German parties wake up to growing migrant vote

Arab Times (Kuwait) September 15, 2013, p. 16 AFP, Sept 14, Berlin German Chancellor Angela Merkel once alienated many immigrants by declaring ?multiculturalism has failed,? but as elections near her conservatives and other parties are scrambling to reach the growing migrant vote. The question, say analysts and immigrants, is whether the nearly 10 percent o

Twitter encourages German voters to engage with political parties ahead of September 22 election

With Germany?s general election fast approaching on September 22, it seems Twitter is recognizing its role in the process by encouraging German users to engage with their representatives and providing them with more information about the candidates.

 

8:45 ? the European hour

This evening the Champions League will be back. At 20:45, the coins will have been thrown and both the game and its powerful marketing machine will be kicked off yet again across the continent, from Copenhagen to Istanbul, from San Sebastian to Piraeus. There is a lot that can be said against the Champions League rationale, its accessibility for clubs and its financial consequences on smaller leagues, but even the most nostalgic of observers will have to admit that from a purely marketing point of view, the Champions League is a formidable product.

Europe shows strong demand for aviation personnel among worldwide boom

According to Boeing?s 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook, commercial aviation will require more than a million new pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians. As global aviation grows, Boeing projected that by 2032 the world will require 498,000 new commercial pilots and 556,000 new maintenance techs.

 

France makes it easier for non-nationals to run for EU elections

The French Interior Ministry has drafted a law that will allow non-national EU citizens to stand in the next European Parliament elections, in line with the requirements of the Lisbon Treaty.

The government unveiled a draft law on 11 September transposing an EU directive that regulates eligibility conditions for non-national residents at the European elections, a novelty of the Lisbon Treaty allowing all EU citizens that reside in another EU member state to run for a seat in the European Parliament.

 

A New Greek Test for Europe

Greece?s debt crisis may have been pushed off the world’s front pages, but it has not gone away. Indeed, the upcoming decision on the next round of Greek aid threatens to break the mold on the scale of official debt forgiveness, defy the IMF?s presumed insulation from default, and trigger a new round of political and legal turmoil.

Hungary’s Justice System Slow in Fighting Racial Crime

It took the Hungarian judiciary five years to convict the perpetrators of the cold-blooded murders of several Roma in Hungary. Four Hungarian men went on a rampage at the time,killing six Roma between March 2008 and August 2009. On August 6th, a Budapest court sentenced Zsolt Peto and brothers Arpad and Istvan Kiss to life in prison for the murderous spree, while their driver Istvan Csontos received 13 years as an accomplice.

Eurozone recovery still ?in infancy?: ECB head

The head of the European Central Bank said yesterday that the economic recovery in the 17-country eurozone ?is only in its infancy?

 

 

Ten years on, what Britain can learn from the Swedish euro referendum

Last Saturday was the tenth anniversary of the Swedish referendum on the euro, and our Director, Mats Persson, wrote this piece for the Guardian’s Comment is Free:

A subtle shift in German policy on banking union?

With talk of the upcoming German elections dominating over the weekend, a potentially important yet subtle shift for post-German election policy on banking union may have received less coverage than it ought to have.

The europeanisation of euroscepticism?

Academics studying the EU should be the real eurosceptics. Not only can we translate the greek word skepsis as ?enquiry?, modern science owes much to philosophical and methodological scepticism. However, it seems that academics interested in the EU have struggled to come to grips with a the phenomenon of political euroscepticism which appears to be quite a different thing compared the philosophical notions of skepticism. The UACES conference in Leeds was therefore an interesting place to observe the clash between academics and eurosceptics ? although it has to be said it was a surprisingly fruitful encounter and not a hostile fight at all.

Six years to fix Greece – Samaras

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras says the debt-ridden country could return to pre-crisis living standards within six years.

 

Westminster 2015 – will the SNP shake things up?

Scotland’s potential independence now stands firmly on the horizon. But one must wonder: if it is to happen, how will the event affect the 2015 general elections? We must examine the facts to find out.

Pirate Party Crashes Spy Drone in Front of German Chancellor Angela MerkelWith less than a week to go until the national elections on September 22, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her team are working hard to maintain their lead in the polls and extend her current eight years in power.

Re-setting the way to a decarbonised Europe

In its EU Energy Roadmap 2050, the European Commission recognises that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is the only technology available to mitigate CO2 emissions from large-scale fossil fuel use. The EU badly needs a successful CCS programme by 2020 and can no longer afford delays, writes Graeme Sweeney.

Dr. Graeme Sweeney is chairman of the advisory council of the European technology platform of Zero Emissions Fossil Fuels Power Plants (ZEP).

With the world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, global energy demand is projected to rise by 40% over the next two decades alone. To meet this demand the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that 75% of all energy will still be derived from fossil fuels in 2035, significantly contributing to rising CO2 emissions.

 

 

A truly multilingual capital for the European Union

 

To meet Brussels?s exceptional linguistic challenge, the ‘Marnix Plan’ wants to mobilise Brussels?s diverse linguistic competence into an exciting collaborative project, writes Philippe Van Parijs.

 

Philippe van Parijs is a Belgian philosopher, professor at the universities of Louvain, Leuven and Oxford, a prominent ‘Brusseler’ and founder of the Marnix Plan.

The European Union praises its linguistic diversity, the multiplicity of the native languages of its citizens. But linguistic diversity is a curse if it is not coupled with multilingualism, or the learning of other people?s languages.

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