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Accountability and the EU

By Dan Luca and Nienke van Leeuwaarden ‘Accountability’ has several meanings, depending on the situation it is used in. In his article “Analysing and Assessing Public Accountability – A Conceptual Framework”, Mark Bovens claims that accountability for the European Commission for example is not only synonym for ‘clarity’, ‘transparency’, and maybe most importantly: ‘responsibility’, but… » read more

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By Ilektra Tsakalidou The “rise” and “fall” of the Far Right in Europe have been in the heart of debates among political analysts since the late 1980s. In Greece, the debate only became relevant after the 7th of May elections and the last weeks of political campaigning preceding them. The issue still fascinates because for… » read more

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By Tony Venables Over one hundred thirty people gathered on Friday, 5 October in Vienna to assess issues surrounding the implementation of European Citizens Initiatives (ECI) which started on 1 of April 2012. The conference, organised by the Austrian institute for European Law and Politics, is part of the ECAS-led project ‘ECI link’ and is… » read more

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Re energising Europe

By the WWF EU Tomorrow morning, WWF’s new online debate forum poses the following question: “European Commission energy roadmap 2050: Will it lead to a resilient and sustainable energy system?” Some of the leading lights of EU energy policymaking will kick off the debate, but really this is a question everyone must help to answer.… » read more

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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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