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Guest post by Dan Luca, Senior Director at EURACTIV. European Political Context In less than a year, European Parliament elections will lead us to the next European Commission. Following the current polarising trend in global politics, the debate in Europe is mainly conducted between pro-Europeans and anti-Europeans. The ever-growing gap between decision-makers and citizens could… » read more

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Guest blog post by Gaffar Abdul, Communications Officer at Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). ‘Fake news’, ‘misinformation’, ‘online falsehoods’ – call it what you may, but let us not be mistaken – this is not a recent phenomenon. Neither is it truly a new problem, though arguably it has gained new relevance in today’s information society, largely… » read more

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European Parliament votes to start interinstitutional negotiations on the revision of the European Citizens’ Initiative, but simultaneously commits to holding plenary debates on successful ECIs. On 5 July 2018, the European Parliament voted to start institutional negotiations on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) on the basis of the legislative report adopted by the Parliament’s Constitutional… » read more

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Guest blog post by Maarten de Groot, Campaign Coordinator ECI campaign and Daniela Vancic. The ECI Campaign is highly disappointed that the majority of the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament yesterday decided to ignore our call, supported by more than 70 civil society organisations, to take greater ownership and responsibility for the European… » read more

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Europeans from all over the continent convened in The Hague this weekend to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the Congress of Europe. The 1948 conference marked the beginning of the post-war process of European integration. The participants, whose deliberations stressed the importance of civic engagement in shaping Europe’s future, gathered in the ancient Knight’s Hall… » read more

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Guest blog post by Denis MacShane, the UK’s former minister for Europe. His latest book is Brexit, No Exit. Why (in the End) Britain Won’t Leave Europe (IB Tauris). Recently the London Eurosceptic political weekly, the Spectator, published an article by the most fervent EU federalist to be found in Europe. Jean Quatremer is a… » read more

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Guest post by Tomas Zdechovsky. Zdechovsky is EPP Vice-Coordinator in the Budget Control Committee. “One of the reasons Communism was not successful economically was the planned economy. Bureaucrats in the capital decided at their desk how much wheat to grow in which season and with which fertiliser, to give just one example. They knew little… » read more

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Guest post by Joakim Palme, Chair, Delmi and Professor of political science at Uppsala University and Kristof Tamas, Director and Head of Secretariat, Delmi. The 2015 refugee crisis led to a series of changes in European Union migration policy, including the reintroduction of border controls and an arrangement with Turkey. Although the influx of asylum… » read more

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Kosovo’s elite might soon be facing justice, if of an imperfect kind. Whether and how justice will be made is up to the EU, writes Andrea Lorenzo Capussela. Guest post by Andrea Lorenzo Capussela. Capussela is the author of State-Building in Kosovo: Democracy, Corruption and the EU in the Balkans and The Political Economy of… » read more

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  Guest post by Tom Parker, CEO of Cambre. Parker is an active member of the British business community in Brussels and is a regular commentator on lobbying practice and the future of the advocacy profession. With an eye to 2019, European Parliament elections and the appointment of a new Commission, Jean Claude Juncker set… » read more

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Guest post by Nicholas Whyte, Senior Director of APCO Global Solutions.   The proposed new allocation of European Parliament seats may benefit ALDE and the EPP, at the expense of the Left and the hard Right. This week’s European Council meeting will consider the European Parliament’s proposals for the reallocation of MEPs between the different… » read more

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    Open letter by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions. Last September, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, invited all Europeans to think together about the future of our Union. Without waiting for this invitation, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, a federation of national associations of towns and regions from 42… » read more

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