The Guest Blog

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 David Heap It was a great honour to be invited to accompany the Swedish sailing ship Estelle for a few days, from Barcelona to Ajaccio (Corsica), on its way towards Gaza to challenge the illegal and inhuman blockade which has lasted now for more than five years. The Estelle in a 90 year-old three-masted… » 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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The website trendsmap.com, which monitors hashtag activity on Twitter in the world’s capitals, revealed today (12 September) that Brussels was the city most interested in European Commission President Barroso’s State of the European Union (SOTEU) address, with London and Paris in second and third… Don’t all shout “Well, duh” at once… Perhaps more intriguing was… » 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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By David Heap and Ehab Lotayef. One year after the Greek government bowed to pressure and enforced he outsourced Israeli blockade of Gaza, the international movement to challenge the blockade is still very much afloat: we may change our tactics, but not our objectives. Our new campaign to challenge the blockade from the inside out… » read more

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EU als Politische Union – Wer versagt: Politiker oder Bürger? Finanzkrise rauf, Zukunft der Europäischen Union runter, so geht das seit Wochen und Monaten. Wenn wir ehrlich sind, wird die Diskussion schon seit Anbeginn der europäischen Einigung apokalyptisch geführt. Denken wir nur an die Eurosklerose der 70er und 80er Jahre. Die derzeitige Krise in Europa… » read more

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The Next European Decade

By Dan Luca I recently read an interesting book, written by George Friedman, ‘The Next Decade’. Some parts of Friedman’s book touched upon Europe, and I would like to highlight some of his ideas: He states there are two dilemmas for Europe in the next ten years. The first one is linked with the relation… » read more

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By Fadi Elhusseini, Diplomat at the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Turkey, responsible for Political and media affairs Since 1990, both Arabs and Palestinians from one side, and Israel from the other side, decided to go through a peace process- presumably-aiming that it would bring about peace and stability to the region, and… » read more

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