Libere Paroli

  • Eight Parties Qualify for EP Elections in Hungary

    By on May 11, 2009
    Written by Dániel Antal Twenty-one political parties have intended to run for the Hungarian MEP seats, eight parties have qualified with collecting 20 thousand signed recommendations from the electorate. The qualification for the EP elections is easier than for the national elections. The failed parties are failed politicians groups or people that the vast majority treats as lunatics.
  • A Series of Elections in Central Europe

    By on April 12, 2009
    Written by Dániel Antal Central Europe is in a turbulent political mood. The Czech and the Hungarian republics, once the forerunners of political and economic reform have interim governments. In the newish states, the incumbents have gained further popular support in last weekends election series.
  • Crisis or Crime?

    By on April 1, 2009
    by Haroon Saad The word “crisis” is being used by mainstream political parties as if it’s an unwanted guest that has turned up. Politicians are having a field day falling over themselves to demonstrate their competence and vision in dealing with this unwanted guest.
  • Spaniards and the English language: Qu’est-ce que vous voulais?

    By on March 9, 2009
    Written by Daniel Perez Torralbo Spain is not the only European country where you can hardly communicate with native people in English. The EU language policy “promotes multilingualism and aims for a situation in which every EU citizen can speak at least two foreign languages in addition to their mother tongue”.
  • The heat’s on: the heat’s off

    By on March 7, 2009
    Let’s take an average Brussels energy politician.
  • One /ring/ tongue to bind them

    By on Feb. 28, 2009
    Written by Eamonn Fitzgerald Of course the Bulgarians will debate ebulliently in Bulgarian, just as the Italians will campaign indefinitely in Italian. And the French will argue fervently in French, while right up to the end, the Finns will deliberate in Finnish. But when the MEPs come to Brussels, they will all speak one language. And it won’t be Romanian.
  • Central Europe: Fertile Ground for Libertas?

    By on Feb. 28, 2009
    Written by Dániel AntalDeclan Ganley, the founder and main financier of the eurosceptic Libertas party and the man behind the Irish No-Lisbon campaign, have been touring Central Europe for political allies and recruiting local politicians for the Libertas party lists with mixed results.
  • Let Central Europe in the Eurozone

    By on Feb. 28, 2009
    Written by Dániel Antal Ever since the global financial crisis started, economists in Central Europe have been making the point that the best solution for a Europe-wide financial crisis would be to let Central Europe in the eurozone without the hassle of the Maastricht criteria that were drawn for different countries in different times.
  • Erase the CEE Label: Trying to Escape from the Trouble Zone

    By on Feb. 28, 2009
    Written by Dániel Antal I was bemused in the early 90s when there was a wave of thought in the Czech Republic which tried to prove that the country does not belong historically to Central Europe and it is indeed a Western European country.
  • What can your country do for the EU?

    By on Feb. 27, 2009
    Written by Frank Schnittger John F Kennedy famously said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. I want to pose a similar but slightly larger question to all the bloggers here: “Ask not what the EU can do for your country, but what your country can do for the EU?”. I know it’s not quite such a stirring patriotic question.