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On the State of the European Union and a new thinking for Europe.

Wednesday 12th of September, world’s media  turned to Europe, as it was announced as Super Wednesday for the European Union. Despite fears  that it might run poorly somewhere, Europe came unscathed out of this challenging day. The German Constitutional Court judges approved the European Stability Mechanism; pro-European parties won the…

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20th Birthday of the Maastricht Treaty: towards more European solidarity and stability in times of economic turmoil

ImageIn light of the ECB announcement to start a conditional but unlimited bond-buying program, the state of the union of Barosso in which he announced to work for closer integration, the loss of the extreme Eurosceptic parties in the Netherlands and the ruling of the German constitutional court, one could easily become optimistic in regard to the prevailing European challenges. Alas, the Eurocrisis lingers on and the centripetal economic and nationalistic forces are slowly disintegrating the European Union with little efforts to stall, let alone reverse the process.

                                                       Written by Mathias Maertens, JEF Belgium Political Secretary

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Citoyens et jeunes en Europe : pour un débat démocratique européen

Selon certains commentateurs, le pessimisme est aujourd’hui à la mode chez les jeunes. En effet, ceux-ci croulent sous les nouvelles inquiétantes  quant à l’avenir de leur continent. Ils ne doivent cependant pas se sentir freinés par ce pessimisme cynique. Un regard critique à l’égard de la démocratisation de l’Union européenne ne va pas à l’encontre d’une promesse de progrès. Bien au contraire.

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Voor een Europees democratisch debat

De Europese autoriteiten stelden gisteren (dinsdag 26 juni) hun blauwdruk voor de toekomst van de Europese monetaire unie voor. De rol van democratische principes wordt daarbij echter grotendeels uit het oog verloren. Zijn de lidstaten dan bereid om steeds meer democratie op te geven om de Euro in stand te houden? Betekent een sterker Europa noodzakelijk minder democratie?

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Europe Day, a day of celebration?

Since the Summit of Milan in 1985, The European Union celebrates its fundamental values of peace and solidarity on the 9th of May. Right after World War II, French Minister of Foreign Affairs Robert Schuman, claimed on this day in 1950 the historical necessity to create a supranational European Institution for the coal and steel industry in order to avoid another devastating war. Certainly at that time, this industry could be seen as the basis of all military power. Schuman was convinced that “by pooling basic production and by instituting a new High Authority, whose decisions will bind France, Germany and other member countries, this proposal will lead to the realization of the first concrete foundation of a European federation indispensable to the preservation of peace.”

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Discursive migration policies in Europe: Filling gaps against a dynamic current

Migration issues are possibly the most painstaking agenda items that any nation across Europe is facing at the moment.

With a global financial and labour-market crisis on our hands, along with elevated tensions in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq etc., the stream of migrants trying to make way to a more prosperous and stable labour and living environment is swelling.

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Monday “Discovery Day”

Monday the 22th was “Discovery Day”, meaning we got an introduction on the Gender theme, given by Katja, a Phd student from Tajikistan but living and working in Switzerland on Gender. She started by saying that “the more you know and read about gender, the more you will get confused” and so she…

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