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François Hollande clearly won the primaries on the French left. Let me recall that the presidential candidate is elected from among those who are willing to vote and the party suggests the candidates. Hollande is therefore the unquestionable rival number one to the current Head of State. The left wing hopes for success in next […]

Amongst the terrible economic gloom and doom of the last few days has come this news about rising unemployment in the eurozone. It never rains… One number really stood out for me, “Youth unemployment in Spain rose to 48.9%.” My goodne…

In 2004 Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski made an official visit to Spain. The programme included a meeting with the opposition leader. To the official residence of the Head of State arrived a young, smiling and – as it turned out later – quite audacious José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. During a half-hour talk he presented the […]

Author: Greet Jans Due to the global economical crisis the youth unemployment rate in Europe over the last years peeks historically high. Special care is taken of the youth unemployment rate, which is generally higher. In 2010, with the rate for the EU at 20.9 %, more than one on five young Europeans was not […]

L’élément le plus spectaculaire réside dans le renoncement aux contrôles permanents aux frontières, mesures extravagantes qui ont contribué à alimenter l’anti-Schengen et tous les détricotages imaginables (et l’imagination est fertile en la matière) de l’Union européenne. Y mettre fin est en soi une bonne chose et que ce soit le tout nouveau chef du gouvernement […]

Socialism in the digital age

The manifesto of the Indignados movement – those from Spain, adopted by the rest of Europe – is definitely worth reading. We can read there about equality, solidarity, the right to housing, employment, health care. Next, more fundamental, the Indignados demand political participation. So what happened that on the 15th of May in Madrid, the […]

The insanity of the “troika” (EU-IMF-ECB) to demand more austerity, more of the drug that utterly failed to contain the spiraling depression in Greece, meets the approval of the Greek government that seems to be determined to take whatever measures necessary to appease the troika’s officials and receive the next tranche of loans that will […]

Scenes from London. Image Source: Global Public Square – CNN Violence erupted in London and some other cities across the UK. Young men and women from poor neighborhoods went out on the streets looting shops, setting buildings ablaze and fighting the police. The events have been characterized as “nothing more than wanton criminality”. Is this […]

What will be the future of Schengen? Image source: Europe of Human Rights On July 4 the Danish authorities decided to reintroduce customs controls. A decision which is directly against the fundamental principles of the Schengen Agreement, that provide for free movement among all states that signed the agreement. Before labeling Denmark as the “black […]

Solutions from Slovakia on the Eurozone Crisis Directed utilization of a mix of instruments 1.) Restructuring parts of debt forgiveness (15-20%) 2.) Internal devaluation (20-25%) 3.) Measures by the Greek government for more effective tax collection and elimination of unproductive expenditures. 4.) Bridging loans from Eurozone mechanisms and the IMF. Together the above form a… » read more

I really like the title by EurActiv France: “Schengen : la France opportuniste“. By introducing de facto border controls at its borders with Italy, France created a huge political turmoil. But the bad example is always contagious. When Denmark did something worse, announcing it would re-introduce border controls at all its borders, France appeared as […]

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