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Experts noted the message of President Juncker that it is his desire that the “European Commission will have a very political nature”. Member countries have reacted to this message offering mostly politicians as Commissioners, albeit some less experienced in the mysteries of EU policies. As a result, the current team of Commissioners is more connected… » read more

Launch of Next Europe

My new book Next Europe is now officially launched. Of course this comes with a modest campaign to create attention for the book. I published several opinion articles, on news sites as well as in the Dutch paper Het Parool. You can read the ‘launch article’ at EurActiv (English) and on Opiniestukken.nl (Dutch). The presentation… » read more

Security was the leading theme of a closed expert debate organised by the Polish Institute of International Affairs and its Turkish counterpart – the Centre for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey (SAM – http://sam.gov.tr/about-sam/). Inspired by the discussion, and the more unofficial opinions voiced behind the curtain,… » read more

FC Barcelona supporters waving Scottish flags at Camp Nou The world is watching Scotland today, and the Catalans will watch closer than most. Spanish news sites are featuring pictures of FC Barcelona supporters waving Scottish flags during their team’s Champions League game yesterday, and it is widely reported that delegations from the Catalan (and Basque)… » read more

Whitehouse Consultancy Political Consultant Alessandro Fusco provides an analysis of the new European Commission unveiled yesterday in Brussels by President Jean-Claude Juncker. To read Alessandro’s article, please click here. The Whitehouse Consultancy is one of Europe’s leading public affairs and communications agencies.

New book: Next Europe

Next Europe – How the EU can survive in a world of tectonic shifts After many months of interviewing, research and writing, I am happy to announce the launch of my fourth book: Next Europe. It is already downloadable from Amazon, the Apple Store, Google Books, Kobo Books, Bruna and Smashwords. Other ebook stores will… » read more

Our blogger Joop Hazenberg joined BlogActiv some nine months ago, kicking off the research for a book on Europe. After many blogposts of his interviews and thoughts on the EU’s big questions and challenges, he now launches the finished version of his book ‘Next Europe’: “The EU is in a serious mid-life crisis and seems… » read more

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