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EU health research: the vision of the European virtual institutes of health NEW
Blogactiv 1 Day, 15 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
In 2001, concerns about the competitiveness of Europe’s pharmaceutical industry led the European Commission to form a small, high-level group to investigate. The group, known as G10, chaired by two EU Commissioners and composed of major industr...
Ukraine, War Fever, Sanity and a Daisy NEW
Blogactiv 1 Day, 16 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Guest blogpost by Michael T Bucci, writer and former public relations executive. The Ukraine imbroglio has left this writer and others swimming against two mutually opposing perpetual tides preempting objectivity. Firstly, war fever has been induced...
The Economist: Stonehenge offers lessons for Eurosceptics NEW
Blogactiv 2 Days, 5 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
“Excavations of a neolithic village close to Stonehenge have provided new explanations of its origins. It was not made by aliens or foreigners. It was built by Britons at a time of remarkable cultural interconnectedness. Shards of 4,500-year-ol...
The EU and Contemporary Democracy: Part II NEW
Blogactiv 2 Days, 8 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
The European Parliament, the only institution where EU citizens directly elect their representatives, had its role revolutionized in the past decades. Aside from being one of the most transparent and powerful parliaments in the world, its strong legi...
Die europäischen Ostermärsche NEW
Blogactiv 2 Days, 12 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
In den Achtziger Jahren waren bis zu eine Million Leute auf den Beinen, inzwischen sind es maximal ein paar Tausend. Aber der Sprecher des Organisationskreises Ostermarsch Rhein-Ruhr sagt, die Positionen der Teilnehmer seien weiterhin von der Bev&oum...
Vivimos nuevos tiempos de “Realpolitik” NEW
Blogactiv 3 Days, 36 Minutes ago
Si la política consiste en el arte de lo posible, parece evidente que en el arranque de este año 2014, ha derivado el axioma hacia el posibilismo más descarnado, hacia su peor forma de pragmatismo. La “Realpolitik”, e...
European elections and social networks NEW
Blogactiv 3 Days, 6 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
“The electoral campaign for the 2008 U.S. elections and the election of Barack Obama have enshrined the role of social networks,” stated in post-electoral EB71.3 Enquête européennes Elections 2009 (p. 20).   Six years la...
Stientje van Veldhoven: EU should free up public transport data for development of EU-wide travel planning app NEW
Blogactiv 3 Days, 8 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Dutch MP Stientje van Veldhoven has urged the European Commission to make the data of Europe’s railway companies freely available (“open data”) so that app developers can start creating a Europe-wide travel planning app. “A Eu...
Abbas: Willing to extend talks, but first three months must focus on borders NEW
Blogactiv 3 Days, 12 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told several MKs on Wednesday that he is willing to extend the negotiations with Israel for another nine months, but would want the first three months to focus on drawing the borders of the Palestinian st...
Furthering Hollywood’s latest identification of evil: Humans NEW
Blogactiv 3 Days, 12 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
The Risk-Monger took his children to see Noah during the Easter break. Rather than celebrating a Biblical story, he found himself trying to explain why environmentalists were portrayed as good and those embracing technology and human endeavour suffer...
The EU and Contemporary Democracy NEW
Blogactiv 1 Week, 4 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
The notion of democracy derives from ancient history; it originates from the Greek words dêmos and kratos, which means ‘rule of the people’. Its modern definition lies in the eye of the beholder since nations have various interpreta...
UK Government agency lacks resources to do its basic job NEW
Blogactiv 1 Week, 10 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Staffing crises and soaring workloads at a UK Government Agency have forced it to throw up its hands in bureaucratic despair, a bizarre email acknowledgment suggests. If you have recently written to the UK Food Standards Agency Novel Foods Team, here...
Pro-Russia Donetsk Republic orders all Jews “to register” NEW
Blogactiv 1 Week, 10 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
I am based in Brussels and cannot confirm the authenticity of this document, but I guess it deserves attention. A website of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk has published a photograph of a leaflet propagated by the authorities of the self-proclaimed pr...
So why is manufacturing so important in Europe? NEW
Blogactiv 1 Week, 10 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
  Maybe the answers to this question and indeed all those posed below can be found at http://manufacturingatheart.eu One market for all? The European Union is built on the idea of a single European market, allowing free movement of goods, servic...
NGOs should be further involved on the implementation of the Youth Guarantee NEW
Blogactiv 1 Week, 11 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Last week, AEGEE attended the conference “Youth Guarantee: Making It Happen” organised by the European Commission in Brussels. Both Miguel Gallardo (member of the board of AEGEE-Europe) and Mathieu Savary (from the Youth (un)Employment pr...
Zeigefinger nach Brüssel NEW
Blogactiv 1 Week, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Der Spitzenkandidat der Sozialdemokraten bei der Europawahl, Martin Schulz, brachte es am Politischen Aschermittwoch auf den Punkt: “Scheint die Sonne nicht – Brüssel. Schweißfüße – Brüssel.” Man mus...
Are all EU citizens equal? NEW
Blogactiv 1 Week, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Passes for lobbyists are an Orwellian development and should be withdrawn. For many years the European Commission has operated a voluntary register in which political consultants, political lobbyists, campaign groups and public affairs advisors are a...
Never again. NEW
Blogactiv 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
As I am writing this I am listening to the speeches in the EP plenary in Strasbourg, on the WW I and lessons of the past as we look to the future. I’ve been pondering on writing on this subject for the past few months, as the subject is so vast...
Post-2015 agenda: "UN" discusses the place of women in development NEW
Blogactiv 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
What is the place of women in development? What are the challenges and achievements of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls? How should the promotion of gender equality be included in the post-2015 agenda? These...
United States supported – Europe abstained? NEW
Blogactiv 1 Week, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
  On April 1, United States Congress voted for allocation of financial aid to Ukraine. The bill that also includes sanctions against Russiawas supported by 378 deputies of the House of Representatives. Earlier this document was approved by the C...