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The European elections: a postscript

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 07 / October 2009.

European elections

European elections

The European elections: a postscript
Guido Dierickx

Why did so many individuals fail to participate in the recent elections for the European parliament: 57 %, up from 54,5 % in the previous ballot? This turnout has been subjected to all kinds of interpretations. It has been welcomed by eurosceptics and deplored by European federalists. The trouble with these interpretations is that they require an insight in the motivations of the (non-) voters, an insight notoriously difficult to acquire. Continue reading

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From Stockholm to Brussels

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 06 / July 2009.

From Stockholm to Brussels

From Stockholm to Brussels

Dear Brussels,

In 1995, Sweden voted in favour of joining the European Union. But the vote was won only by a narrow margin. The basically euro-sceptic stance of the past has softened considerably during the last few months. On June 12th, the Swedish people elected their members of the European Parliament in Brussels. Although only 48 percent of those eligible to vote made it to the ballot, this meant an increase from five years ago, and participation was above EU average. Continue reading

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Voter turnout and citizenship education

This article was posted in European Consciousness.

Elections

Elections

For Christians, Europe must always be subject to the measure of a more universal good. The Jesuit European Office takes a positive, though often critical, view of the EU, which enables member states to transcend their national identity and interests by exercising political authority together with other states; and by establishing economic arrangements that embody a transnational care for the weaker. The EU has the powerful negative virtue of challenging the idol of absolute national sovereignty that has brutalised so much of the twentieth century. Continue reading

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Party manifestos – Analysis

This article was posted in European Consciousness.

Analysis

Analysis

In partnership with the University Centre of St Ignatius, Antwerp (UCSIA) the Jesuit European Office hosted an evening of public debate on May 13th, considering the election manifestos of four of the major political groups of the European Parliament.

We present here a set of brief assessments of the respective manifestos by Professor Guido Dierickx sj, a member of the JEO team. Continue reading

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Towards a New Agenda

This article was posted in European Consciousness.

Panelists

Panelists

UCSIA and the Jesuit European Office OCIPE organised a debate, in the run-up to the European elections, on Wednesday 13th May 2009 in the Caritas Conference Room, in Brussels.

Moderator dr. Jan De Volder, political editor of Tertio, moderated the debate between Mr. Ronald Freudenstein (Centre for European Studies/EPP), Ms. Judith Tanczos (Foundation for European Progressive Studies/PES), Mr. Giulio Ercolessi (European Liberal Forum, henceforth ELF) and Mr. Claude Weinber (Heinrich Böll Stiftung/The Green Political Foundation). Continue reading

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Editorial

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 05 / April 2009.

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!

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 05 / April 2009.

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?

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 05 / April 2009.

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

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 05 / April 2009.

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?

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 05 / April 2009.

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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