Help a friend in need

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 18/09/14

Guest blogpost by Emil Valdelin, Policy Manager of Facebook Brussels, on the occasion of the World Suicide Prevention Day. Making the Internet a safer place takes many different shapes and forms. With young people at the forefront of the technological revolution, spending increasing amounts o f time online, their digital behavior is crucial to foresee [...]

Association Agreements benefits the EU and Eastern Partners, but will Russia allow it?

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 18/09/14

Guest blogpost by Simonas Klimanskis, Eastern Europe Studies Centre in Vilnius. The European Union (EU) signed Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and the Free trade Agreement, which is an essential part of the Association Agreement, with Ukraine on 27 June. If these countries were previously able to balance between the East and the West, they [...]

What leaders have been chosen by Europe in 2014?

Posted by Dan Luca on 12/09/14

Scientific experts are attempting to explain the EU’s communications paradoxes. In 2009, Prof. Peter Van Aelst analyzed the election campaign of the first President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, stressing that the basic rules of political campaigning were not applied. On the contrary, we have witnessed the opposite of the logic of campaigning. [...]

Portrait: Frans Timmermans vs geopolitics

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 11/09/14

Guest blogpost by Heinrich Matthee, director of research of INEGMA-EU in Brussels. During the summer of 2014 the claws of geopolitics have also touched Europeans. It is a time of punctuated equilibrium, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. During the summer, pro-Russian rebels shot down the civilian airliner MH-17 over Ukraine. The [...]

Coordinating Europe’s social policies: not there yet

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 11/09/14

Guest blogpost by Alfio Cerami, author and former international consultant for Unicef. During the last two decades, the social policy approach of the European Union (EU) has witnessed significant changes. This has primarily included a major shift: from social policies of inclusion seen as a mere outcome of economic development to factors contributing themselves to economic [...]

A history of traumas of EU Communication (1992-present)

Posted by Dan Luca on 05/09/14

If we look at the European communication history, we see a crucial moment: the referendum of 1992, when the Danish rejected the Maastricht Treaty. They will finally provide their approval next year, after the government negotiated several sectorial amendments, especially in the field of justice and home affairs, but also in terms of defense cooperation. [...]

TTIP: threat or opportunity to public health?

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 03/09/14

Guest blogpost by By Sascha Marschang, Policy Manager for Health Systems of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). It has already been one year since the European Union and the United States began negotiating the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” (TTIP) and international agreement sets out to simplify and enlarge trade between the world’s two biggest [...]

Angela Merkel believed in the EU Primary elections – and won!

Posted by Dan Luca on 28/08/14

Recently Jean-Claude Juncker was officially elected President of the European Commission. One year before the European Elections were scheduled, even the most fanatical federalist did not believe that the Primaries could really nominate the EU chief executive. It’s paradoxical, but even after the European elections of 25 May 2014, chances were over 50% for the [...]

BlogActiv’s public service announcement

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 01/08/14

To all of our bloggers, to all of our readers, The BlogActiv team is taking some time off in August. For the coming three weeks, we won’t be able to update our homepage, to provide you with newsletters and to answer to your queries. Our bloggers will continue to publish blogposts on their personal blogs, [...]

‘Good law’: When intellectual property meets Open Innovation

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 30/07/14

Guest blogpost by Martha Suda, who works at the Open Innovation team in the EU Commission’s DG CONNECT.   Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is an omnipresent topic. What is more, it does not get any easier when you want to start an Open-Innovation-based business. First allow me to briefly introduce myself: My name is Martha Suda. [...]

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