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Today, 7 December 2017, in Brussels, 45.000 pro-independence Catalans are demonstrating the strength of their claim. The demonstration was organized by parties from the former government of the Generalitat de Catalunya, after the Spanish central government triggered the Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. The former President of Catalunya, Carles Puigdemont, and six other counselors… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

Aujourd’hui, sur près de 11 millions de roms recensés, pas moins de 80% habite sur le territoire espagnol, tchèque, bulgare, grec, croate, hongrois, portugais, roumain et slovaque. Les Roms sont présents depuis plusieurs siècles sur le territoire européen, excepté que leur intégration au sein de la population européenne reste faible. La population Rom doit faire… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

Guest blog post by Jennifer Baker, reporting from the SWITCH, the largest, open and free ICT and entrepreneurship event in the Baltic region. Blockchain could make Lithuania the world’s newest fintech hub says MEP Antanas Guoga, but while the potential is there, it won’t happen without great efforts in promoting the technology, education, and some… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

« Je ne suis pas d’accord avec ce que vous dites, mais je me battrai jusqu’au bout pour que vous puissiez le dire ». Cette phrase mythique souvent attribuée à Voltaire a en réalité été écrite par Evelyn Beatrice Hall, écrivaine anglaise. Elle incarne l’essence de la liberté d’expression et de la liberté de presse,… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

First published at: http://politheor.net/ The pan-European Personal Pension is the Commission led proposal to close the pension gap in a cost-effective manner. Its benefits spread across multiple fronts: improving pension system sustainability, strengthening current fiscal and macroeconomic coordination framework, unlock long-term investment, and contributing to deeper economic integration. Europe is getting old. Ageing population is… » read more

  Posted by RSIEAblog

The ongoing plight of refugees represents a concrete humanitarian emergency and disaster; at present, there is an unparalleled 65.6 million of displaced people, of which 22.5 million are refugees in acute need of international protection. Over the last decade, armed conflict, persecution, human rights abuses and other life-threatening situations engulfing Africa and the Middle East… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Social Europe – Finally?

Today’s gathering in Gothenburg might be a real advancement for Social Europe and for prioritising the social and welfare concerns of European citizens. Let us remind ourselves that on November 16th 1997 the then prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean Claude Juncker, held the first European summit on social issues. This summit should have been the… » read more

  Posted by FEPS Fresh Thinking

Oxfam’s new report unpacks the EU’s support for addressing the “root causes” of migration By Raphael Shilhav “Root causes”. When it comes to responding to migration and to managing it, there are few phrases that have been more overused and abused. Since 2015, politicians have been promising to address the “root causes of irregular migration”… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

Guest post by Sabine Lösing (MEP, DIE LINKE) and Jürgen Wagner (managing director of Informationsstelle Militarisierung e.V.) It is the prevalent perception in Brussels that if the EU wants to establish itself as a veritable global player within the group of major powers, the construction of a powerful military establishment is inevitable. Great Britain has… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest post by Harriet Bradley, EU Agriculture & Bioenergy Policy Officer at BirdLife If Aristotle were alive today, I’d like to imagine that he’d be right here in Brussels, giving open-air philosophy lectures at Place du Luxembourg. He would find no shortage here of topical analogies; only the other week we were given a first-hand… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Days after the UK wrapped up the “Stoptober” campaign to end tobacco consumption, France – still known in some quarters as “Europe’s chimney” – launched Mois Sans Tabac to encourage citizens to quit smoking and bring down national smoking rates from current levels. Tobacco use in the country is still unacceptably high, hovering around 30%… » read more

  Posted by The Euro Economy

The Syrian Arab Republic has announced this morning that will sign the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only country not pledging to climate action.   A negotiating member close to the Syrian delegation commented: “The assessment of the impact of a commitment such as the Paris Accord on the economy of a… » read more

  Posted by Climate Tracker - Tracking international climate change negotiations

by Julien Miéral Introduction – Chronological key steps of the CETA The launch of negotiations for a European Union (EU)-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) were announced and launched 2009. The decision was then taken in 2011 to include a chapter on investment protection. After nine rounds of negotiations, parties reached an agreement on… » read more

  Posted by RSIEAblog

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