Guardians of The European Fortress

[caption id="attachment_6194" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Military Union Vasil Levski and Bulgarian National Movement Shipka, Bulgaria. Founded by Vladimir Rusev. Source: Vladimir Rusev[/caption]   When pressure on EU borders resulted in pressure on Europeans’ morals, hatred took…

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…

Euro-orphans: What about us?

The 6th annual European Forum on the Rights of the Child was held in Brussels last week, on the 23rdof November. The key actors from European Institutions, EU Member States, and Ombudspersons for children, international…

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…

France, an outlaw country ?

After France and Belgium, the Netherlands prohibited the wearing of the veil in September. The same month, the first criminal convictions took place in France, the first country to have passed the law. Today, Muslims…

Spanish views in Utrecht

[caption id="attachment_3603" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Utrecht canal at the city centre"][/caption] Utrecht is the Dutch-style city I had imagined it to be before arriving in Holland. I have previously visited Amsterdam, so I thought that Utrecht…

Cross Channel Cooperation

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Prime Minister Cameron and President Sarkozy at the Summit - from Euronews.net"][/caption] Agreements made at this years UK-France summit herald a new age of military cooperation between Europes top military spenders.…

SOS : Save Our Specie

By : Andrew Codd, Miguel Duran de Barbozza, Margot Perrier, Alexandra Tengberg FIXING EURO SINGLE CURRENCY 2010 is going to be the year when Europe realizes how much work it has to catch up. Since…

Bigger is better in the EU

Increasing the role of the parliament may leave smaller member states in the dark by Andrew Codd, Miguel Duran de Barbozza, Margot Perrier, Alexandra Tengberg Smaller member states are becoming increasingly common within the EU…

Work in progress

by Anna Buch, Ana Muñoz Padrós, Beatriz Paúl Naya, Anna Rydholm The grade of cooperation in the EU depends on which policy field you look at. All of them have made progress since the establishment…

Democracy with obstacles

by Anna Buch, Ana Muñoz Padrós, Beatriz Paúl Naya and Anna Rydholm [caption id="attachment_2672" align="alignleft" width="294" caption="Picture: citizens-initiative.eu"][/caption] From 2011 on, Europeans will live in a more democratic union. At least, that was intended by…