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Democracy of the Republic

Ever since the Turkish Republic was founded in 1923, with the proclamation of the republic, it has taken many steps to consolidate participatory democracy, in spite of the military coups along with the unending sharia threat. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, also the founder of the Republican People’s Party, had taken parliamentary democracy as a model to… » read more

It was only last summer that the two leaders held ‘amity talks’ in a big Bedouin tent in the center of Rome ‘focusing on trade relations’. They celebrated the big friendship agreement singed two years earlier. It is astonishing that in 2010 these statesmen have celebrated their deal struck in 2008 where Italy pledged 5 billion dollars over 20 years to build a road across Libya from Tunisia to Egypt.

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.

Enhanced democracy

In my previous post I noted that the first step to bridge the gap between individuals and the European level is the flow of coherent information. Now this one is about the second, also necessary step, which is (in one word) legitimacy. Most of us agree that the best method in a democracy to obtain… » read more

Dear Europe,   It is with great interest that I read your announcement of the vacancies for a President and a High Representative for Foreign Affairs published on EurActiv’s web site under the title Europe desperately seeking leaders, with terms of reference published on the US German Martial Fund’s web site. The posts are an… » read more

Most politicians hailed the outcome of the second referendum on the same Lisbon Treaty. Not surprisingly, the loudest amongst them were the Brussels Eurocrats whose proliferation and revenue are further secured by the Treaty (Apostolov 2009b, Apostolov 2009a).   Some politicians were even insolent enough to claim that the second referendum that the Irish folk… » read more

USSR Reloaded?

(Third edition)    One man with courage makes a majority. Andrew Jackson     In a historic second referendum on a treaty changing the way the European Community functions (the Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community (Conference of the Representatives of the Governments of the… » read more

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