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Europe: the story of why

Guest blogpost by Ewoud Lauwerier, researchers at the University of Lausanne writing a PhD on the democratic legitimacy of the EU. In order for the EU to escape the spiral of negativity that surrounds it and to become again a cause worth believing in, it should refocus its story on why it is, rather than… » read more

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By Katie Davey Dalsgaard, Brussels Liaison Officer, VSO. In New York on Monday last week President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf from Liberia addressed a high profile gathering of women about the prospects of achieving gender equality saying, “We still have a long way to go……It is a time to recalibrate the global agenda.” For almost 60 years,… » read more

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Contribution de José Bové et Bart Staes, membres du Parlement européen pour les Verts. Mr Giovanni Kessler directeur de l’OLAF a finalement témoigné ce mardi à Malte devant la court de justice dans l’affaire Dalligate, notamment le procès contre Silvio Zammit. C’est remarquable que mr Kessler était accompagné par – appart des avocats – aussi… » read more

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Reinder Rustema, creator of the Dutch public policy petitions website petities.nl, advocates a novel way to eliminate intrusive personal data requirements from ECI supporters. Guest blogpost by Reinder Rustema, founder and manager of the national Dutch petitioning website petities.nl. Frans Timmermans is in the position to make the European Citizens’ Initiative work, finally. After years… » read more

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Recently, I took the initiative to organise a roundtable debate with the EurActiv Institute entitled: “Which European primary election system for citizens to connect better with the EU?” In 2014 the European Union introduced the Spitzenkandidaten system with primary elections for the first time at the European level. Each party put forward one candidate who… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Carlos A. Primo Braga, Professor of International Political Economy at IMD, and Director of The Evian Group at IMD. The future of the Greek economy and its place in the Eurozone are back in the headlines. The new government in Athens has adopted a confrontational strategy, building upon the anti-austerity stance that… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Daniele Brunetto. After the extension of EU sanctions against Russia and the Minsk-2 deal, one might seriously ask how effective economic coercion is compared to other factors: the answer is “it depends”, and the EU should seriously evaluate all the influencing factors before imposing sanctions – scaling back when needed. On 29… » read more

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