60 Ideas for Europe

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The growth of the European economy needs support by the Union’s budget. Hence, exploiting the strength of the euro, allowance should be made for the possibility of tapping capital and stock markets with Community loans to finance specific projects of European scale and value added, that add to capital stock and have measurable positive returns,… » read more

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Le Réseau Éducatif Euro-Arabe Zénith est un dispositif européen pilote et une œuvre pédagogique et stratégique. Par une éducation plurielle et durable, il devra exploiter les opportunités offertes ou à explorer pour répondre aux enjeux actuels et à venir. En conformité avec les orientations et l’éthique éducatives en Europe, le réseau Zénith vise à enrichir… » read more

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Our social welfare cannot be defended nationally, but involving ourselves in the construction of fairer commercial relations for every country, as well as creating institutions aiming to govern globalization. Europe cannot be just an economic lobby. It must become a influencing group in favour of democracy and human rights. It will only remain faithful to… » read more

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UK rebate

The so-called UK rebate is an anomaly, as the UK government itself has recognized. It is true that the Financial Perspectives reduced it to 4,000 million €. It is also true that the justification for the UK rebate is based in the continuing excessive cost of the CAP (now reduced to 43% of the EU… » read more

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0.7% now!

If the EU considers itself, according to the Rawlsian definition, a “decent” supranational organization, its budget for overseas development cannot stay at the current miserly percentage of EU GDP. The objective of 0.7% of GDP is perfectly possible, as the Scandinavian countries have demonstrated. This must be one of the star proposals of the EMI… » read more

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The European project has proven to be economically beneficial for its member states. With EU countries in a stable situation, the burden of responsibility towards developing countries is heightened. As rice prices soar in countries where it provides primary sustenance now is the time for the EU to move more quickly on reforming policies such… » read more

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In a world where China, India, Brazil and other countries are developing at break-neck speed, Europe must value and safeguard its cultural heritage treasures as a most valuable asset. No longer only lands were manufactured goods can be made at lower cost, these countries are increasingly becoming centres of excellence in design, culture, innovation and… » read more

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Do we need a European cultural institute (similar to the German Goethe-Institut?) We believe: we do not need it. We should rather call for an “Institute for World Civilization” as proposed by Bazon Brock at our 2nd Berlin Conference “A Soul for Europe” 2006. The proposal is based on the idea that Europe’s greatest cultural… » read more

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The European Community began as an economic community whose cause was, all the same, common values, the European cultural community and historical experiences; yet it also involved all the infringements of those common values. Outwardly, the EU is characterised as an economic and regulation community; it has lost the breath it had at the outset.… » read more

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