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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Europe’s highly skilled 20-30 year olds in times of austerity

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Raya Kardasheva is a Lecturer in European Politics at King’s College London. Hello Europe, here they are – the educated, the jobless, the hungry and the ruthless. They studied the European project. They believed in the European project. They acted on the European project. Their generation is truly European – they travel without borders, they […]

EU problems that really matter: Delegated acts

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  You may wonder: What is the most important, the most pressing, and thus the most recurring problem in EU policy-making for EU member states? The financial and economic crises? The European agriculture? High-speed internet for disconnected regions? Not really. In fact, the most recurring problem is “delegated acts“, a special legal instrument introduced by […]

What Did the EU Ever Do for Us?

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by Dr Maxine David On June 19th, a Russian cargo ship, the Alaed, allegedly carrying military equipment toSyria, was forced to turn back after its London-based insurers, the Standard Club, withdrew cover. The move was received with approval in theUK, where diplomatic efforts to bringRussia round to their way of thinking onSyria have so far […]

AG Kokott on Multilingualism

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Given that I already blogged twice in recent weeks about multilingualism, why not make it three? Today, in Italy v. Commission, AG Kokott sided with the Italians and told the Commission to redo their homework. Just because a job requires excellent knowledge of one of the three working languages does not mean that EPSO gets to […]

The Future of Europe: EU foreign ministers mock European citizens

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A group of 10 EU foreign ministers  is meeting to discuss the Future of Europe, proposing some lukewarm reforms of the EU system to save it. But more than that: When you read the interim report of the group, you can see that the reforms proposed are not just lukewarm, the foreign ministers seem to mock […]