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.
Europe finds itself very close to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and shows an increasing interest in contributing to a sustainable and just solution to the conflict. Last December the European Parliament voted with overwhelming majority for a resolution supporting in principle the recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state resolution.
What was the origin of World War One? A gunshot at Sarajevo? Don't you believe it! What started the Second World War then? Hardly another assassination attempt on a grand duke!
MEPs' expenses should be subject to more "rigorous and regular" checks in order to avoid potential abuse of the system.
Brussels life is periodically punctuated by strikes against budget cuts and jobs losses. But such protests pale in comparison to the political backlash against austerity that is gathering strength across much of the eurozone.