A make or break decade for Europe?

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 18:16 Written by
Officials in Brussels have long looked forward to the United States’ decline. In a multipolar world with several great powers instead of a single superpower, Europe would escape from America’s shadow, they fantasised, and become a bigger global player again.

Roaring Verhofstadt vs smiling Tsipras

Thursday, 09 July 2015 14:07 Written by
The Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, spoke to the European Parliament yesterday on the situation in his country. The Head of the liberal group in the  European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt  apparently slept well last night as he rallied energetically against Tsipras. The mainstream media enjoyed his 'roaring' performance and…

Greek drama: Is there a light in the tunnel?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:27 Written by
Monday the 22nd June was a day when Greece and its creditors oscillated between despair and hope. As the double deadline on 30 June of a debt payment and the extension of the bailout program is quickly approaching, time is running out for reaching a deal. The meetings on Monday…
The EU presently outstrips the USA in GDP and global trade. In May, Europe commemorates the end of WW2 in Europe. Europe was left in ruins, its industries destroyed, its populations decimated by killings and injuries, its economies torn by debts and inflation.
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is an innovative measure which entered into force three years ago. It was foreseen in the EU treaty and is described as an instrument of participatory democracy. The ECI allows European citizens to influence EU legislation and offers a link to political decision-making. Taken at…

International Roma Day: What if it was you?

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:32 Written by
The history of Roma people in Europe has been characterized by racism and discrimination and Roma exclusion remains an everyday reality of social life. This has contributed to a lack of trust in mainstream society and authorities amongst Roma. Furthermore, Roma rarely report when they are subjected to discrimination or…

It is good to know you often don’t know

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 12:35 Written by
Nie wiadomo. The great Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski (1927-2009) frequently used these words when asked to express his views on difficult issues: the meaning of life, the nature of human nature, the best ordering of politics and society, the meaning and long-term consequences of the scientific and technological progress of…
Do you feel poorer? You may not realise that people in Brussels have had a big pay cut over the past year. But step on to Eurostar at the Gare du Midi and once you arrive in London, you’ll feel the pinch. The British capital has never been cheap, but it…

#DailyRacism

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 19:14 Written by
One of the most difficult topics to discuss in a society is racism. A daily reality to some, relative to others.
There are few business sectors emerging as fast as the digital economy. Just a year ago almost no one had ever heard of the taxi company Uber or the hotel substitute service Air B'n'B but now almost everyone knows about these two online services.