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Guest post from Dr. Gilbert Fayl, Prof. Rudolf Rezsóházy & Prof. Jenö Bangó (in their private capacities) Following the apprehensive comments in the press about Hungary when it took over the EU council presidency, one should now take stock. At the beginning of 2011, it seemed like one of the most important tasks of the… » read more

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Guest post from CIDSE, the international alliance of Catholic development agencies Until recently a tax on financial transactions appeared a far away dream. The rapidly increasing public and political support for the tax shows, however, that the global campaign in favour of financial sector taxation has come a long way. Most recently, statements by European… » read more

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Guest post by FoE Europe. Next week, the Environment Council and Parliament have the opportunity to show Europe is serious about climate change when they adopt guidelines on cutting emissions. Evidence that an EU wide 30% domestic target for 2020, and even a 40% target, will trigger economic, social and environmental benefits is increasing rapidly.… » read more

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Guest post by CAN-Europe, EEB, FoE Europe, Greenpeace, WWF Dear Minister, The forthcoming Energy Council will consider the recently presented Energy Efficiency Plan2011. As the Plan itself makes clear, we are currently set to miss the EU’s 20% energysavings target by half – thereby missing out on substantial gains in terms of ‘enhancedcompetitiveness’, ‘security of… » 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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By Brook Riley of Friends of the Earth Europe This Friday European heads of state are gathering in Brussels for a special energy summit. Security of energy imports are high on the agenda – and rightly so. The EU is one of the most energy dependent regions of the world, importing close to 60% of… » read more

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