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Brits go home

Guest post by “Yuri Diabolos”, European Commission civil servant, Brussels The current debate on Brexit in England is raising strange arguments in Brussels, the consequences of which may not be considered in London. Reading the outcome of last month’s summit, I was frustrated that most commentary focused on how much a given Member State had… » read more

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Connecting a country of over 20 million people in the European Union is a complex process. No one can blame a particular person, a political party or even a public institution for this. Although paradoxical, the “macro procedure” of the national-European relationship is mostly a technical algorithm, requiring specific expertise in multiple sectors (legislation, social,… » read more

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Goodbye Mr Euro?

By Michel Anderlini ”We politicians, we know very well what to do [to resolve the crisis]. But what we do not know is how to be re-elected if we do try to resolve the crisis”, used to say the farseeing Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxemburg – a country besides which I grew up. As… » read more

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By Dagfinn Høybråten As economies grow in The South, countries hit by financial crisis in The North, including European countries, are rethinking their strategies for development cooperation. Rather than merely cutting back on their official development assistance (ODA) or retreating to programmes that merely serve their self-interest, donor countries should renew their thinking as well… » read more

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By an intern In times of high unemployment and economic crisis any opportunity to work is a precious one. An internship in Brussels is a great chance to develop practical skills and to gain work experience, and many of us interns here in Brussels greatly appreciate the efforts taken by all authorities involved in the… » read more

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A fistful of euros

By Alessandra Flora Alessandra FloraWhat is happening in Italy? We are selling our best family companies. It’s a very sad situation, getting more and more absurd. What about the eminent tradition we have built we our own hands? I could not believe the news: on 10 July the French giant LVMH (better known as Louis… » read more

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Guest post by Pavol Demes, a Bratislava-based foreign policy analyst and photographer. Following the political dispute over the 2-Euro coin design containing the halos and crosses at the apostles of Slavs – St Cyril and Methodius (see this earlier coverage on EurActiv), Slovakia’s commemorative coin was finally released on July 5, 2013. On this day… » read more

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China – the country that stands strong in the world – cannot be left out of any analysis regarding bilateral opportunities, both in terms of its relations with the European Union as a whole, as well as with the individual Member States. China invests in European infrastructure, the banking sector, etc., and in early May… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca