Worth a shot: Tough new laws spark an…

In Lithuania, people jokingly used to tell stories about how people from Finland travelled across the gulf from Helsinki to Tallinn to buy cheap booze. However as the Lithuanian government, inspired by Finland, in recent…

Waiting for the penny to drop: Fighting the…

[caption id="attachment_7886" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Source: James Cridland[/caption] Activist Madi Sharma gazes out from the pulpit. “This is not my Europe. Is it yours?”, the crowd is fixed with a stern, quizzical stare. “So why are…

Support for populist parties on the rise

Amidst terrorist attacks, European integration, globalization, and a large number of migrants entering into Europe, right-wing populist parties have established a strong foundation within Europe over the last twelve months, says Utrecht University Lecturer of…

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…

A founding member of something little understood

France has always played an important role in the European Union, since its creation. Yet, the French have an increasingly negative picture of the European Union, which is not doing enough for their tastes. An…

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…