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European Soccer Team

Europe so far is an ingenious product of many brains. What misses is heartfelt, widespread enthusiasm. What could change that? A European Soccer Team. We have seen the impact the World Cup has had on the German people two years ago. Waving a German flag and learning to sing the national anthem, one also had… » read more

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How are we supposed to speak with one voice if we don’t share an eye? Or necessarily not even the same information. The public debate is shaped by the media. So European media would contribute largely to the formation of a European viewpoint. A European newspaper or European TV station would speak out for European… » read more

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The realization of the decision of common Europe declared in The Hague 60 years ago – as it can be seen by experiences of the past 60 years – is a historic deed spanning over epochs having several components. One of the outstanding elements of it is forming the awareness of the society, realizing the… » read more

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It’s often claimed the EU is democratic because MEPs are elected and Council members are national representatives. However, insiders know that there are numerous other participants in the law-making process, and some are not as visible as others. There are lobbyists, who sometimes conceal the fact that they’re working on behalf of interest groups and… » read more

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It is a shame that the Lisbon Reform Treaty looks like it is going to be ratified by all 27 countries with only one country putting it to a referendum (Ireland). Similarly it was the case with the EU constitution where only a handful of states had, or were planning, a referendum on the issue.… » read more

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The European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy is still ineffectual; the ESDP is no better. Meanwhile, Russia’s sense of insecurity over NATO expansion to its borders is matched only by its aggressive use of energy as a tool of policy. So why not kill two birds with one stone? Forgive the metaphor… Granted, the… » read more

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Though EU has a Cohesion Policy, among the horizontal policies like Sustainable Development and Equal Opportunities, that are compulsory for the project financed from its structural instruments, there isn’t mentioned Community Development. Or, what kind of cohesion can these instruments create if people will continue to migrate in waves from a region to other in… » read more

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Au-delà d’une Europe économique, il est possible de la combiner avec une Europe environnementale. Plus de fuel pour les véhicules, encouragement du vélo, l’énergie atomique à la poubelle, moins d’illusion via la pub et le marketing, des émissions télévisées orientées sur des choses naturelles et simples, des constructions environnementales (même pour les bâtiments des intitutions),… » read more

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