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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Why EU Citizens in Britain Miss-Out on their Right to Vote

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The outcome of the European Parliament elections on May 22 will determine the composition of the European Parliament (EP) as an institution which has been given considerable powers to influence the EU’s future direction. But it is doubtful whether the novelty of parties’ nominating “candidates for Commission President” will contribute much to lifting voters turn-out […]

Afghanistan & India: Crafting Stability In The Region

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Post 9/11 concern has been raised over where India stands on a number of issues, which includes it’s approach to the relationship it shares with Afghanistan on all levels: economically, politically and socially. Security and stability in Afghanistan is of importance to India. There has been claims of cultural co-operation in between India and Afghanistan, […]

EU action over Ukraine not that of a world player

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The situation in Ukraine has gone from bad to worse. The country is wracked by three broad crises, each linked to the other and requiring comprehensive action. First is a debt crisis that is all too familiar to countries of the eurozone which, without help from the IMF and the EU, will lead to state […]

A gender balanced EU leadership in 2014? Rather not…

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The European Commission has a gender balance problem. The EU institutions’ leadership has a gender balance problem. And 2014 doesn’t seem to be the year where this will change. Bruxelles2‘s research has shown that, so far, only 5 out 28 EU member states have female candidates lined up for the next College of Commissioners, and […]

Malaysia Needs A Shadow Cabinet

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Malaysia is one of the largest economies in the world and one of the most successful, setting itself as an example to countless countries that are increasingly getting crippled by recession. In an age when credit rating agencies are busy scurrying around trying to either downgrade ratings, sometimes even threatening to send it off to […]

Do facts matter when discussing the EU?

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For the past couple of days, I’ve been competing in the inaugural EU Twitter Fight Club, where tweeps from different parts of the (notional) European public sphere have been trying to show off their tweeting ability (very broadly defined).  To call it a pleasure would be a stretch, but it’s certainly been informative for me, both […]

Polscieu: The end of a journey, the start of a new one

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For the last six years, I’ve been following EU politics and information flows as a blogger, as an academic, and since 2010 also as an activist with Transparency International, first as a volunteer and since 2012 as a full-time employee here in Brussels. Last Wednesday, I finally defended “Information Flows in the Context of EU Policy-Making“, […]