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First of May 1993, French Prime minister Pierre Beregovoy shot himself in the head. A considerable emotion shook France, and that suicide was explained as a sign of desperation of a man destabilized by a conspiracy. But, in January 2008, a book entitled “Un crime d’Etat ?” (Eric Raynaud) has developed the hypothesis that Pierre… » read more

In his address of 16th April President Bush has for the first time admitted the need for the USA to stabilise CO2 emissions in view of coping with climate change. But allowing an additional 15-20 percent increase of emissions before capping them as of 2025 is not a deal the US government can hope to… » read more

I never thought that I would be applauding the victory of Silvio Berlusconi. But then, I did not anticipate that there would be any cohesive and working majority in both houses. If Italy is going to escape from its current economic sloth, it needs a strong government that can introduce the necessary reforms and make… » read more

Of all the different people I have met on this trip so far, Hungarians seem to be the least attached to their TV. Greeks seemed to have one for every few square meters in the house, with the one in the kitchen preferably switched on all day. Some Portuguese housewives ? so I was told… » read more

Hungarians are fed up with domestic politics. Recent years have shown staggering growth in the Hungarian economy, politicians have fallen over each other and over themselves and none of the political parties has been able to drag Hungary out of the crisis it is currently going through. Prices are up, unemployment is up, the government… » read more

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Six years ago biofuels became “en vogue”. Europeans and, even more so, Americans considered them as a welcome complement to fossil fuels and an antedote to global warming. The EU fixed 5.75 percent for 2010 and 10 percent for 2020 as the share of biofuels in EU gasoline supply.These days are gone. Today biofuels have… » read more

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This webinar discusses energy efficiency labelling and performance standards. Possible discussion topics are: Is ‘enlargement’ of the labeling scheme beneficial? How to accommodate the continuous improvement in technology? How to design schemes to phase-out old appliances? How to certify and harmonize testing centers? Financial incentives to stimulate efficient products in the market. The role of… » read more

The EU is dragging its feet over the Western Balkans, warns Wolfgang Petritsch, the EU’s former Special Envoy to Kosovo. He urges the Union to draw on its experience with Bulgaria and Romania to accommodate the special needs of the Balkan states SPRING 2008 Click here to read the full article Original post by Europe’s… » read more

At the European Movement’s ‘Speak Up Energy’ event on 16 April 2008, Marie-Christine Jalabert, Deputy Head of Unit in the European Commission’s DG TREN, explained the reciprocity clause in the proposal for the Third Energy Package: We have one goal: to prevent a possible non-EU company from putting the assets on the market. If a… » read more

Why is it so hard to accept that our planet’s economy has limits? The puerile excitement of so-called energy experts about Brazil’s new “gigantic” oil find is yet another proof that the world and its media remain in denial about our worsening sustainability crisis. “Surprise discovery off coast of Brazil may confound the oil and… » read more

At present, most EU members have varying differences in the educational curriculum and teaching methods within European schools. If we begin to introduce an integrated curriculum between member states, then moving forward in our committed ideas will have a stronger chance, if our younger citizens ‘grow their minds together’ in the classroom. An integrated approach… » read more

En mai 1998, lors du 50ème anniversaire du 1er Congrès de La Haye, Monsieur Mario Soarès, Président du Mouvement européen international, avait donné la parole à Mme Alwine de Vos, Présidente du Mouvement international ATD-Quart Monde. Rappelant le message du Mouvement Européen de mai 1948, elle avait cité la volonté de « mettre en échec… » read more

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