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“Après 30 ans d’affirmation de sa nécessité et face aux drames qui touchent les immigrants en Méditerranée, le moment est venu de relancer l’idée de création d’un corps européen de garde-côtes.” Une pétition sera proposée le 9 mai sur le village européen à Brest pour la Journée de l’Europe. L’idée avait germé à Brest, au… » read more

  Posted by Morucci Europe Blog

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Die Eurogruppe, eigentlich in harten Verhandlungen gestählt, zeigt Nerven. Seit Monaten dümpeln die Verhandlungen über die griechische Reformliste vor sich hin. Das ist eigentlich nichts Neues, denn auch unter der Vorgängerregierung Samaras wurden Fortschritte nur äußerst mühsam erzielt, von substantiellen Fortschritten ganz zu schweigen. Doch Samaras war im Umgang mit den internationalen Geldgebern deutlich geschickter,… » read more

  Posted by KARPFENTEICH

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The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is an innovative measure which entered into force three years ago. It was foreseen in the EU treaty and is described as an instrument of participatory democracy. The ECI allows European citizens to influence EU legislation and offers a link to political decision-making. Taken at face value this should go… » read more

  Posted by Mose Apelblat

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Following her less than successful endorsement of Finland’s former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb in his bid for re-election –as Heard in Europe recently reported, Angela Merkel visited Helsinki on 19 April – the German chancellor is heading to  Copenhagen next week (28 April) to support Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s general election campaign. Although Thorning-Schmidt has… » read more

  Posted by Heard in Europe

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Que el ser humano es uno de los animales que más mata a sus congéneres y que permanece más insesible a la muerte de los que le rodean, no precisa de sesudos estudios de antropólogos o biólogos, nuestra trágica historia sobre el planeta lo avala. Tal vez sea ese uno de los secretos que ha… » read more

  Posted by Con acento hispano

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Il popolo tedesco ha avuto una lunga storia nel trattare il suo passato nazista. Günter Wilhelm Grass, scrittore, poeta e drammaturgo tedesco, vincitore nel 1999 del premio Nobel per la Letteratura è scomparso il 13 aprile. Lui incarna più di ogni altro tedesco l’atteggiamento ambiguo della Germania nei confronti del suo passato. Grass deprecava apertamente… » read more

  Posted by Uniting Europe

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Am Donnerstag treffen sich die EU-Staats- und Regierungschefs. Ein Sondergipfel wird es werden, mit nur einer Frage: Was tun gegen die oftmals tödliche Massenflucht von verzweifelten Menschen über das Mittelmeer? Sondergipfel signalisieren Dringlichkeit. Sie garantieren leider keine Ergebnisse. Die Bilder der Särge nach dem Desaster vor Lampedusa im Oktober 2013 sind noch in guter Erinnerung.… » read more

  Posted by KARPFENTEICH

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Recent attacks on environmental NGO activists by government officials have left many to conclude that environmentalism should be criminalised. The Risk-Monger finds this just a tad too harsh, and on the occasion of Earth Day, thought he should come to the defence of his green friends. Although I agree we should not act or design… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

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Perhaps the most iconic image of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations is the infamous chlorine chicken. Derided as scaremongering and a myth by EU and US negotiators, but hoisted aloft by opponents to the EU-US trade deal – the chlorine-washed chicken has been ubiquitous. Apparently Americans can’t get enough of poultry scrubbed… » read more

  Posted by Heard in Europe