“The only natural resource we discovered is the human potential. Israel is an example where the people enriched the land more than the land enriched the people.” – President Shimon Peres, from his EU parliament speech In their book “Start-up Nation: The story of Israel’s economic miracle”, authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer (...)
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Last Sunday – Next year, the EU and Turkey are celebrating a rare jubilee – in 2015 the accession negotiations last a whole decade. The unsuccessful blocking of Twitter, the corruption scandal and the harsh approach towards the protesters of Gezi allow (...) by ,
15 April 2014 – Choosing political parties and candidates in today’s gloomy Greek reality and in the actual economic and social circumstances is undoubtedly one of the most responsible and at the same time difficult decisions a Greek voter is expected to make. (...) by
13 April 2014 – The first two functional satellites of Galileo, the European global positioning system, are scheduled for launch in June. The take-off from Kourou Space Centre will mark the end of years of delays during which the programme faced more political (...) by
10 April 2014 – Following a period of subdued and difficult relations between the European Union and China, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first trip to Europe this week—which will include a stopover at the EU’s headquarters in Brussels, the first-ever such visit (...) by
6 April 2014 – If there is an event which will go down in the history books as the most important one in the first half of 2014 the Ukrainian crisis and the annexation of Crimea by Russia is definitely the top candidate. For the chain of events that started (...) by | 2 comments
3 April 2014 – United in diversity: This is the motto of the European Union. In this sense, the European progress is measured against the degree of European integration. One of the essential components of such integration is the preservation, as well as the (...) by ,
31 March 2014 – The 100th anniversary of WWI offers the opportunity to compare the current crisis with those occurred during the past century. The two World Wars, the great depression, fascism and nazism are aspects of the crisis of the nation-state. In fact, (...) by | 1 comment
29 March 2014 – The European Parliament elections at the end of May are going to be a tight race for the first place between the Social Democrats (S&D) and the European People’s Party (EPP). Other established parties like the Liberals (ALDE) and the Greens (...) by
25 March 2014 – EU citizens have the right to vote either in their country of origin or in their country of residence, including in the UK. Being able to vote here is an important EU right, because it allows you to have a say in things that matter where you (...) by
23 March 2014 – On March 6th and 7th 2014, around 2,200 participants including leaders of major EU institutions, heads of state and government, party leaders and delegates from The European People’s Party met at the EPP Party Congress in Dublin. This landmark (...) by
20 March 2014 – Often wrongly called Eastern countries, or ex- Soviet Union countries or the post-communist countries, the countries of Central Europe, namely Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and additionally Poland and Austria, struggle to reposition (...) by ,
17 March 2014 – The political parties and the other actors (institutions, movements, lobby groups, think tanks) are taking on this election period. The nature of the election with the election by proportional representation, produces a particular polarization: (...) by ,
15 March 2014 – The European Parliament elections in 2014 will allow for a democratic breakthrough if all possibilities offered by the Lisbon Treaty are applied. The President of the European Commission would then be chosen from a democratically elected (...) by ,
11 March 2014 – Ilze Juhansone is Permanent Representative of Latvia to the European Union. She enlightens for us various burning and topical issues at the European level and depicts her country, ten years after joining the EU. What is your government reaction (...) by
7 March 2014 – My name is Dimitri, a Russian name, but I’m French, I live in Ireland and my wife was born in the Ukraine (a part of USSR at the time). Yes, I know, kind of complicated. When the Ukrainian revolution started on Maidan, we started following it (...) by
6 March 2014 – My name is Dimitri, a Russian name, but I’m French, I live in Ireland and my wife was born in the Ukraine (a part of USSR at the time). Yes, I know, kind of complicated. When the Ukrainian revolution started in Maidan, we started following it (...) by
3 March 2014 – Voters can no longer complain that there is no such thing as choice in politics. As the European Union is gearing up for what will be a rocky election season, with far-right parties expected to win a sizeable chunk of votes, the array of options (...) by | 2 comments
27 February 2014 – In Ireland, it is almost an immutable fact of life that with an economic crisis comes a wave of emigration. It is said that where the French would riot, the Irish quietly leave. This has certainly been true of the recent decline in Irish (...) by
24 February 2014 – The use of chemical weapons on the Damascus suburbs brought a wave of indignation in international public opinion and led to US President Obama threatening a retaliatory strike against Syria. This threat did not receive the expected support (...) by
22 February 2014 – I’m from Portugal, a country whose king-to-be had to win against his mother, a countess, in the São Mamede battle in order to become independent. This was in 1128. Now, in 2014, how can a nation become an independent state? In some parts of the (...) by
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- EurActiv.com Yesterday, by EurActiv with ReutersThe EU must create an energy union to secure its gas supply, because its current dependence on Russian energy makes Europe weak, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk wrote in an article in the Financial (...)
- EurActiv.com Yesterday, by Euractiv.com with ReutersPortugal's near-term economic prospects are improving as its international bailout nears an end, but it must keep up reforms, in order to prevent debt growth, the IMF said.
- EurActiv.com Yesterday, by EurActiv with ReutersAn international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine began to unravel Sunday (21 April), with pro-Moscow gunmen showing no sign of surrendering seized government buildings.
The parties have their Commission President candidates. TV channels, it’s over to you: 15th May debate on prime time TV please.Jon Worth Euroblog Yesterday, by JonI write this blog entry as a convinced EU democrat. By that I mean that, faced with the options about how to solve the many problems the EU currently faces, actually trying to make democracy work at EU level is the least worst of the available (...)
- Jon Worth Euroblog Last Friday, by JonWith the European elections now just over a month away, every campaign organisation in Brussels is coming up with its demands for wannabe MEPs before the election. ALTER-EU, the campaign for lobby transparency, has released its campaign site (...)
- EurActiv.com Last Friday, by Andrei Schwartz / EurActiv.roFor political forces in Romania, the European elections are first and foremost a test before the presidential election, to be held later this year. EurActiv Romania reports.
- EurActiv.com Last Friday, by Frédéric Simon | EurActiv.comFor an industry body, passing on the message that consumers may want to buy less of your product may seem suicidal. Yet this is what SpiritsEurope is attempting to do with the concept of “responsible (...)
- EurActiv.com Last Friday, by EurActiv.fr - article translated from FrenchAn independent research institute predicts a bright future for the French economy, but it may take years to benefit employment levels, EurActiv France reports.
- EurActiv.com Last Friday, by EurActiv.comUsing olive oil instead of butter when cooking a meal may not lower heart risk, according to new research by the British Heart Foundation.
- EurActiv.com Last Friday, by Cécile Barbière | EurActiv.fr - article translated from French
- Jon Worth Euroblog 14 April 2014, by JonFrom its headquarters at the southern end of Stresemanstrasse as far as Potsdamer Platz, the SPD has filled the street with huge election posters for the European Parliament election campaign… and they are awful. The five main posters are shown (...)
- Jon Worth Euroblog 9 April 2014, by JonOne of the supposed advantages of the European Commission top candidate / Spitzenkandidat process is that it gives some personality to the European Parliament election campaigns for the first time. I am hence very happy to see that televised (...)
- Jon Worth Euroblog 7 April 2014, by JonI’ve previously written about how the UK is absent from the EU’s Presidential Election (otherwise known as the top candidate, or Spitzenkandidat process), and while the essential content of that earlier post remains valid, I have reflected further (...)
- Jon Worth Euroblog 7 April 2014, by JonI was back in the UK for the first time in ages last week and was frustrated as a result of not being able to use two services I had grown to rely on – my Three Pay-as-you-go Data SIMcard, and Auto-TopUp for my Oyster Card. What’s the problem? A (...)
How Neelie Kroes’s rant about Düsseldorf Airport wifi shows she really understands political social mediaJon Worth Euroblog 28 March 2014, by JonI can just imagine the scene. Neelie Kroes is sat at Düsseldorf Airport waiting for her flight, tries to get online, and turns to Ryan Heath or Jack Schickler or some other member of staff travelling with her, and with that mix of steel and (...)
- Jon Worth Euroblog 27 March 2014, by JonAnyone who knows me well knows I am fascinated by the use of words about the EU. Since @europasionaria first got me to read Lakoff’s “Don’t Think of an Elephant”, I’ve been wondering how to apply his ideas to the debate about the European Union. I’ve (...)
- The Federal Union blog 27 January 2014, by RichardI wince as my gas and electricity bills arrive. It’s so expensive now, domestic heating, despite all the penny-pinching things to use less fuel I’ve done to keep our costs down. But another part of me thinks that it’s a good thing that domestic (...)
- The Federal Union blog 24 January 2014, by RichardThe LSE European Institute is delighted to invite you to its first Contesting Europe public debate on: ‘The United Kingdom and the European Parliament Elections: Voting For, Against or About the European Union?’ with: Prof Vernon Bogdanor, (...)
- The Federal Union blog 24 January 2014, by RichardThe LSE European Institute and the European Parliament Information office in the UK are delighted to invite you to a panel discussion at the LSE on: ‘The Rise of Euroscepticism: Causes and Prospects’ with: Dr Matthew Goodwin, Associate Professor (...)
- The Federal Union blog 23 January 2014, by RichardThe theory that undermines modern economics is the idea that people act rationally. Their actions will be based on an analysis of the information available to them and they will then act in a manner that maximises their own benefit. If that is (...)
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