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Guest post by Andrew Duff MEP, spokesman on constitutional affairs for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). The European Parliament is voting in committee this week on the legislation which installs the single supervisory mechanism for Europe’s banks. Tricky stuff – especially when certain governments in the Council appear to be backsliding… » read more

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By Stavros Papagianneas Greece is in a deep and protracted economic recession. Austerity measures are hitting researchers in the country hard in their pockets. The economy shrank 18.4% in the past four years and the IMF forecasts it will contract another 4% in 2013 as Athens struggles to reduce debt in exchange for billions of… » read more

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More than 80,000 people follow Herman Van Rompuy on Twitter. This has become an indispensable tool for Brussels correspondents, who check his feed regularly, less to better know the mind of the man fronting the Council of the European Union; more for official statements on the facts emerging from the Council. Everyone can throw their… » read more

Posted by Marc Hall

Guest post by: Simone d’Antonio, Board Member, European Youth Press 71% per cent of young Europeans did not vote in European elections. When the topic of next European Parliament elections is debated in Strasbourg, MEPs should take into account the figures of this particular aspect of the question, that risks to became an emergency of… » read more

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Last time the EU agreed on its seven-year budget was in December 2005, at a summit hosted at the time by the UK Presidency, under Tony Blair. Reading back into our archives, it is surprising how relevant the debates have remained today. Based on the 2005 experience, we could also risk making one prediction: The… » read more

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By Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Alexander Alvaro MEP and others. Sir, As EU leaders meet in Brussels on November 22-23 to negotiate the EU’s budget for 2014-20, MEPs will be in Strasbourg. If governments are serious about efficiency and cutting waste – notably within the EU’s own institutions – a single seat for the European Parliament… » read more

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By Jan Buysse The Liaison agency Flanders Europe (vleva) recently published its second, yearly cahier on “Industry and innovation in Europe”, with contributions from European Commissioner Antonio Tajani, the Flemish Minister president Kris Peeters, vleva president and CoR member Luc Van den Brande and a fine selection of Flemish captains of industry and civil society… » read more

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Accountability and the EU

By Dan Luca and Nienke van Leeuwaarden ‘Accountability’ has several meanings, depending on the situation it is used in. In his article “Analysing and Assessing Public Accountability – A Conceptual Framework”, Mark Bovens claims that accountability for the European Commission for example is not only synonym for ‘clarity’, ‘transparency’, and maybe most importantly: ‘responsibility’, but… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

According to Romanian experts involved in various activities in “Euro Brussels”, nearly six years after Romania joined the EU, Romania has evolved, but there are still many inefficiencies and abnormalities. With great pleasure, I recently had the opportunity to host on the “House of Europe” blog the thoughts of several Romanian friends in Brussels, who… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca