Technology: boosting the impact of news

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 22/02/15

Guest blogpost by Wilfried Ruetten, director of the European Journalism Centre, ahead of the News Impact Summit Brussels discussing new tools and approaches to cover the European Union. It is the business of journalism to generate and distribute relevant information, and its future depends on how well we manage to launch new journalistic products and [...]

Charlie: Avoiding a big confusion of feelings

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 12/02/15

Guest blogpost by Philippe Juvin, member of the European Parliament (EPP), spokesman for French deputies. A few months ago, the French cartoonist Cabu was in La Garenne-Colombes, a town close to Paris where I am the mayor. He was presenting a collection of original cartoons on jazz and was signing his book on this same [...]

Murder of Alberto Nisman and the Iranian Connection

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 10/02/15

Guest blogpost by Alejo Vidal-Quadras, professor of Atomic and Nuclear Physics and former vice-president of the European Parliament (1999-2014). The recent assassination of Alberto Nisman, the top Argentinean prosecutor in charge of the investigation into the bombing of AMIA Jewish Community Centre in Buenos Aires in 1994  – one of the biggest terrorist attacks in the [...]

Europe’s need for unity

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 09/02/15

Guest blogpost by Ian Hansen, program assistant with the Atlantic Council. By almost any measure, Europe has had a difficult start to 2015. The attacks in Paris, the increased unrest in Ukraine, and the elections in Greece are just three issues that underscore an increasingly vulnerable and divided continent. Yet, while Europe faces various challenges, if the [...]

Recognition for Spitzenkandidaten. 2019 should be decided now!

Posted by Dan Luca on 09/02/15

“To be honest, I was wrong about the Spitzenkandidaten process. It is an important first step to give the EU a face – and it gives the public a buy-in to EU politics”, mentioned a former UK cabinet minister at an event in Brussels, under the Chatham House rule. In 2014 the European Union introduced primary [...]

Young people, take the floor for the TTIP!

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 03/02/15

Guest blogpost by Wolfgang Petritsch, Igor Mitschka and Nils Metter. New student conference at Yale initiates dialogue about TTIP and future of the EU Listening to the vocal campaigns on both sides of the Big Pond, one might think of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations as the Super Bowl of the Transatlantica: standard-harmonizers, tariff-reductionists, consumer-protectionists, environmental-activists, [...]

The Romanian electoral system reform: extend it to the European elections?

Posted by Dan Luca on 03/02/15

The electoral system has an impact on the press. This was one of the conclusions at the event “Media4EU“, held a few days ago at the European Parliament in Brussels. I am glad that there is a debate in the Romanian political sphere about the national and local election system. The debate should be expanded [...]

John’s story & the expansion of palm oil trading

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 02/02/15

Guest blogpost by Anne van Schaik, Sustainable Finance Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, and Sam Lowe, Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland (EWNI). In 2011, communities across the island of Kalangala, Uganda, were ejected from their land in order to facilitate the expansion of oil palm. Financed by the Uganda government, [...]

What about Romania and Industry 4.0?

Posted by Dan Luca on 02/02/15

In the coming decade we will likely witness the first practical developments of the strategy of the German government: Smart Factories, planning industrial manufacturing. With new technological appearances, the industrialists’ trend for efficient use of resources, and using the Internet, it is possible that we will see this in the coming years on a large scale. [...]

Avoid chaos, bet on the young democracies

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 26/01/15

Guest blogpost by Coen van de Ven, originally published on Europe’s Footsteps. In North Africa, the dust of the Arab Spring has settled and new regimes have been established. But while Tunisia is praised as ‘country of the year’ by The Economist, Libya has fallen into dissension and Egypt is back at the point it [...]

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