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Guest post from Ana Colovic, Macedonian National Coordinator, Bankwatch.org Regardless of the EU’s ups and downs, most people in Eastern Europe are still likely to believe that membership can help improve their lives. For pre-accession countries (Western Balkans, Turkey, Iceland), financial assistance from the EU in the form of IPA (the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance)… » read more

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By Esther Bollendorff – Campaigner, Climate Justice & Energy Programme, Friends of Earth Europe. Two weeks ago the European Parliament’s Industry committee (ITRE) voted in favour of at least 25% domestic emission reductions for Europe by 2020. This comes as a welcome refreshment from a traditionally conservative committee, in times where the climate discussion is… » read more

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Guest post by Senka Neuman Stanivukovic, a fellow of the international relations department of Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) in the Netherlands. What is happening with Croatia? While considerable steps are being taken towards EU accession, one also traces growing euro-skepticism among a wide and diverse range of Croatian citizens. Indeed,… » read more

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By Agnes Bertrand-Sanz, Middle East policy officer for APRODEV Many Europeans who opposed the US invasion of Iraq saw the imposition of democracy through war as wrong. Nevertheless, while these Europeans saw homegrown democracy as something to be hoped for, only a few Marxists and libertarians dared dream of a popular uprising. Still, for those… » read more

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By Manana Kochladze, Regional Coordinator for the Caucasus at CEE Bankwatch Network. The functioning of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) vis-à-vis the Southern partners has received considerable international scrutiny over the past weeks, with revolutions in North Africa in the spotlight. Some of the criticism aimed at ENP effectiveness in the South seems to imply… » read more

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Originally posted on Dan Luca’s Casa Europei blog In December 2010, at the PES Council, it was decided that the European socialists and social-democrats will select the candidate for the European Commission Presidency through a democratic and transparent process. Therefore the PES Council will set up a Working Group “Candidate 2014“ to discuss and propose… » read more

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Política para ‘amateurs’

This post was submitted by Rafael. Cómo se lo pasan. La política francesa es un gran guiñol. Bueno, es que la palabra guiñol es francesa. El teatrillo de ‘guignol’ nació por aquí, en Lyon, pero esa es otra historia. Ahora Villepin, el guaperas que dijo ‘No a la Guerra’ de Irak ante la ONU como… » read more

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Chris Patten has signalled his interest in the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy position, something I’m going to give my support to. If you want to look at important conflicts that Britain has been involved with since the EU’s foundation – Falklands, Kosovo, Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. the EU has… » read more

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The following article has been sent to Blogactiv by Stéphane Desselas, Managing Director of Athenora Consulting The work of a lobbyist in Brussels today seems to be well marked out: working upstream with the Commission, submitting amendments to the Parliament, making contacts with the Permanent Representations and national administrations in the Council. For several years… » read more

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