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Tiny Georgia has become the front line in West-Russia tensions for the past month. It began at the NATO Bucharest Summit in early April, when NATO members rebuked immediate progress toward full NATO membership for Georgia, due largely to protests from Russia – while nonetheless promising future membership. In the month since Bucharest, Russia-Georgia relations… » read more

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It is still four months before the start of the Olympic games in Beijing, but the Games are already threatened by controversy as protests grow over human rights abuse in Tibet. Having backpacked throughout China for almost three months last summer, I am surprised by the number of people in Europe, who have clear pro-independence… » read more

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The heat is on in the debate on Europe. Across different member states, the intensity and type of manifestations varies substantially. In the UK, MEPs even decided to dress up as chickens. This to protest against the European Parliament ‘disallowing a popular vote’ on the Lisbon Treaty. But could the chickens not be ostriches in… » read more

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According to an article on EurActiv, the Commission’s translation chief, Juhani Lönnroth, considers the multilingual nature of the EU institutions “too politically sensitive” an issue to be dramatically reformed. The equal treatment of all European languages without any exception is indeed the backbone for a peaceful European society. Each and every attempt to exclude a… » read more

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In a recent article entitled ‘Journalists sound alarm over press freedom in Europe‘, EurActiv.com wrote that in Slovakia there are marked tensions between journalists and government. That’s true – most notably the tension between Prime Minister Robert Fico and private media. The current Slovak government is everything but press-friendly. The past case of journalist Martin… » read more

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The EU is determined to ensure that globalisation is a source of opportunity rather than a threat, a declaration to be signed at the end of the week by heads of state and government states. Read the document here (500 kB pdf): eu-declaration-on-globalisation.pdf The two-page document explaining what the Lisbon Reform Treaty – and at… » read more

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The Plan D final conference was for me an interesting experience, as I could witness an enthusiastic debate by ordinary citizens who had debated European issues already before they came to Brussels. Thus they were already a little bit better informed as the average citizen. It was interesting to see that these citizens not only… » read more

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Following the Road to Copenhagen, another thematic web2.0 site on EU policy has just been launched: “SecurityCommunity.eu allows interested parties to share their views on EU security and defence issues. We hope to encourage an in-depth exchange between science, business and politics. … We hope to encourage an in-depth exchange between science, business and politics.… » read more

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