Eurosphere agenda: Pirate Party victory in Iceland… Greek-German summit…

Pirate Party Becomes Iceland’s Most Popular Political Party

pirate-iceOn January 1, 2006, Rick Falkvinge founded the Swedish and first Pirate Party. The party has survived more than nine turbulent years while provoking heated discussion on copyright reform, privacy and freedom of speech.


The Icelandic Pirate Party is out-polling all the country’s other parties, with 24% of the population backing them. Read the rest


After meeting with top EU representatives on Thursday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has committed himself to introducing concrete reform measures in the coming days. Once this happens Athens is to receive further financial aid. That does nothing to change the fact that the Eurozone is dysfunctional, commentators criticise, and warn that Greece’s fate must not be left in the hands of Russia and China.


Greek-German summit amid debt fears

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel amid mounting concern that Athens is running out of money.

The leaders of debt-wracked Greece and economic powerhouse Germany meet in Berlin Monday (23 March) after weeks of bad blood over Athens’ debt woes, and bitter WWII memories.

Britain can prosper post Brexit – if it embraces free trade and deregulation

Open Europe’s new report on Brexit concludes there is a life for Britain outside the EU. However, it will face a number of tough political and economic choices if it is to prosper.


Challenging Northern Ireland’s abortion law

The latest challenge to Northern Ireland’s abortion law is a very small step in the right direction, away from a post-conflict settlement in which women can be treated as secondary citizens.

And where do we go from here? Macedonia and the EU

From today’s perspective, it seems amazing to think that Macedonia was actually one of the frontrunners on the road to European integration in the Balkans, even before the most recent member of the EU club, Croatia.

National Front set to capitalise on high abstention rate and appetite for major political change amid economic woes.

Central Europe’s Digital Freedom Struggle

A quarter-century ago, when the Berlin Wall fell and the Iron Curtain rose, the people of Central Europe chose capitalism over communism and democracy over dictatorship.


The Digital Transformation of Europe


Europe is on the cusp of a technological transformation that will revolutionize entire industries and change the way its people engage with one another. Indeed, the digital transformation is emerging as the single most promising way to revive the continent’s moribund economy and tackle its stubborn unemployment problem.


UK surveillance under scrutiny


A media post-mortem into the UK’s surveillance report. Plus, why five years on in Argentina the media looks so familiar.



EU pledges Greek humanitarian funds


The EU pledges €2bn (£1.45bn; $2.15bn) to ease what it calls Greece’s “humanitarian crisis” – echoing words used by the Greek government.


An Italian poet on trial


Erri De Luca suggested in an interview that the Susa Valley high-speed rail line should be sabotaged. The construction company involved has taken him to court.

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