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Update on the list of contributors to The Lisboners NEW
The Lisboners 2 Years, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Chiara Tamburini cancelled her contribution to this blog on the 1st of February.
An Alliance for Europe NEW
The Lisboners 3 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 23 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Europe is heading for disintegration unless we start moving now and direct all our efforts towards a strong, democratic Europe that is able to act. For that purpose, we need to set aside our party political interests and join forces … Continue...
An inconvenient truth NEW
The Lisboners 3 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 8 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Like in any crisis, one of the first victims is always the truth. For those who would really like to know the correct data on “lazy” Southern European workers versus “hardworking” Northern European workers, here is an excelent explanation by...
Hump day NEW
The Lisboners 3 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 9 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Reallistically or unreallistically, everybody hopes for good results from the EU summit today. Nevertheless, it is good to keep in mind what could be the worst case scenario:...
Immigration and economic recovery NEW
The Lisboners 3 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 16 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
One of the notable things about the debate in the countries that are most crisis-afflicted – and here I speak mainly from my experience in Portugal – is that immigration-bashing has disappeared from the public discourse. It may return, of …...
World of Crisis NEW
The Lisboners 3 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 19 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Since I’m working in the European Parliament, the economic crises have always been around. First, there was the Lehman crisis, now there is the debt crisis (or is it rather a credibility crisis? or an imbalance crisis?) I’m no expert R...
Oettinger update: entering into “broken pot” territory NEW
The Lisboners 3 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
In an old Jewish story, famously recounted by Freud, two neighbours stand before the village rabbi because of a broken pot. The first man accuses the second of having borrowed the clay pot and returned it broken. The second man … Continue readi...
Recant or resign: on Oettinger’s presposterous proposal NEW
The Lisboners 3 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 28 Minutes ago
The European Parliament is going back to Strasbourg, discussing the Eurozone as of next Monday, and The Lisboners are also back at blogging. [For newcomers, a reminder: this is a cross-party, pan-european, parliamentarian blog. Authors are solely res...
The great transformation NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
In a month we may come under pressure to quit the euro. By then turbulence will overcome Spain and Italy. (And what about Belgium? What will happen to a state with a debt equivalent to one hundred percent of GDP, … Continue reading →...
The Pushmi-pullyu NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
The Pushmi-pullyu is a two-headed creature. Each half tries to move in the opposite direction and the other set goes nowhere. It can live well for years if it’s grazing in a green meadow. But imagine that times have changed … Continue rea...
Finance Watch NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 1 Month, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 42 Minutes ago
      A new independent financial watchdog came into being today, with the founding general assembly of Finance Watch in Brussels. The initiative aims to create an independent counter-power in the field of financial regulation, and wil...
EU: passenger data analysis in the air NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 1 Month, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
(Article originally published in the German academic journal Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik. German and French PDF versions at the bottom of this post.) The European Parliament is seething. The cause is the plan by EU Commissioner...
World Refugee Day 2011 NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Every year on the 20th of June, some people remember it’s World Refugee Day. Unfortunately, not a lot of people remember this day, even though millions of people live a life of refugees, fleeing from war or persecution. And yes, … Continu...
European soul NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
We could not but pay tribute to Jorge Semprún, who died on June 7. At a conference in Brussels last year, this outstanding participant in and witness of 20th-century Europe said, about Europe: “It is easy to say that we … Continue readin...
Free Trade Agreement EU-India: our business, too! NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 59 Minutes ago
The European Union is currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with India. Although the Commission claims it is talking with India on an equal footing, this has to be questioned. India’s economy is only 6% of what the EU’s economic &#...
Schengen at the heart NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
In the daily life of EU citizens and inhabitants, there are two things that probably are the most representative of the European Union: the Euro as means of payment, and the Schengen treaty, providing freedom to travel across an EU … Continue r...
The remains of Deauville NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 12 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
We have become used to choosing between bad and awful. It was not always so. In October last year Merkel and Sarkozy met in the French resort of Deauville – and buried the idea that could have halted the debt … Continue reading →...
The last 400 years and the next four NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 13 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Four hundred years ago Portugal was going through its first experience of European political integration. Today we call it the “age of the Philips” and it makes us think of Spain, but only by ignorance. The Philips belonged to a … C...
It could get worse after all NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 15 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
As I was done editing my last post news came that the floor boards in another of our common rooms in the EU house — Schengen — were also drifting apart. Denmark seems to be deciding on reintroducing border controls. … Continue reading ͛...
Content and context NEW
The Lisboners 4 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 16 Hours ago
Every bailout package is about content and context. However people get so focused on content that they forget about context. This is particularly in the target country: being portuguese I have witnessed firsthand the discussion about whether the agre...