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A new survey issued in the Eurobarometer investigates the attitudes of the Europeans to the environment. The survey is interesting and encouraging reading. The Europeans are distinctly prepared to rise to their responsibility towards environment and climate, and for a sustainable future. Not less than two thirds say that they consider that environmental protection to… » read more

The Spring Summit of European political leaders has been another showcase of why this generation of policymakers will be unable to deal with the current climate-energy chaos. Although the 27 decided to support the Commission’s climate/energy package, short-term protection of European (or better German, French, and other national) economic interests and jobs is still much… » read more

Another modern touch in the updated Lisbon Strategy is a reference to Open access to knowledge and Open innovation, both in the context of 5th freedom: “Member States and the EU must remove barriers to the free movement of knowledge by creating a “fifth freedom” based on enhancing the cross-border mobility of researchers, as well… » read more

The economic and social future of Europe is mainly outlined in a strategy called “Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs”. Launched in 2000 it provides the blueprint for Europe staying competitive in the globlized economy. It so happened that at the Spring European Council ending Friday, Europe is launching the next three year cycle. The… » read more

That great Communitarian, Amitai Etzioni, compellingly argues that the first priority in foreign policy is to provide basic security, not to democratize (Security First, 2007, Yale University Press). He argues for a “muscular, moral foreign policy” for the United States. Security cannot, however, be mainly based on military forces, police and other methods […] Original… » read more

One reason, why EU citizens haven´t developed a common society and collective memory is the dominant position of national media. The need for a single media source available for all citizens at the same time would enhance an EU wide common knowledge. Therefore, the creation of an EU TV channel seems overdue. Daily news, and… » read more

I can remember that in the discussions we had at “Tomorrow´s Europe” or at “Future of Europe”, it was mentioned rather often, that Europe has to speak with one voice. Participants in the discussion groups claimed that Europe should speak with one voice for instance regarding foreign policy. In my opinion the situation in Tibet… » read more

Free Tibet

Tibet is officially claimed by the Republic of China.In the Tibetan sovereignty debate, the government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Tibet in Exile disagree over when Tibet became a part of China, and whether this incorporation into China is legitimate according to international law. Geographically, UNESCO and Encyclopædia Britannica consider… » read more

It is debated for years of the possibility to include a ‘one million voice’ democratic leverage in a Community Treaty. It means that a petition signed by one million people have to be treated as a direct expression coming from Civil Society. With currently 450 millions inhabitants sharing different views, we can imagine to put… » read more

The most recent environmental Eurobarometer tells an interesting story when you are able to dig a bit deeper. Of course, it is useful for DG Environment to be able to “learn” from the survey that “Europeans put the environment centre stage” and that 64% of EU citizens feel that protecting the environment “must be given… » read more

I am not sure what the Mediterranean Union is all about (and not many seem to know a lot more for the moment) but Turkey still plays a major role in my opinion. Original post by brusselsblogger

Every week Yourspace features a weekly blogger who shares his or hers ideas for the PES manifesto and the 2009 election campaign. So far we have covered Sweden, United Kingdom, Romania, France and Finland – and received a lot of original and thought-provoking posts. Eric, Jon, Victor, Yohann and Hanna – thanks for all your… » read more

See also the other EDRi-gram news from issue 6.5 – 12 March 2008 EMI, Sony, Warner and Universal have sued Ireland’s largest ISP, Eircom, demanding that it install filters to prevent users from illegally sharing or downloading music. The action was admitted by Mr. Justice Peter Kelly to the Commercial Court, meaning that it will… » read more

The most important difficulty for communication in Europe is multiplicity of languages. Of course, English is spoken by a lot of people, but for those who speak a romanic language, it is’nt an easy language. And above all, most of all don’t want a national language to become the european common language. So, we should… » read more

Philip Stephens in his, a little unkind, article in today’s Financial Times, rightly emphasizes the need to have a European Council President who commands recognition and respect in Washington, Moscow, Delhi and Beijing. He believes that Angela Merkel qualifies on every count (see post of 6 February) but recognises that she prefers to remain as… » read more

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