The Pan-European Pen

Looking for European Chutzpah

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Israel European Union

  “The only natural resource we discovered is the human potential. Israel is an example where the people enriched the land more than the land enriched the people.”                – President Shimon Peres, from his EU parliament speech   In their book “Start-up Nation: The story of Israel’s economic miracle”, authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer describe  why and how […]

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NOT Welcomed

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Once Upon A Time… Starting January 1st, 2014 the UK fully liberalized the working restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians. Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union in 2007. Since then, they have been able to work in the UK under certain circumstances: employees had to apply for a “registration certificate”, but these restrictions have been lifted. Approximately 10, 000 arrivals […]

JEF Cross Border Network

Cross Border Seminar in Lille: Borders Have Been Broken

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The second Cross-Border seminar took place from the 8th till the 10th of November 2013 in Lille. The subject “nationalism and populism as a dangerous path for Europe” was promising and the expectations were high. Arriving together with the other participants, we knew this was the moment … borders had to be broken this weekend. The seminar started with an information moment […]

JEF Cross Border Network

Second Cross Border Seminar Through Simona’s Eyes

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On Friday, November 8th, I found myself sitting in a train heading to Lille, France as a representative of JEF-Liège. Expectations, excitement, worries, feelings of unknown, maybe a bit of fear was crossing my mind when I was dragging my luggage through rainy Lille, passing magnificent Le Palais des Beaux-Arts. After asking eight strangers on the street, challenging my (poor) map […]