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Right 2 Water Now! NEW
Progressive Change 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The successful registration of the EU-wide ‘Right2Water’ bid to the European Commission constitutes a major success for the European ‘demos’. Its main aim is to guarantee water supply/sanitation for the European citizens. The...
What happened to the EU2020 strategy? NEW
Progressive Change 4 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
The EU 2020 was agreed by the Heads of EU States in 2010. The strategy focuses on creating growth through knowledge/IT, eliminating poverty, promoting education, empowering people in inclusive societies as well as creating a more competitive, and gre...
Neo-Nazi violence in Greece: what is next? NEW
Progressive Change 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
The global media were overwhelmed by the arrests of various MPs of Golden Dawn, the main extreme right party represented in the Greek Parliament. After the murder of Greek citizen Pavlos Fyssas by the neonazis, the Government decided to tackle extrem...
European Green Capital 2013: Nantes offers inspiration NEW
Progressive Change 1 Year, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
The French city of Nantes celebrates its European Green Capital title this year. It fully deserves the title as it is a positive example of re-invention. Nantes is a positive example of a city that does not neglect the challenges of the future. It is...
What is next for Mali? NEW
Progressive Change 1 Year, 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
France and to a lesser extent other EU members suddenly remembered that there is a poor country down below which was gradually overtaken by Islamist rebels and decided to take action in order to restore stability in it. In particular, France deployed...
The EU: a threat to democracy? NEW
Progressive Change 1 Year, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
In the 1980s, the prospect of EU access for Greece, Spain and Portugal helped to pave the way to democracy. Today, EU economic policies contribute to the dismantling of these democracies. All the three countries mentioned above are experimenting a lo...
On Cameron’s ‘No more Greeks’ policy NEW
Progressive Change 1 Year, 9 Months, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
According to The Guardian Website, the UK Prime Minister told MPs that UK ministers have examined legal powers that would allow Britain to deprive Greek citizens of their right to free movement across the EU, if the eurozone crisis leads to “st...
French Presidential elections: un vote pour Hollande, une gifle pour Merkel! NEW
Progressive Change 1 Year, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
The increase in the vote of the extreme right, the fall of the Dutch government, the bonds speculation against Spain, the problems of adjustment of the Monti government, the continuous disintegration of the Portuguese, Spanish and Greek societies ...
Let the Burmese flowers bloom! NEW
Progressive Change 2 Years, 1 Week, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 30 Minutes ago
On April 1st by-elections were held in Burma that brought victory to the main regime opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, won 42 out of the 45 contested seats in an electoral event that was seen as...
The European Union How does it work? NEW
Progressive Change 2 Years, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
The European Union, How does it work?, 3rd Edition, Authors: Elizabeth Bomberg, John Peterson and Richard Corbett, Oxford University Press. It is always a challenge to explain the inner workings of the European Union to students. To the uninitiated,...
Greece: time for a new beginning NEW
Progressive Change 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Greece: time for a new beginning Being in Greece and seeing the impact of the social crisis is not a pleasant experience. Cuts have affected a high number of the population in a dramatic way. Unemployment is the highest ever recorded while a growing...
What Europe needs to do in its neighbourhood: recommendations for a more effective European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) NEW
Progressive Change 2 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
In order, to tackle relations with its neighbourhood the EU set up the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), operational now for the last six years. Although the policy is quite a young one it requires rethinking. Recent developments in the Southern M...
Integrating EU and Turkish Municipalities: Europeanising from below? NEW
Progressive Change 3 Years, 2 Months, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
I had the opportunity to attend the introductory meeting for the Twin Cities Project between Turkish and EU Municipalities that took place in Ankara on 31st January till 4 February. The meeting was supported by a number of high profile institutions,...
The political bankruptcy of Europe NEW
Progressive Change 3 Years, 4 Months, 14 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Too many commentators focus on covering the current European financial problems. Although the deadlocked financial situation of the EU cannot be disregarded one should also pay attention to the political/ideological vacuum of the European Union. The...
Go the European way, Ed! NEW
Progressive Change 3 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Now that the Labour Party leadership contest is over, it will be interesting to observe the process of regeneration that the party goes through. I would like to see many things change in the Labour Party and I do hope that Ed Miliband will bring lots...
Does Europe need a Security and Defence Strategy? NEW
Progressive Change 3 Years, 7 Months, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
I read a Speech by Professor Jolyon Howorth called ‘Strategy and the importance of defence cooperation among EU Member States’. The speech was given on 13th of July at a seminar on Permanent Structured Cooperation which was organised by t...
Why everyone deserves a Mykonos holiday NEW
Progressive Change 3 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 6 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
It has been a tough year for all of us. We have been bombarded with salary cuts, seen our friends dismissed from work and felt the consequences of the financial crisis in all aspects of our daily lives. Nothing has been more frightening than the dail...
Is Angela Merkel a new Margaret Thatcher? NEW
Progressive Change 3 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
As an academic I always have to invent new ways to stimulate the minds of students. As personalities always matter in politics, I thought that it would be interesting to mention to students the idea of different leadership styles. As the discussion e...
Common Security and Defence Policy: No common strategic culture, no major progress NEW
Progressive Change 3 Years, 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 19 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
I have recently published a paper on the development of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) for the Centre for European Policy Studies. The paper analyses some of the major provisions of the Lisbon Treaty that impact upon the CSDP. It argue...
Islands demand an ‘insular’ dimension in EU policies NEW
Progressive Change 3 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
The government of the Balearic islands has recently presented a Declaration called ‘Proposals for improving the way island territories are dealt with by European Regional Policy’. The document came in the form of a Final Declaration after...