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Europäische Solidarität – nicht zum Nulltarif

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Solidarity - image: Wikimedia

Artikel von Friedhelm Hengsbach, Nell-Breuning Institut

Die Europäische Union steht Kopf – nicht aus voller Begeisterung, mit der die Fans des Frauenfußballs derzeit in die Stadien der Weltmeisterschaft strömen. Vielmehr aus Sorge, Unruhe und Ratlosigkeit. Zahlreiche Menschen zweifeln daran, dass der real existierende Kapitalismus Recht hat, nur weil er in der Systemkonkurrenz siegreich war, und dass die finanzwirtschaftlichen und politischen Eliten in der Lage sind, mit der Finanzkrise fertig zu werden und die Verschuldungskrise europäischer Staaten zu bewältigen. Continue reading

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The Council on discrimination on the basis of religion

This article was posted in European Consciousness.
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Consilium - image: wikimedia

Download the original document: Council Conclusions on intolerance, discrimination and violence on the basis of religion or belief

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Déchirer le grand mur

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EU-China relations - image: europeanpeoplesparty (cc: by)

La journée d’étude sur les rapports de la Chine et de l’Union Européenne n’a pas voulu esquiver les obstacles à leurs échanges mutuels. La variété des sujets y prêtait: Les relations politiques, les perceptions mutuelles, la situation économique, le climat et la question sociale. Ces thèmes ont été abordés par des intervenants tant de la Chine continentale que de Taiwan ou d’Europe. Politiques, diplomates, professeurs d’université, et chercheurs ont apporté des contributions variées qui ont montré à la fois le besoin de connaissance mutuelle mais aussi de patience devant les difficultés d’un vrai dialogue… Continue reading

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“Europe 2020″: La nouvelle stratégie décennale européenne

This article was posted in European Consciousness.
Europe 2020 - image: European Commission

Europe 2020 - image: European Commission

Même pour ceux des citoyens qui s’intéressent peu aux questions européennes, la ville de Lisbonne est assez spontanément associée au Traité du même nom, entré en vigueur le 1er décembre 2009. Bien moins connue est la “stratégie de Lisbonne”, lancée le 24 mars 2000 lors du Conseil Européen tenu en cette ville. Encore plus confidentielle est la nouvelle stratégie décennale “Europe 2020″, actuellement en phase de finalisation et qui devrait être définitivement approuvée dans ses détails, notamment en termes d’objectifs spécifiques assignés à chaque Etat Membre, lors du Conseil Européen de décembre 2010.
Cet article vise à présenter cette nouvelle stratégie. Dans un premier temps, il apparaît toutefois indispensable de revenir sur la stratégie de Lisbonne elle-même, son objectif et les difficultés rencontrées dans sa mise en œuvre, avec à la clef, un résultat plutôt décevant, pour comprendre le contexte dans lequel la stratégie “Europe 2020″ a été élaborée. Continue reading

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The Reform of the CAP

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 11 / October 2010.
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The Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy
José Ignacio García Jiménez

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is due to be reformed by 2013; during its fifty-year existence the CAP has undergone a constant process of modification, especially in recent decades.
The primary aim of the CAP has remained unchanged, to assure a supply of sufficient, healthy food to the population of the EU. Over time, modifications have been made to tackle the problem of the market distortion caused by the production subsidies and exportation subsidies have been downshifted to promote competition. More recently the CAP has incorporated the criterion of sustainability, stressing how agriculture fulfils public goods (such as the protection of biodiversity and of landscapes), since such goods are not rewarded by the market. Continue reading

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The Poverty Reduction target

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 11 / October 2010.
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European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

EU2020 and Poverty Reduction target: The ‘European Platform against Poverty’
Hervé Pierre Guillot

Concluding a series of articles written in relation to the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (EY2010), JEO focuses in this last quarterly newsletter of 2010 on the ‘European Platform against Poverty’, one of the seven ‘flagship initiatives’ provided for in the new ten-year European Strategy known as EU2020 (for more information on the framework of EU2020, see JEOletter No. 9, April 2010, Birth pangs of a new strategy).
In order to reach a ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’ by year 2020, five ‘headline targets’ have been singled out, dealing with employment, Research and Development (R&D), environment, education and poverty. The last, dealing more precisely with a European-wide poverty reduction target, saw bitter wrangling between the Commission and the Council in Spring 2010. Continue reading

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From London to Brussels

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 11 / October 2010.

From London to Brussels

From London to Brussels

Dear Brussels,

I would love to be able to write that “everyone here sends their greetings and is asking for you” but the truth is I can’t remember a time when there has been so little talk about you here, when “the question of Europe” has been so very quiet.
That is probably good news, though, because when Europe is in the news here it is usually with a negative slant – bureaucrats in Brussels telling us we have to sell our fruit and vegetables in kilograms instead of our beloved pounds and ounces, the creeping transfer of sovereignty from our representatives in Westminster to a European administration that seems remote and less accountable, millions of pounds of our taxpayers’ hard-earned money being spent on subsidising inefficient French farmers – you know the kind of thing. Continue reading

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European Year 2010 – 4

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 10 / July 2010.

European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

In three months, poverty has increased in the EU by 35 million!
Hervé Pierre Guillot

At the Spring European Council in March this year in Brussels, EU Heads of State and Government were supposed to focus on the new EU2020 European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth to take over from the Lisbon strategy. The Greek crisis overshadowed the Spring Council and the new strategy could only be briefly discussed. Continue reading

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From Brussels to Brussels

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 10 / July 2010.

From Brussels to Brussels

From Brussels to Brussels

Dear Brussels,

The Lisbon Treaty – a pale replica of the draft Constitution – has been labelled a pre-enlargement and pre-crisis Treaty for an EU which has meanwhile extended to 27 Member States and is today confronted with the most serious recession since WWII.

Today’s agenda in the EU focuses on three issues: firstly, how to strengthen the governance of the eurozone against the twin dangers of speculation, a potential cause of break up, and of deflation along Japanese lines which would entail severe social suffering and perilous political unrest? Continue reading

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Une diplomatie tous azimuts

This article was posted in European Consciousness.

Turkey

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L’économie turque se porte bien grâce à sa proximité des grands marchés européens. Au fil des ans, Ankara devient surtout un acteur incontournable, un pays de transit pour permettre au gaz et au pétrole de la Russie et spécialement de la Caspienne de parvenir jusqu’à la Méditerranée. Depuis cette base, la Turquie est dans une position clé pour alimenter les pays de l’Europe du sud et du centre assoiffés de ces apports aussi importants pour le développement économique que le sang dans le corps humain, selon une expression chère à Winston Churchill dans les batailles énergétiques de naguère. Continue reading

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