A Union with cuffed hands

Recent conflicts in Syria and Gaza raise questions among public opinion about why the EU keeps using soft power instead of acting to put an end to the killing of innocents. The union seems to…

The IMF, a useful but dark loan organization

People around Europe are protesting against the IMF's role in the European debt crisis. They claim that the austerity measures are imposed by the international organisation undemocratically but, how undemocratic IMF really is? [caption id="attachment_5747" align="alignright"…

It’s just another day for lobbyists in paradise

[caption id="attachment_4862" align="aligncenter" width="414" caption="Members of the European parliament have meetings with lobbyists several times a week. 3000 lobbyists have access to the European Parliament at any time. Photo: Evelina Bergström"][/caption] BRUSSELS | In front…

Europe from behind the glass

  [caption id="attachment_4549" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="There are a theoretical 506 possible language combinations in the EU. Photo source: kwintessential.co.uk"][/caption] BRUSSELS – The EU is running out of Dutch interpreters. If nothing is done, many Dutch…

Old Allies Take Traditional Steps into Cyber-Unknown

  [caption id="attachment_4541" align="alignleft" width="167" caption="On 3 November, the EU-US conducted 'readiness' tests against cyber-attacks."][/caption] Brussels Dec. 4--It’s hard but humorous to imagine world leaders getting together to play computer games.  Yet that’s what EU…

Leaving for prosperity

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Young people protesting last October in Spain on youth unemployment."][/caption] Things are not going really good nowadays in Spain. Recession, economic stagnation, upcoming elections and not knowing what is going to…

No Union for Pot Heads

[caption id="attachment_4279" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Photo via wellcoolstuff.com"][/caption] The coffee is alright, but it’s the cannabis that has long attracted tourist from around the world to the famous Dutch coffee shops.  In these designated places, marijuana…

EU-Enlargement: Unfulfilled Eastern promises

[caption id="attachment_4108" align="alignleft" width="260" caption="Source: europa.groenlinks.nl"][/caption] UTRECHT – It are the two boys who were granted access to the party as long as they promised to behave themselves. However, almost five years after their accession…

Europe Needs Some Bonding Time

By: Wyatt McCall and Annica Lindstrom [caption id="attachment_4001" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Illustration by Peter Schrank of the Economist"][/caption] If Europe was a feuding family, it would be time to seek professional counceling.Like most struggling families these…

Protect net contributors: Budget Commissioner

By Michael Huguenin, Piers d’Orgee and Steffen Hesseldal Windfeld-Hansen European Union budget commissioner Janusz Lewandowski has indicated the EU will continue to provide rebates to member states that are net contributors. Speaking at his presentation…

Three solutions to Eurozone weaknesses: says Economist

By Steffen Hesseldal Windfeld-Hansen, Michael Huguenin and Piers d'Orgee The Eurozone's current overall growth is in stark contrast to the condition of some individual states. Their situation is altogether less than acceptable. While Germany, the…