The Guest Blog

Guest post by Scott Wagers, Owner of BioSci Consulting and a former Assistant Professor at University of Vermont College of Medicine As an American living in Belgium I have noticed many differences between the American and European approach to work. Americans are very goal oriented, we’ll work through the night to meet a deadline or… » read more

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Guest post by: Corina Cretu, Vice-Chair of Committee on Development of European Parliament I have regretfully noticed that the European diplomacy is unable to play the role of mediator; it cannot even be an arbitrator in a region of immediate proximity, whose chronic instability affects us directly. Unfortunately, there has been no progress on EU… » read more

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Guest post by Julia Muravska – Transparency International’s Defence and Security Programme With the transposition of the Defence Procurement Directive into national law comes an ideal opportunity for EU member states to ensure that offsets are finally made transparent and accountable to the EU public. Those following developments of EU defence procurement will be familiar… » 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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Guest post from Dr. Gilbert Fayl, Prof. Rudolf Rezsóházy & Prof. Jenö Bangó (in their private capacities) Following the apprehensive comments in the press about Hungary when it took over the EU council presidency, one should now take stock. At the beginning of 2011, it seemed like one of the most important tasks of the… » read more

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Guest post from CIDSE, the international alliance of Catholic development agencies Until recently a tax on financial transactions appeared a far away dream. The rapidly increasing public and political support for the tax shows, however, that the global campaign in favour of financial sector taxation has come a long way. Most recently, statements by European… » read more

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Guest post by FoE Europe. Next week, the Environment Council and Parliament have the opportunity to show Europe is serious about climate change when they adopt guidelines on cutting emissions. Evidence that an EU wide 30% domestic target for 2020, and even a 40% target, will trigger economic, social and environmental benefits is increasing rapidly.… » read more

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Guest post by CAN-Europe, EEB, FoE Europe, Greenpeace, WWF Dear Minister, The forthcoming Energy Council will consider the recently presented Energy Efficiency Plan2011. As the Plan itself makes clear, we are currently set to miss the EU’s 20% energysavings target by half – thereby missing out on substantial gains in terms of ‘enhancedcompetitiveness’, ‘security of… » read more

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By Esther Bollendorff – Campaigner, Climate Justice & Energy Programme, Friends of Earth Europe. Two weeks ago the European Parliament’s Industry committee (ITRE) voted in favour of at least 25% domestic emission reductions for Europe by 2020. This comes as a welcome refreshment from a traditionally conservative committee, in times where the climate discussion is… » read more

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Guest post by Senka Neuman Stanivukovic, a fellow of the international relations department of Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) in the Netherlands. What is happening with Croatia? While considerable steps are being taken towards EU accession, one also traces growing euro-skepticism among a wide and diverse range of Croatian citizens. Indeed,… » read more

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