The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe has been meeting in the centre of London for three days, from the 28th of November to the 30th of November. Organised by the UK Lib Dems and the ALDE bureau in Brussels, this Congress took place at a time of questioning and challenges for the European liberals. A (...)
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Last Wednesday – On the 28th of November, 23 Members of the European Parliament from 11 different European countries issued a joint statement expressing their support for the European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) for Unconditional Basic Income. This calls upon the (...)
1 December 2013 – This article was first published in a 1997 issue of The New Federalist for the 25th anniversary of JEF-Europe, the supranational organisation of the Young European Federalists, the publisher of this website. Twenty-five is the last year when (...) by | 1 comment
28 November 2013 – Some of the most high-profile British media came together at the event “Reporting Europe”, organised by King’s College London on 7th October 2013, to discuss how the British media approach European issues. The peculiar way in which British media (...) by
26 November 2013 – Yet another time, about a third of the Austrian electorate decided to give their vote to right-wing and anti-EU parties. In September 2013, three right-wing parties were waging a battle to win seats in the Austrian parliament. The infamous (...) by
20 November 2013 – The most serious weakness of the European Commission – that is, of the institution destined to play the role of European government – lies in its lack of a direct link with the EU’s citizens, and therefore of democratic legitimacy. The EU has an (...) by
17 November 2013 – We recently commemorated the 11th November, the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany, which ended one of the deadliest conflicts the world has ever known. Coined as “the war to end all wars” it has since been dwarfed in (...) by
14 November 2013 – Since the beginning of the year, around 7,000 illegal immigrants have crossed the Bulgarian border, half of them from Syria. While the numbers are lower than for Italy, Spain or Greece, dealing with the influx is putting pressure on the (...) by
11 November 2013 – No party with a majority, seven parties passing the hurdle to enter the Parliament’s lower house and voters turning to extra-parliamentary groupings. The results of the Czech early election from October 25th and 26th bear a resemblance to those (...) by
6 November 2013 – Extreme-right parties across Europe are seeking to form a common anti-EU front in the 2014 European elections. Despite their disunity, they are likely to perform well. However it is not too late for mainstream parties to fight back their (...) by
6 November 2013 – The tragic shipwreck off Lampedusa that has taken 359 lives raises numerous issues. The continuous flow of migrants towards Europe’s southern countries is a heavy burden on the crisis- ridden nations and causes innocent victims. The governments (...) by
27 October 2013 – Michel Barnier, European Commissioner responsible for the Internal Market and Services, delivered a speech at the London School of Economics on Wednesday 17 October 2013, in which he emphasized the strong interdependence between the UK and the (...) by
26 October 2013 – We know they know, you know. Big news this week. Big Brother US is watching EU leaders. « Phone calls are being tapped ». And they call it a scoop. No, really? Now, what is it with the Media’s new fashionable obsession with the EU’s theatrical (...) by
23 October 2013 – A distinction is often made between European Neighbours and neighbours of Europe within the EU. The former shares a much greater cultural proximity and, behind closed doors, represents candidates for membership. The latter is a purely geographic (...) by
20 October 2013 – Mind the gap, between the Uni and your first job. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Is the EU labour market for young graduates really turning into a gridlock? “Youth guarantee must be top priority”. So did promise, in theory, the (...) by
17 October 2013 – We knew the ‘appalled economists’, those researchers who outlined, after a long theoretical reflection and precise statistical checks, the existence of a new law following which we would live better lives if we spent more than we earn. Now come (...) by ,
13 October 2013 – Who can still ignore the racial discriminations striking Roma people everywhere in Europe? The list of discrimination, rejection and racist violence that they face, like a baleful litany, is ever-growing and could sink into despair. In Romania, (...) by
11 October 2013 – As Catalonia and Spain continue their soul-searching, few words come up as often as federalismo. Often wrongly described as a federalist country by outsiders, Spain is in fact caught in a limbo, halfway between centralisation and (...) by | 3 comments
8 October 2013 – After a triumphant result at the German election, Angela Merkel faces a third term as Chancellor of Germany. The election is a sign of trust of the German people, but also a strong mandate for the Chancellor’s policies. Merkel has reached the (...) by
3 October 2013 – The bond of trust between public institutions and people is the basis of democracy. The trouble is that it is much easier to lose it than it is to gain. As the European parliament grows in size and increases its political authority, public trust (...) by | 1 comment
15 September 2013 – The discussion of English Euroscepticism has been well and truly booming what with the rise of UKIP, heirs of the feeling of resentment towards the Maastricht Treaty; the prospect of a referendum after the next general election; and a shy (...) by
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- Grahnlaw 30 June 2013, by Ralf GrahnI have noticed being troubled by the implications of this ground zero of trust for the Internet economy. If the Internet returns to a mental Stone Age of zero trust, what is going to happen to us and our economies? Read The age of zero trust: (...)
- Grahnlaw 30 June 2013, by Ralf GrahnAfter the EU Digital Agenda Scoreboard SWD(2013) 217 in a nutshell and a look at the fragmented and contracting telecoms markets in Europe, we steam ahead to the second annex chapter about fast and ultra-fast Internet access (from page 43). - I (...)
- Grahnlaw 29 June 2013, by Ralf GrahnThe ouverture presents the theme. In the blog entry ECTA and ETNO lobbying – the sequel I mentioned the Financial Times article by Daniel Thomas and James Fontanella-Khan: Telecoms chiefs urge rethink of reforms (€). Read Variations on a (...)
- Grahnlaw 28 June 2013, by Ralf GrahnHow do you think telecommunications lobbying in Brussels AD 2013 serves the public? Read ECTA and ETNO lobbying – the sequel.
- Grahnlaw 27 June 2013, by Ralf GrahnLet us turn to the public information (and communication practices) of two major telco industry interest groups. Read ECTA and ETNO shadow boxing on telecoms single market.
- Grahnlaw 26 June 2013, by Ralf GrahnAt the Digital Agenda Assembly (DAA) in Dublin, 20 June 2013, Kroes sang the praise of progress with the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) before concentrating minds on unfinished business, the proposal promised for the telecoms single market. (...)
- Grahnlaw 25 June 2013, by Ralf GrahnCommission vice-president Neelie Kroes has promised an EU telecommunications market proposal in September. Read EU telecommunications market proposal.
- Grahnlaw 25 June 2013, by Ralf GrahnMarkets in the United States and South East Asia are rising, but Europe is falling behind. Are the European leaders prepared to act quickly and decisively to get our continent back on a growth path? Read Fragmented and contracting telecoms (...)
- Grahnlaw 23 June 2013, by Ralf GrahnDear fellow citizens of #Neuland, I wish you happy reading and a brighter future. Read EU Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2013 in a nutshell.
- Grahnlaw 21 June 2013, by Ralf GrahnThe digital natives have (deservedly) had some fun, but are we going to see more of the discussion Jon Worth started by asking questions and enlightening the politicians necessary for both market reforms and Internet regulation in Europe? Read (...)
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