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Krynica, Poland’s impressive Economic Forum, discussed last week a number of European policies. Sitting on a panel about geopolitical guidelines for Ukraine – I had an opportunity to present and complement my ideas on Europe’s architecture. (This earlier post triggered many reactions, some informal and a dozen posted on my blog. It was written with… » read more

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‘Expats love Belgium: they chose it! ‘ Il y a deux ans, une manifestation pour l’unité de la Belgique a réuni francophones et flamands, notamment au Parc du Cinquantenaire. Je regrette encore de ne pas y avoir déployé la banderole que j’avais imaginé sur ce slogan. Par expatriés, j’entends surtout les européens, présents pour le… » read more

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Here are some comments and strong opinions, on what speakers said at a study launch by consultancy Waagener Edstrom, well summarized here . And what it means for opinion leaders: Mr Buzek, please read on… Now, why would a Frenchman bother to blog on ’14 juillet’ day, on a very specialised, English and Brussels-centric topic?… » read more

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What the Turkish President and a French Minister told me encourages posting some ideas I had discussed with friends. I describe briefly the context, some practical steps, a daring vision, and next steps. Last week, I spoke at a major French Turkish conference in Istanbul, summmarised in this article: “Turkey, France test the water before… » read more

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Am Montag Abend war ich bei der Lesung dieses Buches, auch ‘Brüssel zartherb’ genannt. Hier sind, nach dem nächtlichen Lesen weiterer Kapitel, einige Eindrücke. Die Schrift ist eine Sammlung von echten Kurzgeschichten, die bereits in mitteleuropäischen Zeitungen veröffentlicht wurden. Der Autor beschreibt Eurokraten und Lobbyisten und zeigt die Widersprüche zwischen ihren angegebenen Werten und ihrer… » read more

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Given the very long pregnancy and current birthing problems, many commentators voice pessimism about the EU External Action Service. First among the Cassandras are journalists, not always imune to cynicism, and sometimes confusing soundbites and trends. While I like many of them, I am more optimistic, also based on personal experience and anecdotes. ( One… » read more

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A post by Günter K.V. Vetter about German as working language of the new EU External Action Service triggers my writing down some opinion that I kept relatively private so far. Here is the original post, in German of course… and I also react in this language: German as EU working language: Beschwerungen, Verteitigung oder… » read more

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I observed one week of post-election commentaries (some more sources here): this is my short ‘net take’. But before attempting to answer this question, let’s get rid of one frequent misconception in Western reporting: that the Presidential elections was a choice between Russia and Europe. Here is a clear quote from an interview by www.EurActiv.sk… » read more

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This article by Gideon Rachman makes good points: Oranges and lemons in Ukraine Two Ukraine experts also write good articles on the topic in the FT, Stefan Wagstyl Roman Olearchyk But these articles are regrettably behind a paywall: a different approach from EurActiv’s transparency, for example. Summarised here, or if you cannot read French, there.… » read more

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(includes links to video summary with Barroso & Buzek statements, programme, introduction speech) EurActiv’s anniversary was about 10 years of EurActiv.com, 5 years of the 10 country EurActiv network, and 5 years of Fondation EurActiv. It was celebrated in three different ways: 1) publication of the Policy Guide to the new European Parliament – a… » read more

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Speech by EurActiv Founder Christophe Leclercq on 12 November 2009, Please see also the whole programme with VIP guests and Fondation EurActiv Award winners. The whole event tonight is about celebrating EurActiv’s Xth anniversary and Debating Europe Nationally. Rather than just congratulating ourselves, we want to discuss this major challenge for Europe. The point is… » read more

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(You have a view on how the EU celebrated the 2009 year of anniversaries? Please react, by simply clicking below) (Edito newsletter ‘EurActiv et Vous’, janvier 2009) Chers partenaires et amis d’EurActiv, En ces temps incertains, et en phase avec la transparence, nous vous indiquons nos résultats ainsi que nos priorités. D`abord notre réseau en… » read more

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(Edito newsletter ‘EurActiv et Vous’, novembre 2008) (You have a view on how the EU reacted (or not) to the economic crisis at the time? On how it shaped today’s positions? Please react, by simply clicking below) Chers partenaires et ‘acteurs européens’ Toutes les capitales s’interrogent sur l’impact de la crise financière: comment adapter les… » read more

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Ukrainians knock on the doors, which one would YOU open? Answer a minister question Posted by EurActiv Correspondent on 30/07/09 I recently spent several days in Ukraine, both out of personal interest for the country and also to assess on behalf of EurActiv the fit of the country with European integration, EU enlargement or not.… » read more

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