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 […]

Media

JEF’s Peter Oomsels on Euronews

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Peter Oomsels

Peter Oomsels, the former president of JEF Belgium, now vice president of the Young European Federalists, has appeared on The Network TV show on EuroNews to debate why it is important to vote in the next European election, and how the new parliament will be instrumental in choosing the new European Commission president. He also spoke about how to increase voter participation […]

Media

The Dollar: Their currency, OUR problem

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The $: Their currency – our problem As Ben Bernanke’s mandate as chairman of the Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) ends, it is time to assess the impact that the American central bank has on the world economy. The US enjoys what former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing once called “the exorbitant privilege of the dollar”, which is the de facto […]

De Schoonmoeder aller Verkiezingen

StampMedia – Interviews with presidents Flemish political parties (Dutch)

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[Nederlands] JEF Belgium and the Ambrassade have worked out a program called “De Schoonmoeder aller Verkiezingen” in order to give young people the chance to raise their voice during the campaigns for the regional, federal and European elections taking place in May 2014. Journalists of StampMedia managed to interview the presidents of the seven biggest political parties in Flanders. The interviews are only available in […]

Positively Popular

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 […]

Debates and lectures

Impressions: Débat de JEF LLN (26 novembre 2013)

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Nous avons organisé un débat à Louvain-La-Neuve dans la soirée du 26 novembre. Il s’agissait de réunir des étudiants de tous bords autour du thème de l’Europe. Les quatre mouvances politiques représentées sur Louvain-La-Neuve étaient invitées, ainsi que tous les étudiants intéressés par la question. Étaient donc présents une trentaine d’étudiants, dont des représentants du COMAC, du MR, des Ecolos et […]

Media

A Revolution with European Ramifications

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This article has also been published at the online webzine The New Federalist.  “The supply shock created by a surge in North American oil production will be as transformative to the market over the next five years as was the rise of Chinese demand over the last 15.” – International Energy Agency European policymakers have failed to grasp the geopolitical […]

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 […]

Europe

Jonge Europese Federalisten – Simulatie Europese Raad 2013

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Lente top in volle gang in Gent Gent, 16 maart – Deze ochtend is de Europese Raad in Gent van start gegaan. Na de aankomst en de informele gesprekken van gisteren, staan vandaag harde onderhandelingen  op het programma waarbij een antwoord op de kritieken rond de Meerjarenbegroting beantwoord dienen te worden, alsook een visie rond het gemeenschappelijk landbouwbeleid en een kader […]