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Since the crisis this week-end, the split of Belgium received further credits and some in Wallonia are effectively elaborating on their future without Flanders. The wheel of fortune turns. Now, Flanders appears to be afraid… Read background on Belgian politics for dummies… and EU-afficionados According to a recent survey by Dedicated Research, Flanders is afraid… » read more

Kitas gehören in Wohngebiete Zur Ankündigung der Bundesregierung, Rechtsicherheit für Kindertagesstätten in reinen Wohngebieten zu schaffen und nächstes Jahr das Gesetzgesetzgebungsverfahren für eine Bauplanungsrechtsnovelle einzuleiten (Antwort auf unsere Kleine Anfrage, Drs. 17/1194): Es ist traurig, dass sich die Bundesregierung erst 2011 in der Lage sieht, das Gesetzgebungsverfahren für eine Bauplanungsrechtsnovelle auf […]

Sir, Regarding ‘‘Social Europe’ still missing in EU 2020 draft, say activists‘: After reviewing the first assessment from the European Commission, ILGA-Europe wrote the following letter to Commission President Barroso, and Commissioners Reding, Malmström, Füle, Andor, and Vassiliou: “We understand from European Commission consultation documents on the EU 2020 strategy that there are currently no… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘Šefcovic eases through hearing, fends off accusations‘: Political Situation and Overall Social and Economic Background 2009’s most important political event in Bulgaria was the general election of July 5. 07. 2009 which the GERB political party won in a landslide. Ever since the majority government party got the support of the smaller right-wing… » read more

The story of the Mr Bean “hack” of the Spanish Presidency website got me thinking. Not the story itself, which is just an amusing diversion. But Joe Litobarski’s excellent analysis led me to compare the way the story was covered by the mainstream media and by bloggers such as himself and Julien Frisch, who first… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘EU innovation ‘manifesto’ turns spotlight on funding and skills‘: The idea of expanding the ’scale and ambition’ of the European Union’s structural funds towards strengthening investment in research and knowledge is in itself excellent and necessary. However, one must be careful to make sure that the structural funds are invested directly in science… » read more

Interview about process of European integration, visa-free travel, building democratic society, human rights, future of the Balkans… Mrs Lunacek, you recently visited Montenegro. What are your first impressions and did you like the country? My first impression was the beautiful and impressive nature of Montenegro, with mountains, as well as a coast line and historical… » read more

The following article was published by EurActiv.com on 2nd December 2009. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso sent a letter to the speakers of the EU 27’s national parliaments this week, informing them of their increased powers under the Lisbon Treaty, EurActiv has learned. In the letter to speakers of the EU’s 40 upper and lower… » read more

ELIAMEP: Would you say that the Pakistani community in Athens is blossoming in its own social space? H.E. Mr. Kazmi: Pakistani migrants came to Greece in the 1970s. They have been staying here and doing well. The majority of them are working in the construction industry, in farms and in the service sectors. Many of… » read more

It’s been a week since the Calais incident, so what happens now and at what level? The emotional, social, and political aftershocks from France’s raid and closure of the Calais migrant camp would have probably stayed in the headlines and fed the political commentary machinery for some time, had they not been swept aside by… » read more

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