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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

International

Une semaine à Ventotene

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Les fédéralistes sont partis depuis deux jours. Je me suis accordé quelques jours supplémentaires pour laisser mûrir les riches idées qui m’ont été partagées cette semaine, pour me remémorer les bons moment passés avec ces nouveaux amis des quatre coins de l’Europe (sans oublier Chandrani et Nandini, venues d’Inde !), et aussi pour profiter du soleil et des pizzas … […]

Europe

Official: Call for Political Secretary

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[FR] [NL] JEF Belgium is looking for a motivated young person that wants to take up the function of Political Secretary, and join the national board until the end of its mandate (February 2014). What does a Political Secretary do? (S)he will join Goele Janssen at the heart of JEF by actively building, promoting and presenting ideas for a better, more democratic, […]