Greece’s last-minute overtures to international creditors for financial aid yesterday (30 June) were not enough to save it from becoming the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund. The situation remains so uncertain that even the Sunday referendum, on whether to accept the aid, hangs in doubt.
The leader of the National Front participated in her first Conference of the Presidents of the European Parliament this Monday (29 June). The meeting was marked by a heated exchange between Marine Le Pen and Juncker. EurActiv France reports.
Phil England interviews Gunnar Grimsson and Robert Bjarnson of the Citizens Foundation, pioneers of an open-source software platform, Your Priorities, which allows citizens to develop ideas to improve their areas and take more control of public spending.
In an unusual move that underlined frustration with the Greek government, the European Commission published on Sunday (28 June) what it said were the last proposals creditors made to Athens before Greece broke off funding talks. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will speak to the press today at noon.
We all are Europe! Europe is now almost completely integrated in terms of economic and monetary policy. European integration is thus yesterday’s word; tomorrow’s is European democracy. Deutsch. (8,907 words)
This text is an adopted version of my speech at the German fashion lifestyle & web community conference RE:PUBLICA, on May 6, 2015 in Berlin. The speech comes together with a series of images and charts and cannot be understood without. To get the spirit of the presentation in German, there is a YouTube video clip which isavailable here.