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In Bed with Rutte

Some say I was already practicing politics in the crib. In my memory, 1984 was a breakthrough year. It was the year of the cruise missiles and the people’s petitions. Of pacifist Woodstock residues Strikwerda and Faber of the Interdenominational Peace Council (Interkerkelijk Vredesberaad; abbreviated as IKV in Dutch). Seventy-five percent of the students were… » read more

  Posted by Wytze Russchen's 'Oliemannetje'

A few weeks ago, Swedish journalist Göran Rosenberg made a welcome appearance on the radio program Good Morning World. Speaking on the European Union and UK’s membership, he said: “A very human reaction to external threats, real and imagined, is to secure a place somewhere, behind a border of any kind, where the threat can… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren

Near Death Experience

Having the Revu debacle freshly in my memory, I worked extra hard. Every week, there was an article in the newspaper; a lot was bulldozed to protect my boss. Hard work from my side and lots of dark chocolate after lunch. I learned my classics quickly. However, I started noticing that I took my job… » read more

  Posted by Wytze Russchen's 'Oliemannetje'

My belief that Bilbao is a stronghold of sustainable city developments is growing immeasurably. Why? Because after visiting for a week of creative dialogue between 800 participants from 200 cities, I found myself inspired by the city’s culture of social change. Further out from Bilbao (which recently hosted a series of events entitled New Pathways… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren Now that 195 nations have promised to signed up to the Paris climate agreement, the hard work begins. The signatories have all committed to ramping up their fight against climate change, but what happens next will prove crucial. The new five-year national plans to reduce global warming will provide the roadmap for action. Continuing… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren

Syriza government proposal for the survival of the pension system in Greece has been delivered to the institutions for consultation. The proposal is structured in a way to serve three major goals: a. protect the current pensioners; b. secure that new generations will receive pension; c. safeguard the pension system and avoid a total collapse.… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

The alarming increase in child poverty leaves untouched decision-makers in Brussels. It unveils the most appalling facet of the economic crisis, it constitutes a fundamental factor that undermines growth prospects, strongly affects performance at schools, causes problems in the family and psychology issues and breaks down the basic structures and safety nets of the society.… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

Since the spark of the financial crisis, Greece has been weak in building a sound business environment. In this fragile context, disastrous austerity came to give a final blow. The last three years of EU funds 2007-13 period were not as efficient as the domestic governments or the European Commission could expect, but this was… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

The #EurActory40Energy list features 150 of the most influential experts in Energy Union. This list was created with the support of an innovative tool called EurActory, the directory of EU policy experts. The invited participants were able to discover and enrich the #EurActory40Energy “long list” of top policy experts with influence on EU Energy Union… » read more

  Posted by EU Community

Why does Daesch (or Islamic State) target France? This is one of the two only questions that are worthwhile to be debated. I heard in these days several commentators associating the terrorist attack in Paris with France’s air strikes directed to the IS controlled area. That does not convince me at all. French airfighters started… » read more

  Posted by Brainstorm on Politics and Economics of the EU

In November 17-18 Greek PM Tsipras meets with Turkish PM Davutoglu and the President Erdogan in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. The Greek PM is expected to discuss a number of issues, with the refugee crisis on top of the agenda. Alexis Tsipras’ visit in Turkey comes in a turbulent time… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

Let’s be frank: after one year, the Juncker Commission has been a disappointment. Admittedly, it has excuses: too many Member States, an unmanageable decision-making process, intractable geopolitical and humanitarian crises…but be that as it may, the “last-chance Commission” risks living up to its name, if can’t find a path to better governance soon.   The… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

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