60 Ideas for Europe

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Student

I suggest a “Youth Parliment”of EU where the talented and young leaders belonging to every walk of life should be represented. It is obvious that they are the future leaders, movers and shakers of the EU, so their grooming should be started at early age. It will enable EU to reach the heights of development,… » read more

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National preferences

The role of national parliaments is linked with the role which are national preferences of each Member State. The only way to force a processed decision-making invoving national parliaments is to be truly pro-europe…

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Keep up the good work

My idea for Europe is simple. The EU should keep up the good work. If the pre-Lisbon time in EU affairs was almost solely about solving the EU’s institutional problems, then the post-Lisbon period should be about getting on with the business of running the integration process. This idea runs counter-intuitive to the history of… » 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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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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WHAT? The debate on democratic deficit seems to neglect the potential that the EU already has and that is the national parliaments of its Member States. They should be understood as part of a broader EU constitutional order and be better involved in EU affairs irrespective of the outcome of the Lisbon Treaty ratification process.… » read more

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The European Commission’s delegations in third countries must be able to function as consular offices to offer basic services to the citizens of the EU. This is especially important when the Member States do not have embassies in respective countries or no formal recognition is available (e.g., in Taiwan). Thank you.

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