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 In our previous blog post we shared Europa Media’s analysis of the data collected throughout the first year of implementation of Horizon 2020. Now it is time to take a look at the upcoming calls in 2016-2017. Even though we expect the first calls to be published in mid-September, several draft Work Programmes have already… » read more

A game of betrayals

From Cassius and Ephialtes of Trachis to the infamous “Percentages agreement“, and continuing to modern times the history of the people living on the European continent is littered to the brink with betrayal. It is, to put it mildly, a perfect portrayal of our apparently born inability to trust each other or work together. One needs only… » read more

I’ve been starring at this blank page for the past 6 months, almost on a daily basis. I’ve been meaning to write more on the federalist quest, but I’ve been turned back again and again by news reaching me on developments on the EU scene. Today, as I have been more or less removed from the… » read more

The European Union is acting as a great source of poverty at the moment. The period from 2008-2013 has seen an unprecedented increase in unemployment levels, that a monetary union could not solve. Spending cuts, a growing divide inbetween how the young and the old approach society, social security troubles, are all different for each… » read more

This month British, American and many Commonwealth countries celebrate the Magna Carta of 15 June 1215. The document signed at Runnymede by King John at the insistence of English and Welsh barons reaffirmed ancient British rights, some of them dating back more than a thousand years before King John. That is well before the fifth… » read more

In 1947 in one of its first acts, Robert Schuman’s French Government made valiant efforts bring peace between Arabs and Israeli Jews in Palestine. When the Ben-Gurion government proclaimed the State of Israel, France voted in the UN to recognize it. When a nearly unarmed Israel was attacked by foreign  Arab national armies, France gave… » read more

The Christian Democrat  EPP, Socialists and Liberals think they have the eternal right to select old and pensioned-off politicians to be their Commissioners. The European Commission, was once a politician-free zone. It was then much more effective politically. One Commission president was a law professor, another was an engineer, a third was formerly a trades… » read more

From 6th to 9th May, the annual State of the Union conference took place in Florence, Italy. I decided to check the event, in order to listen to some of Europe’s leading experts on security and ICT, and European policy makers, as well as to enjoy my beloved hometown for a few days. The core… » read more

By Hilary Jeune, Oxfam’s EU policy advisor The leadership of a handful of countries is masking the failure of the majority of European governments to deliver on their overseas aid promises, as shown today by new figures for overseas aid spending by EU-19 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In times of… » read more

The European Union is a symbol of positive economic growth, and has been so for many decades now. The two oil crises of the seventies had put on considerable pressure on the continent to devise an increase in growth, so post-1993 there has been more movement for Europeans, goods, services, payments and capital, and more… » read more

[ Notă – Acest articol este versiunea în limba română a celui publicat anterior în engleză. Note – This blog post is the romanian translation of my previous post ] *** Mai sunt 9 zile pânâ la alegerile #EP2014 în România, și așteptările nu sunt foarte mari. Persistă o idee în mediul public că a… » read more

Turkey-EU Timeline 01-09-1959, Turkey applies for associate membership in the European Economic Community (EEC).  01-09-1963, Association agreement (“Ankara Agreement”) is signed by Ismet Inönü.  14-04-1987, Turkey’s membership application tothe European Economic Community (EEC), 01-01-1995 Turkey-EU Association Council finalises agreement creating a customs union. 01-12-1997, Luxembourg Council summit declares Turkey eligible to become EU member. 01-03-2001,… » read more

Revolution in Ukraine provoked by foreign agents created specific problems for the economy of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. But this does not mean that Ukraine is on the verge of destruction. On the contrary, it is likely the project of foreign special services regarding the insurrection in Ukraine has tumbled, and the Ukrainian opposition… » read more

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