The arguments for investing more public funds into the upbringing of very young children are overwhelming. Intervening during the early years, in particular in the case when children come from a disadvantaged background, can prevent a lot of social misery later on in a child’s life. Then problems can only…

Single mothers in Brussels

Friday, 12 June 2015 12:49 Written by
The high amount of single mothers living in poverty is one of the main problems Brussels is currently facing. It is time for policy makers, civil society and inhabitants of Brussels to take action and no longer accept the miserable situation in which these women are living.
This month British, American and many Commonwealth countries celebrate the Magna Carta of 15 June 1215.

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…