1989 Generation Initiative

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Refugees stopped in Hungary on their way to Germany; French and Italian officials working day and night to keep Greece in the Eurozone; Eastern and Western European nations clashing over Europe’s relationship with Russia. If you were alive these past six months – a safe bet if you’re reading this article – you probably encountered… » read more

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In the wake of the Big Bang enlargement of 2004, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was designed to keep neighbourhood countries engaged with the EU, and to avoid creating dividing lines on the continent. But ENP has thus far failed to emulate the success of the Enlargement programme, which has been regularly attributed to the… » read more

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Daily news reminds us of the terrible crisis in the Mediterranean, with people fleeing their countries in any way possible with the aim of landing somewhere safer than what used to be home. The EU reaction, rumor has it, has been slow and plain insufficient according to the majority. Somehow, we still need the picture… » read more

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No one seems to be too happy about the results of the Spitzenkandidaten-procedure: Domestic governments feel a sense of loss of power; Juncker only reluctantly accepted his new position; older EU idealists like Neil Kinnock see a threat to the Commission’s equidistance and independence. What about the 1989 generation? For us the Spitzenkandidaten-procedure doesn’t go… » read more

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