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Europe is shocked by the Italian election results, because of Silvio Berlusconi’s return and Beppe Grillo’s incredible success. The European establishment is not really trying to comprehend the Italian situation, rather to exorcise it. Italy’s and Greece’s current political situations signal a flaw in the way Europeans relate to each other. In fixing macroeconomic unbalances,… » read more

Why state still matters?

The post was written by Ivan Bielik (email ivan.bielik at windowslive.com) In recent times we are witnessing diminishing role of state in the society. There can be various reasons for this process. Globalizing economic relations that surpass national borders, emergence of supranational organizations or international justice all mean that state slowly loses its competencies. But […]

Of Whales and Budgets

“Very like a whale” – Hamlet (Shakespeare) The whale species and the European Union’s budget have quite a lot in common. No really, they do. First, the survival and existence of both whales and the budget are dependent upon a complex arrangement of international treaties. Let’s begin with the whales. Each year around 3,000 whales… » read more

The decision last night of the European Union to cap the bankers’ bonuses is a true step in the right direction to regulate the financial markets. Today’s harsh reaction of the City of London shows clearly how necessary this decision was and how outraged these so-called elite-bankers are. This strong opposition has also been supported… » read more

By Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP Under the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, the British government must by 2014 decide whether the UK will remain a participant in, or exercise a mass ‘opt-out’ from, a set of about 130 existing (pre-Lisbon) EU laws in the field of policing and crime-fighting. These were decided under the old ‘Third Pillar’… » read more

Oxfam has long been concerned that increasing production of biofuels pushes up food prices, encourages land grabs and in many cases increases rather than reduces dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. Within the GROW campaign, we are fighting to end policies promoting biofuels and threatening food security and the climate. This issue was in the spotlight in… » read more

One of the schemes that is being contemplated in the chambers of European politics, is that of the joint issuance of sovereign debt instruments. This is currently related to the negotiations on the so-called “two-pack”, where the legislative reports from the European Parliament suggested schemes for the pooling of Member States’ debt and the consequent… » read more

Reporting

One of the most demanding periods of the year from the project coordinator’s point of view is the annual reporting period. This is the time when you are getting an overall feedback from your partners about the progress of the various aspects of the initiative. In an ideal world the coordinator just sends out the… » read more

Με την ανάληψη των καθηκόντων της η κυβέρνηση Σαμαρά είχε να αντιμετωπίσει εκτός από την ανάγκη βελτίωσης των πολιτικών του Μνημονίου, εκτός από την αντιστροφή ενός ιδιαίτερα αρνητικού κλίματος στο εξωτερικό, που μιλούσε ανοιχτά για την έξοδο από το ευρώ και ένα ιδιαίτερα αρνητικό κλίμα στη διαπραγμάτευση για το νέο ΕΣΠΑ και τη νέα Κοινή… » read more

Bjørn Lomborg shows how environmental activist groups like Greenpeace have held up trials on Golden Rice for twelve years for no good reason, arguing they should be held in part responsible for the loss of around eight million lives in that time from vitamin A deficiency. The Risk-Monger has a problem with a basic premise… » read more

Why is the Single Market a disaster for consumer protection? The EU common market became a threat and a real danger for consumers. With harmonised legislation and without border control the 4 basic freedoms brought not only economic prosperity but also permanent threat to all EU citizens. With the free movement of capital, humans, services… » read more

Last november the European Commission released the communication Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes. This document has been read carefully by several stakeholders in the education sector, as marks the Commission’s guidelines for the European policies in one of the most sensitive fields of national and European politics. AEGEE’s opinion on the… » read more

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