The Guest Blog

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 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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