising its rights to sell users’ data to third [...]

Israel’s ‘Protective Edge’: Why now?

Posted by Fadi Elhusseini on 20th July 2014

Another Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip; it’s not the first and won’t be the last if the political equation in the region does not change. With the [...]

Life with Disability: “I am not Feeble-minded, I just Can’t Hear You Well”

Posted by mladiinfo on 20th July 2014

Dear Mr Juncker, Europe is ageing fast and action is needed

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 18th July 2014

Guest blogpost by Anne-Sophie Parent, AGE Platform Europe Secretary General. In 2012, we were already 190 million people aged 50 years and over in the EU, i.e. 37% of the population. [...]

27% ≠ 27% ≠ a good idea

Posted by epopress on 17th July 2014

By Adam White, Research Coordinator at WWF European Policy Office’s Climate and Energy Unit The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. - Aristotle When it comes to [...]

EU as a Global Actor

Posted by Mose Apelblat on 17th July 2014

By Mose Apelblat Jean-Claude Juncker’s enlargement strategy reads as an anti-climax after his other ambitious guidelines. The Luxembourger’s approach on enlargement sends a negative message to all candidate countries telling [...]