1989 Generation Initiative

Archives for EurActiv.com

For almost two years the British media has been dominated by three topics: terrorism, refugees/immigration (often thrown into the same pot) and the EU referendum, or Brexit, as it has been coined. PM Cameron has successfully negotiated a deal with the EU on the special status of the UK within the EU, reinforcing the argumentative… » read more

Posted by 1989 Generation

There was something ever so slightly annoying about the way David Cameron presented his EU reform settlement following the Council summit on Friday. “I don’t love Brussels; I love Britain”, quipped the Prime Minister. Not the best start to a campaign aimed at saving Britain’s troubled marriage with the EU. He will need to rediscover… » read more

Posted by 1989 Generation

Cameron’s Crunch Time

With the release of Donald Tusk’s draft settlement on the UK’s EU renegotiation, the nation’s media collectively turned its head towards Brussels and David Cameron in scrutinising the substantive aspects of the text. Eurosceptics are correct to highlight that little would change in the day-to-day EU’s functioning should the deal be accepted and the British… » read more

Posted by 1989 Generation

When the clock struck midnight in Brussels on January 1 2016, the Dutch presidency of the European Union officially started. Bert Koenders, the Dutch Foreign Minister, was ambitious early in 2015 when he defined the main goal of the presidency of the Low Lands to create a ‘unifying union’. Yet, looking back at the various… » read more

Posted by 1989 Generation

Building on my article on the direct election of the Commission president and the reform of the European Parliament elections I want to suggest a more radical structural reform of the EU; one which is far more invasive and will undoubtedly face greater resistance: The Euro-Council. This is simply a name, a platitude in search… » read more

Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

Ending the Age of Terror

The recent attacks in Paris have left a deep red scar in our minds and hearts. The reactions on social media were stunning. I saw French mourning, Brits blaming refugees and little neutral Austrians calling for full NATO invasions and eradication of IS. But amongst the more radical responses, I also spotted a unique feeling… » read more

Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

The following is largely based on Carlota Perez theory of the Great Surges of development, exposed in Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital[1]. It evidences the connection between technological change and capital markets, and suggests paths to rejuvenate the productive economy. Finance and technology The need to boost the real economy through capital markets is admitted,… » read more

Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

In the current economic and political context, solidarity is shattered by the spillover of the economic problems Member States have been struggling to deal with in the aftermath of the economic crisis, and now, the refugee crisis. Meanwhile Euroscepticism is rising along with extremist, nationalist movements and the European Union’s values and pillars – labour… » read more

Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

Citizens are concerned about lobbyists’ influence in EU policy-making. They want better regulation of their lobbying activities, as well as increased transparency. In 2011, the Commission jointly launched with the European Parliament the Transparency Register. The register requires information about who is engaged in lobbying activity, the reason for it, and with what resources. It… » read more

Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative