The Guest Blog

The left of European politics needs to acknowledge the dual character of the EU. On one hand it is peaceful force for international co-operation and human rights, yet on the other it is business-centric bureaucracy that forces austerity on some of the poorest of people. The challenge for the left it is to be able… » read more

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Does an environmental policy at the European level have a chance? Most EU states want to keep it a national competency, although the economic crisis pushes them to do frequent cost-benefit analyses. In a time when every job counts, governments are not comfortable in taking measures that lead to layoffs in industries, regardless of pollution.… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

Guest post by Christal Morehouse, Senior Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Europe is pioneering a new era of human history. It will become the first continent to decline demographically based on the free will of its citizens, and in times of peace and relative prosperity. As the baby boomer generation exits European labor markets… » read more

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Guest post by Mikuláš Dzurinda, president of the Centre for European Studies (CES) and former Prime Minister of Slovakia. The topic of young people and politics has recently been outside of the comfort zone of many politicians. There is sometimes an – to my opinion erroneous – gloomy perception of young people being absent from… » read more

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Guest Blog post by Emma Hughes, External Energy Policy Officer, Platform and Elena Gerebizza, Energy and Climate Campaigner, Counter Balance When it comes to securing energy supply, human rights principles are easily set aside it seems as EU leaders will be attending the signing ceremony of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Azerbaijan tomorrow. Citizens of… » read more

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Guest blog post, sent in by Stive Griffing. At the present time Ukraine is in the world limelight. The specific character of the present situation is that the country happened to be at a crossroads of external economic and political vectors. Decision making concerning the line of further development by the country occupying exceeding territory… » read more

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Guest post by Marcel Kuntz, director of research at CNRS in Grenoble, France; Agnès E. Ricroch, lecturer at AgroParisTech in Paris; and John Davison, retired director of research at INRA Versailles. EU governments are ignoring on their own scientific risk evaluation committees and creating false pseudo-scientific documents for political gain, argue Marcel Kuntz, Agnès E.… » read more

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There are European elections in half a year and we should be debating about this election – to understand them better and to vote with full knowledge of the facts. In recent talks with students in the country on this topic, I found that there is no practical knowledge about the process of these important… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

Guest post by Leen Verkade, member of the social-liberal party in The Netherlands, D66. The issue that the Eurozone rules (Fiscal Compact) should be changed was once again brought up last week by Eurozone chief Dijsselbloem. But the proposed change still is along the same line that has been followed for years, and still does… » read more

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