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Lundi 17 octobre, après une phase pilote, EurActiv Italia a été inauguré, en présence notamment de Mme Bonino et de MM. Monti et Tajani, plus de nombreuses autres personnalités politiques et d’entreprise. Mario Monti, ancien Commissaire et toujours une référence sur ces questions, a déclaré: “With the growing interdependence of Europe and the world, it… » read more

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Vladimir Putin launched a ‘Plädoyer für eine Witschaftsgemeinschaft”, in Germany on 25 November. This sounds similar to my June post here and to the article I published on 11 Novembre in Le Monde and medias from six other countries: “Turkey, Ukraine, Russia: toward a new EEC?” Here are quick reactions to Russia’s initiative. Who should… » read more

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( I am delighted to host this post written by Stéphanie Friedrich (currently moving into EurActiv’s editorial team). Jochen Bittner is Brussels correspondent of Die Zeit. Christophe Leclercq EurActiv itself does not publish book reviews, but Blogactiv bloggers may of course do so, and EurActiv can link to such posts when relevant. I personally welcome… » read more

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The ‘new EEC’ concept – published in six other media – can be commented there: in English, en français. I promised some other references: here they are. Certainly not exhaustive: additions welcome, also in English).

Quelles catégories de concepts paneuropéens?

Le débat sur l’intégration européenne est dominée depuis 1954 par la construction communautaire. C’est encore plus vrai depuis les élargissements, qui ont amené la majorité des peuples européennes sous la houlette de Bruxelles.

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L’article suivant est publié en français par Le Monde, en anglais par Zaman Daily (Turquie), Kyiv Post, Moscow Times, et en allemand par Die Presse. Commentaires bienvenus, ici en français. Comments welcome there on the English version. Deutsche Fassung auf Anfrage erhältlich. Re-publication bienvenue, avec mention de la source. Ce débat a déjà déclenché de… » read more

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Le week-end dernier, j’ai participé au Sommet de la Francophonie de Montreux, et écrit cet article général. J’ai aussi rencontré plusieurs personnes des Antilles et de Louisiane, assisté à une conférence sur Haïti, et interviewé la patronne de la chaîne TV5. D’habitude, je ne suis pas un ‘fan’ des cercles diplomatique et des grandes déclarations,… » read more

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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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