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  • E-democracy: a bridge between the EU and its citizens

    By on June 21, 2017

    In an increasingly digitalized world, democracy has to adapt to a new environment. In order to bridge the gap between citizens and governments, and to promote the citizens’ participation in the democratic process, EU Member States have started exploring e-democracy tools. Elisa Lironi, Digital Democracy Manager of ECAS, gave EU-logos her expert opinion on the question.

  •  Anglade and the great Belgian escape

    By on June 5, 2017

    Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade is the perfect example of what the Macron movement En Marche is trying to achieve: gathering young europhiles front stage. After working at the European Parliament, he was chosen as a candidate for En Marche, notably for their 4th constitutency of French citizens abroad during the Belgian legislative elections. It was all uphill from there. 

  • Europe and disabilities : forever behind the times?

    By on May 25, 2017

    After a long year and a half of rehabilitation from the effects of a stroke, being hired as a trainee at the European Parliament was a chance for me to find out more about what the Parliament is doing for people with disabilities. I met with some MEPs who are particularly involved with this cause and with the Disability Intergroup. 

  • Trump in Tweets: 100 Days told in 140 characters

    By on May 9, 2017

    On April 29, 100 days had passed since Donald Trump became POTUS. That didn’t stop him from keeping his Twitter account @realDonaldTrump more than alive. The mainstream (a.k.a FAKE NEWS) media refuse to recognize his achievements, he says? Well, Donald Trump is all about self-advertising. So let’s look back on 100 days through 10 selected tweets.

  • Electric interconnections: A new European solidarity?

    By on May 8, 2017

    Interconnections are keys to the construction of an electric common market. But, in order to function well, solidarity has to remain essential. With Brexit, the EU needs more than ever solidarity and to stay united.

  • Brexit : Sit up!

    By on May 3, 2017

    On Saturday 29th of April, the 27 member States’ and governments’ leaders agreed on negotiations’ guidelines with UK. Let the party begin!

  • Brexit: A linguistic Bing Bang?

    By on April 28, 2017

    With member States’ and governments’ leaders gathering this weekend to launch the Brexit negotiations’ process, one question is becoming increasingly relevant that of the European Union’s future. With Great Britain leaving the EU, the English could lose its rank of official language within the Union. What then, are the consequences for the institutions, their work and the citizens involved?

  • European Union, why are you so distant?

    By on April 15, 2017

    47% of citizens don't favor the EU, according to a report published by the Pew Research Center in 2016. European nationals and media feel they are being misinformed and dismissed as far as European affairs are concerned. But isn't the EU a victim of misinformation and misunderstandings as well? And doesn't the media contribute to it in its own way?

  • The common agricultural policy remains one step behind the 21st century

    By on April 6, 2017

    As we just celebrated the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome, it should be recalled that the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was one of the first policies implemented at the communitarian level, adopted far before the EU came into existence. Yet, it seems now lagging behind the challenges of the 21st century.

  • Pollution in Brussels: Hold your breath

    By on Feb. 14, 2017

    A Brussels’ court allowed the regional government to ignore the pollution levels at Arts-Loi until the end of the year, when an ongoing legal process will end.  Pedestrians at Arts-Loi breathed this winter an air which pollution duplicates the EU limits.