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Are the European Conservatives passing up a great political opportunity? NEW
The European Citizen 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 17 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
The Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists have announced that they will not be putting forward a candidate for the Commission presidency in the 2014 elections. As an anti-federalist party, the main reason being given is that participating...
The Campaign will be Televised NEW
The European Citizen 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
The European elections will have televised debates between the Europarties for the first time. The European Broadcasting Union, which works on the Eurovision Song Contest, will be organising debates between the candidates for the presidency of the Co...
Scottish Independence and the EU NEW
The European Citizen 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
The debate on Scottish independence is heating up: within the last few weeks we’ve gone from emotional appeals to keep Scotland in the UK to declarations that if Scotland leaves the UK it will lose the pound and EU membership. Commission Presid...
Swiss vote puts EU to the test on Free Movement NEW
The European Citizen 10 Months, 1 Week, 7 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
The Swiss referendum on immigration restrictions for EEA nationals - effectively a vote on ending the free movement of people in the single market for Switzerland - was passed by a very narrow majority of 50.3%, but it has big consequences. The bilat...
First Thoughts on the First World War NEW
The European Citizen 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
This decade is going to see a lot of centenaries – the beginning and end of the First World War, the Spanish Influenza that killed so many afterwards, the rebellions and independence of so many European countries, the Russian revolution, the su...
Liberal candidate Guy Verhofstadt and the “Federalist Cause” NEW
The European Citizen 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Guy Verhofstadt, who has led the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament for the last few years, will be the Liberals’ candidate forthe Commission Presidency in the May elections. He has fended off Olli Rehn, the Commissioner for Economic...
Stripping Citizenship NEW
The European Citizen 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Last week the UK House of Commons voted on an amendment to the Immigration Bill that would empower the Home Secretary to strip foreign-born terrorist suspects of their UK citizenship, even if it would render them stateless. (Those with dual citizensh...
Keller and Bové to lead the European Greens in the elections NEW
The European Citizen 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
The online European Greens primaries ended with anti-globalisation campaigner and French Green MEP José Bové and German Green youth leader and MEP Ska Keller heading the election campaign.22,676 people voted in the online primaries, and...
5 Years of Bloggingportal! NEW
The European Citizen 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Today is the 5th birthday of Bloggingportal! In the years that Bloggingportal has been linking Euroblogs and trying to make discussions more accessible, the number of blogs has ballooned from barely 100 to over 1000. The Euroblogosphere is still rela...
No Free Movement Rights for the Working Class? NEW
The European Citizen 11 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
The debate over the free movement of people is continuing to grow. It's worth remembering that EU citizens currently have the right to reside in another Member State for 3 months to look for work, with no obligation on the host Member State to provid...
European Parliament wants to question Snowden NEW
The European Citizen 11 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
The European Parliament's LIBE Committee's Inquiry into the Electronic Mass Surveillance of European Citizens is not due to be published in March, and the Committee has voted to question the whistle-blower Edward Snowden via video-link. However The G...
Poland says No to watering down Free Movement NEW
The European Citizen 11 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
The Polish government has made it clear that it will veto changes to the free movement of people in the EU Treaties. Since the EU Treaties can only be changed by unanimity, this is a blow to calls from Cameron's UK government (and from the Bavarian C...
Gove's bashing of "left wing" historians is a sad indication on how he views history NEW
The European Citizen 11 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
The UK's Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has been in the news lately for complaining about left wing academics and their insufficiently "patriotic" version of the First World War, which feed into a likewise unhappy media image:"Our un...
Which Generation are we saving here? NEW
The European Citizen 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 21 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
British Chancellor George Osborne said yesterday that another £25 billion in welfare cuts are needed to close the deficit:"Do we say: the worst is over; back we go to our bad habits of borrowing and spending and living beyond our means - and le...
Yet More Widening and Deepening NEW
The European Citizen 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
2014 dawns and the EU continues to widen and deepen. Latvia is now part of the Eurozone, bringing the total to 18. What has Latvia got itself into, you might ask, until you realise that it has pushed itself through a harsh austerity regime just to ge...
Free Movement Night's Eve? NEW
The European Citizen 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 13 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
"Who cheats, flies", runs the campaign of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria. Fear of an influx of Romanians and Bulgarians seems to be at fever pitch, with Tory activists in the UK petitioning the Prime Minister to use an emergency clause to limi...
In Search of the Citizen - European Year of Citizens NEW
The European Citizen 1 Year, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
It was, Commissioner Viviane Reding declared, "A fight against indifference". Speaking at the closing conference of the European Year of Citizens, she correctly noted that the EU is "more than a market", but the story of "freedom, prosperity and stab...
Ireland exits the Bailout, but not Austerity NEW
The European Citizen 1 Year, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Today Ireland has exited the EU bail-out programme - the first country to do so - but it doesn't mean an end to austerity. Appearing on TV last night in a State of the Nation Address, Taoiseach Enda Kenny praised the sacrifices of the public and said...
A Strong Europe?: What the Grand Coalition has in store NEW
The European Citizen 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Two months after the German elections the Grand Coalition deal between Merkel's CDU (and their sister party, the CSU) and the SPD has been signed. It's not a done deal until the SPD membership has endorsed the coalition treaty, and there is some resi...
EU Budget: a victory for the Council NEW
The European Citizen 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 34 Minutes ago
The passing of the EU budget last week by the European Parliament was definitely a win for the Council and the fiscal hawks amongst the Member States. For the first time the EU budget will be cut, and cut by €35 billion (3.5%) over the next 7 ye...