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… » read more
January 8, 2011
“But always at my back I hear / Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near” wrote the English poet Andrew Marvell in the seventeenth century, when trying to persuade his coy mistress to be more accommodating. Marvell’s lines sum up rather well the sense of foreboding in the European Union at the start of 2011 as policy… » read more
December 24, 2010
ROLL ON 2011! We’ve got big plans for Blogactiv in the New Year, and we’re looking forward to growing our community and expanding the EU debate online. In the meantime, the front page is going on holiday until January 3rd – when we’ll welcome in the new year. Posts will continue on individual blogs (and… » read more
December 12, 2010
Merkel and Sarkozy have spoken! Forget about euro-bonds. Forget about increasing the emergency funding launched last May. Europe’s leaders, when they meet in Brussels next Thursday, will face a stark reality: the limits of eurozone support have been determined, at least for now, following the Franco-German summit in Freiburg. Economic growth combined with budget restraint… » read more
December 9, 2010
A group of experts and government advisers, the Climate Change Committee, have warned the government that the current poer market is not efficient enough to meet future targets. Suggestions have therefore been made to push the government to decide how much clean and renewable energy is needed. The government has welcomed this proposition and will… » read more
December 6, 2010
Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, in charge of inter-institutional relations, believes the draft Parliament-Commission agreement on a joint Transparency Register is an excellent compromise. Although registration will not be mandatory, reputational risks will encourage more organisations and PA professionals to join the database.
November 19, 2010
President Obama has arrived in Lisbon on Friday, but no-one on this side of the Atlantic seems too heartbroken that he will be forced to leave in two days’ time. On the other side of the pond, however, the Heritage boys and even some NYT columnists think he should have arranged to stay longer, for… » read more
November 11, 2010
This article is published in French by Le Monde, and in English by Zaman Daily, Kyiv Post and Moscow Times. Comments in English welcome here. Commentaires bienvenus, ici en français. Deutsche Fassung auf Anfrage erhältlich. This debate already triggered a number of reactions, following my speaking: – in June 2010, at an Istanbul conference, –… » read more
October 26, 2010
The G20 finance ministers’ meeting which took place last weekend in Gyeongju, South Korea, did not do much to ease fears of a potential currency war between developed and developing nations. The only worthwhile achievement was an IMF-brokered decision to increase India, China and Brazil’s clout and voting power on the IMF board. Geithner’s initiative… » read more
August 27, 2010
Great news: European citizens think the Europe 2020 strategy is brilliant. Only joking. But sitting in the Commission press room yesterday it seemed there was no end to the good news. Europeans are enthusiastic about economic governance and give the thumbs up to the priorities set out in the 2020 strategy. Or so said the… » read more
July 29, 2010
Recently, I had to answer this question and many others, such as is Islam the main obstacle for Turkey’s EU bid, in front of a Turkish audience in this beautiful country. Happily enough, I am a journalist, so I don’t need to be diplomatic. I started by saying that my country Bulgaria had the same… » read more
Wild idea for the wild East: pan-European EEC, soft governed by Europe 10 including Turkey, Ukraine, Russia
June 19, 2010
What a Turkish President and a French Minister told me encourages posting some ideas that I had so far just discussed with friends. Last week, I spoke at a major French Turkish conference in Istanbul, summmarised in this article. Behind efforts of rapprochement between both countries, and concerns about Turkey’s drifting toward the East, there… » read more
November 2009. Dutch Parliament in The Hague. A meeting of the Commission for international relations. Discussion about solidarity with the democratic Iranian opposition, that braved a few months ago the brutal suppression by the Iranian Government and its militias. Mr. Raymond de Roon, MP for Mr. Wilders’ PVV party has the floor. […]
During the EURid European Parliament event on 2nd June 2010, Commissioner Neelie Kroes explains her view of the challenges facing Europe relating to internet use and the future opportunities ahead for the .eu domain registry.
May 24, 2010
Anna Maria Darmanin, an EESC Member from Malta, explains some of the impacts of social exclusion. She also highlights some of the problems facing people with less resources in Malta and why lifelong education is the key to maintaining employability.
May 19, 2010
This story about the 5 year plan for the European digital economy was published by EurActiv on 19th May 2010. European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes today (19 May) unveiled her strategy to create a “virtuous and self-replicating digital economy”. The five-year plan concentrates on infrastructure for high-speed Internet and fostering a borderless market for online… » read more
This simple truth has finally become evident; but it took the Greek financial crisis to carry the message home. In a 12 page communication of May 12th the EU Commission draws the appropriate policy conclusions for the EU and member states. Basically, the Commission insists on deepening and broadening the existing surveillance mechanisms of member… » read more
May 12, 2010
At the 1st European Regions Energy Day in Brussels, Klaus Klipp, Secretary General of the Assembly of European Regions, spoke to Blogactiv. He explained the role that European Regions are already having in changing to a lower emissions environment to help combat climate change.
May 3, 2010
Over the past decade, Bulgaria has without doubt made great strides to rid itself of the image that it was one of the worst offenders worldwide against intellectual property, but has it done enough? Bulgaria is no longer a routine fixture in the Special 301 report, the influential document drafted every year by the US… » read more
April 22, 2010
Why did Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas sheepishly stand up and say: “Never mind that the Icelandic volcano is continuing to blast – you can fly now”. What a disappointing debut for Siim in his new post – he used to be so good at standing up to lobbyists.