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To forge a real sense of ownership and belonging, EU leaders and politicians should better market the European project, said the Indian dean of French business school INSEAD, Dipak C. Jain, in a recent interview with EurActiv. Having followed the American Dream and now seeking to live the European Dream, the Indian says that Europe’s… » read more

Join the debate here ! Question 1: Will the European Citizens’ Initiative transform the European democratic life and reduce the widening ‘Democratic Gap’ between its citizens and decision-makers? “The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) will introduce a whole new form of participatory democracy to the EU. It is a major step forward in the democratic life… » read more

Personal, family or group INTERESTS are the ultimate engine, alpha et omega of every human-related activity, but also seem to aspire at Secret de Polichinelle status. The truth is people are not really keen to include the naughty INTEREST and its egoistische reflections on their public agenda, and especially in the public space. Moreover, those who dare to speak of the devil in the cozy house of complaisant civility, thermo-insulated or should I say reality-insulated with nice good manners and intentions, the rebels are considered non fréquentable, merely suspects and eventually personae non gratae.

Personal, family or group INTERESTS are the ultimate engine, alpha et omega of every human-related activity, but also seem to aspire at Secret de Polichinelle status. The truth is people are not really keen to include the naughty INTEREST and its egoistische reflections on their public agenda, and especially in the public space. Moreover, those who dare to speak of the devil in the cozy house of complaisant civility, thermo-insulated or should I say reality-insulated with nice good manners and intentions, the rebels are considered non fréquentable, merely suspects and eventually personae non gratae.

First of all, there will be a lot of single issue politics, connected to lifestyle/hobby groups like hunting, bird watching or music downloading. A million signatures to abolish copyrights will be no match for them. There will be also a lot of emotionally loaded political questions. Banning nukes, GMO agriculture products or bailing out Assange? I bet that you can collect a million signatures for such issues in Europe almost overnight. Or collecting signatures for big business 10 euros each? Even signing up, too.

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