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Editorial

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Editorial

Editorial

In June, Europeans elect the members of the next European Parliament. The European Union seems to many a bureaucratic entity far removed from Europe’s citizens. But a careful vote in the elections is one way of strengthening the democratic accountability of the EU. We at the Jesuit European Office in Brussels have chosen to focus briefly on certain themes that seem to us to deserve voters’ particular attention. The four issues we have chosen illustrate our approach to the kind of choices currently facing the European Union, in its internal life and in its relationship with the wider world. Continue reading

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Choisis ton Europe!

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Europe is your choice

Europe is your choice

Tu as l’âge de voter, en juin prochain choisis ton Europe!
Catherine Roba-Rabier

Tu aimes l’Union européenne ou tu la détestes? Tu la voudrais plus à droite ou plus à gauche?
Alors, pourquoi laisser à d’autres le soin de choisir celles et ceux qui détermineront ton avenir et celui de près de 500 millions d’Européens ?

Début juin 2009, les élections européennes permettront aux citoyens des 27 Etats membres de l’Union d’élire au suffrage universel les 736 députés qui composeront pendant les 5 prochaines années, le Parlement européen. Il s’agit de la plus grande élection transnationale de l’histoire. Continue reading

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Voting – useless?

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Voting - useless?

Voting - useless?

Voting – useless?
Susanna Reck (20), Dominik Tute (20), Georg Henkel (19), Jan Henrik Weischede (19)
(Jesuit European Volunteers, Brussels)

Electing a parliament means to influence or to change the way politics are handled to better reflect one’s own interests. But what are our interests regarding the European Union? Does my vote change European policy? Do the resolutions or generally the decisions of the European institutions really affect us? Continue reading

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Parce que je suis mère

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Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Parce que je suis mère
Silvia Mircheva

De la crainte à l’espoir en l’avenir – c’est ce mélange de sentiments opposés qui agite mon coeur à la veille des élections européennes.
Mère de famille – d’après les statistiques une famille moyenne, avec deux enfants, je fais partie des nombreuses mères bulgares qui gardent encore l’optimisme pour l’avenir de leur pays et de toute l’Europe Unie en dépit des difficultés qu’on est en train de passer. Continue reading

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Elections européennes, quels enjeux pour l’Afrique?

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Challenge for Africa

Challenge for Africa

Elections européennes, quels enjeux pour l’Afrique?
Virginie Niyonsaba

Entre le 4 et le 7 juin, les citoyens des 27 éliront leurs députés. Les médias ne cessent de nous le rappeler: ces élections arrivent dans un climat de crise globalisée. Selon Jan Andersson 3,5 millions d’emplois devraient disparaître d’ici l’été. Au Royaume Uni, en Espagne et ailleurs, on craint l’explosion sociale entre travailleurs immigrés et natifs. Continue reading

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Educating European citizens

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Budapest

Budapest

Educating European citizens
Tamás Forrai

Hungary, like other countries in the Eastern Block, gained its independence from the Soviet-Union in 1989. Since then free elections have been held in the country. The communist political system of János Kádár expected an “apolitical” behaviour from the people for decades. The Hungarian society was imbued with the basic principle of “keeping distance from the politics”. Continue reading

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Voter, un devoir pour le chrétien

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Vote

Vote

Voter, un devoir pour le chrétien
André Bogaert

Les récents phénomènes économiques qui ont affecté d’abord l’économie financière et ensuite l’économie réelle ont fait apparaître en pleine lumière le rôle fondamental et irremplaçable des pouvoirs publics. La “main invisible” qui devait théoriquement nous conduire à la prospérité est restée tellement invisible que les économistes qui y croyaient ou faisaient semblant d’y croire s’abstiennent désormais d’y faire allusion. Continue reading

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Get informed

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Weblinks

Weblinks

Get informed
Link tips on the European Elections by the team of the Jesuit European Office

A very comprehensive official web site of the European Parliament in all 22 official languages. Information, motivation, blogs, results.
www.elections2009.eu

BBC’s Questions and Answers
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7819889.stm Continue reading

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From Dublin to Brussels

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From Dublin to Brussels

From Dublin to Brussels

Dear Brussels,

When the Treaty of Lisbon was signed in December 2007 the big story in the Irish media was Prime Minister Bertie Ahern’s financial affairs. The government was under pressure until he resigned in May 2008. During that time the campaign against the treaty got organised and effectively put the contents and implications of the treaty into question. Continue reading

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50 years ago

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50 years ago

50 years ago

05 May 1959: Tenth Anniversary of Council of Europe – Parliamentary debate in the Dáil Éireann
Elaine Rudolphi

Minister for External Affairs (Mr. Aiken): “Ten years ago to-day the Council of Europe was born. As one of the founder members it is right that we should recall that important and significant event in the history of Europe.
The Council was established because its members were, as the Statute states, “convinced that the pursuit of peace based upon justice and international co-operation is vital for the preservation of human society and civilisation.” Continue reading

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