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Reading and writing are among the first skills Greek children learn in primary school. However, they won`t learn to write A`s, B`s and C`s, but Alpha`s, Beta`s and Gamma`s. Only by the time they start learning English they will get familiar with the Latin characters. Before then, it`s the Greek alphabet they learn. What else… » read more

This year, the European Business Summit’s theme is “Greening the Economy”. However, instead of inviting companies that are pioneers in environmental technologies, the programme boasts some of the most polluting companies in the world and some of the worst performers in their sector. Instead of green leaders, the EBS presents dirty laggards. With an action… » read more

Pierre Hermant, General Manager of the European Business Forum, organiser of the European Business Summit. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/ZpM4Qd-0In0″ width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Original post by Greening the Economy

Michel Wurth (ArcelorMittal) on carbon trading and energy efficiency at the European Business Summit 2008. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/K21TWYAA2i4″ width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Original post by Greening the Economy

The process to appoint the triumvirate of European Council President, Commission President and Foreign Policy Chief/Commission Vice-President is complicated enough with timing problems. Assuming that the Lisbon Treaty will be ratified and come into force on 1 January 2009, the European Council President and the Foreign Policy Chief will need to be agreed this […]

Greetings from Slovakia, my name is František and let us share some thoughts together, The EU is unique in its languages as well and I think we all do support this, but let us look at it closer, is is not possible to figure out a language witch colud be used as an EU language… » read more

What’s the difference? In these times of climate change concern, individuals and organizations alike are eager for measurable criteria to compare the impact of products and services on global warming. The notions of ‘Life Cycle Assessment’, ‘Carbon Footprint’, and ‘Ecological Footprint’ often appear in the media, but their exact meaning and the differences between them… » read more

German parliamentary ratification of the Lisbon Treaty is assured in good time, but nevertheless Germany may prevent the new treaty coming into force on 1 January 2008. A contradiction? No. According to the German daily newspaper Die Welt, Peter Gauweiler of the CSU and Left Party politicians are considering challenging the ratification before the […]… » read more

Working, eating, sleeping and working. Such is the lifestyle imposed on European young adults. Opting out is unacceptable, both financially and socially. People first need money to save time – then they need money to keep themselves amused during the time they have just saved. Numerous are those who have forgotten a time when they… » read more

Sixteen countries off the list, eleven more to go. The order of countries prescribed that I visit Cyprus before Greece, which I think may be the reverse order. Anyway, Cyprus allowed me to get used to the Greek alphabet, to the Greek flag and the bilingual capacities that most Greeks and Cypriots share. Day one… » read more

The European Parliament yesterday reached agreement (to be endorsed, Thursday 21 Feb) on the next step to improve the functioning of the internal market of goods, much to the delight of Orgalime, the European engineering industries association. The decision on the package is very positive for industry and has potential to serve as a clear… » read more

Hola europeos: ahí van algunas sugerencias 1.- Potenciar la lengua inglesa como la de la Unión Europea. 2.- Reducción progresiva de las embajadas tanto dentro como fuera de la EU. Se podría aplicar el criterio de idioma similar y de zona europea. Así las embajadas de Alemania y Austria (más otros paises) se fundiría en… » read more

Se sostiene que la formación es un factor fundamental para el desarrollo profesional, de forma que se está articulando un necesario sistema de “formación permanente”. Sin embargo, a efectos reales, las cosas no son totalmente así. Pongamos un ejemplo, para mayor brevedad y claridad: Un trabajador que hubiera cursado 24 asignaturas (de una carrera de… » read more

Being self-employed without income is not always easy, but it does give a lot of freedom. Every morning when I wake up, I can choose the subject I want to talk and write about. That usually is an advantage but not today. I had saved the subject of immigration for Brindisi, inspired by old TV… » read more

Se sostiene que la formación es un factor fundamental para el desarrollo profesional, de forma que se está articulando un necesario sistema de “formación permanente”. Sin embargo, a efectos reales, las cosas no son totalmente así. Pongamos un ejemplo, para mayor brevedad y claridad: Un trabajador que hubiera cursado 24 asignaturas (de una carrera de… » read more

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