FEPS Fresh Thinking

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1. The European election campaign undoubtedly helped the European Union to do an enormous step towards greater politicisation. Nevertheless the European Union is still far away to be a transnational democracy. There was still no unifying topic that mobilised voters across member states. 2. The decision of the PES (Party of European Socialists) after the… » read more

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Invited yesterday to speak at a conference of the S&D Group in the European Parliament I raised the crucial question of the European Common Foreign and Defence Policy of the sharing of sovereignty. Looking on the current state of the CFSP one has to admit that there is some “movement”. It seems also that many… » read more

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During the weekend I received some emails and comments on the proposal to establish the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP/TAFTA). Talks between the EU and US started this summer. In the public debate taking place in Europe over the TTIP negotiation, it seems that we Europeans have to accept US standards and law and… » read more

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Some points on the German elections 1. Success for Angela Merkel’s personalisation of German elections! Without doubt – this election result on Sunday represents a success for the playing out of the persona of Angela Merkel but this is not a victory for the party. The strategy of her campaigners paid off. The SPD did… » read more

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Coming back from summer – the time of year when I spend most time with nature and appreciate the best things in life – I was quite astonished at the rate at which we are destroying Mother Nature. And for what benefit? There seem to be so many ‘environmental’ issues at the moment, which are… » read more

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Last week, the European Council gave a clear sign that the EU is back in the Sixties. The heads of state are not willing to go further in sharing sovereignty and concede more power to the European institutions. Europe as it currently functions is not a Europe shaped with regard to the challenges ahead. It… » read more

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In a conference organised by Policy Network in London this week, Lord Tony Giddens argued, in a session I had the honour to chair, that the problems we are facing at the moment are not just European but also global. The key question facing Europe, as well as the US, China, India and Africa, is… » read more

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Ernst Stetter and Giovanni Cozzi (Economic Adviser at FEPS) Youth unemployment has become one of the most crucial economic and social issues in Europe since the outburst of the ongoing financial and economic crisis. Several European countries are experiencing extremely high levels of youth unemployment. For instance, in 2011 countries like Spain, Greece, and Italy… » read more

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In my last blog I argued that the next EU budget should be a multiannual framework of a joint and common expression of a sound economic, fiscal and social policy in Europe. The budget framework should be therefore also a starting point for a more thoughtful debate on the future of the Union. We are… » read more

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Recently, in a German magazine, I published an analysis which questioned if Brussels wants Europe. Of course, this was a rhetorical question but nevertheless a valuable one regarding the current situation in the final phase of negotiations about the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework this autumn. We see clearly that national egotisms are not at all… » read more

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