People always complain that their governments don’t consult them enough. Maybe it’s for a good reason?
Images of terror in concert arenas, markets and other popular public places haunt citizens of Europe after the dismal events of the recent weeks in Manchester and London. As popular artists such as Ariana Grande and The Black Eyed Peas belt out hymns of hope in response to these acts of terror, the media ceases to highlight the threat of radical extremism both in Europe and abroad.
Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, promised a turning point regarding migration this Wednesday before the summit of the European Council. However, nothing new under the sun during these two days of negotiations. Tusk, President of the EU Council, stated that "the situation remains critical" and the EU will continue its efforts to contain the flow of people migrating.
As they met at the European Council in Brussels on the 22nd and 23rd of June, EU heads of state and government agreed to open the possibility for binding legislation against hateful online content. The initiative was mainly pushed forward by France and the UK, which had already been working on an action plan when they met last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.