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Guest blog post by Fernando Morales-de la Cruz, Founder, Café for Change. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in December 1948, almost 70 years ago. The Convention of the Rights of the Child was ratified by all EU member states almost 30 years ago. The European Parliament passed a resolution in 2012 on… » read more

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Guest blog post by 15 European Citizens’ Initiative organisers and 50 civil society organisations. On 20 June, the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) of the European Parliament will cast a vote of crucial importance for the future of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI).* With this open letter, civil society organisations and former ECI organisers call upon… » read more

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Guest blog post by James Organ, Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and researcher of the legal framework for citizen participation through instruments of direct democracy, particularly the European Citizens Initiative and UK referenda. This weekend a group of citizens will meet in Berlin, Rome and Budapest to discuss how they can make Europe a… » read more

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  Guest blog post by Stefano Quintarelli, Member of Parliament, Italy. Two weeks after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it’s time to draw some conclusions and try to advance the debate with some structural proposals. Facts are clear: large-scale usage of a massive amount of user’s profiles collected from unaware and non-participating users, utilized to systematically… » read more

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  Guest post by Mark Cummins. Mark Cummins is Professor of Finance at the Dublin City University Business School and Head of the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship Academic Group. He holds a PhD in Quantitative Finance. He will speak further on this topic at a special event on “Brexit and Financial Services” on 12 April… » read more

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    Guest post by MEP Benedek Jávor. Cohesion policy is an important tool of solidarity within the European Union. Since the 2004 accession wave this European flow of sources contributed on an altering level to the convergence, and at the same time in the majority of the so-called new Member States, it represented a… » read more

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Shared responsibility

Guest post by Joakim Palme, Chair, Delmi and Professor of political science at Uppsala University and Kristof Tamas, Director and Head of Secretariat, Delmi. The 2015 refugee crisis led to a series of changes in European Union migration policy, including the reintroduction of border controls and an arrangement with Turkey. Although the influx of asylum… » read more

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Guest post by Tomas Zdechovsky. Zdechovsky is EPP Vice-Coordinator in the Budget Control Committee. “One of the reasons Communism was not successful economically was the planned economy. Bureaucrats in the capital decided at their desk how much wheat to grow in which season and with which fertiliser, to give just one example. They knew little… » read more

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  Guest post by Sarah Grand-Clement is an analyst at RAND Europe in the defence and security team. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit speech at Mansion House in early March focused largely on the important border questions with the Republic of Ireland, and wider financial and legal agreements. While it did provide a perfunctory nod… » read more

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  Guest blog post by Josef Lentsch. Lentsch is Director of NEOS Lab, the party academy of the liberal party NEOS in Austria, and author of the book “Political Entrepreneurship”, to be published in Autumn 2018. The Italian election provided a warning shot for everyone who thinks the populist wave is over. Far from the… » read more

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