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By Dan Luca An intriguing recent post of the President of the European Commission on the State of the Union: Barroso stated that “Europe needs a new direction, it can not be based on old ideas – Europe needs new thinking. Let’s not be afraid of the words: we will need to move towards a… » read more

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By David Hill Within the EU and the wider world there is a great misconception that our future economic dynamism will come through our present systems. History shows that this will not be the case as presently we have not a fully inclusive and integrated system of creativity in place. In this respect the history… » read more

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By Dan Luca Recently the European Policy Centre organised an interesting event on reviewing the European External Action Service (EEAS). One of the panelists was David O’Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer of the EEAS, involved with the development of the EEAS from the start in 2011. He said: “these days prime ministers can text each other;… » read more

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From Ludhiana to Latina

By Palavi Aiyar, an award winning journalist and author. Palavi Aiyer is also Europe Correspondent for The Business Standard. Immigrant Sikh labour is changing the face of the countryside in Italy, but for many of them it has not been an easy journey. The low-lying hills that punctuate the countryside of Latina in central Italy… » read more

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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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