In the Italian Cafébabel I write about the first part of Stieg Larsson’s triology Millenium al cinema, ma senza “suspense svedese”. Not my favourite film, but I was not a fan to begin with. What do you think ?
I've got Europe in my home. In my cupboard, in my mobile phone, in my fridge, in my bed... well just about everywhere in my life.
I am talking about directives orginiating from the EU, and they can amount to suprising numbers in the day of an ordinary citizen. So I am collecting facts about regulations met by an ordinary citizen in an ordinary day.
Problems test the friendship, and in these adverse time financial crisis, many find it difficult to think about further enlargement. Fredrik Segerfeldt from Sweden argues in the article that there is No reason to stop at 27. Segerfeldt has written a report for the European Enterprise Institute about it.
The single institution that works as a drivning force for European integration today is the European Court of Justice. That is irony for you. So, what should the European parliamentary election in June be about? How about really investing in a political union? Or should the European Union become more driven by experts and less political?
Interestingly, there could be an issue that vitalises the elections to the European Parliament no one ever though of; the issue of Internet policy and intellectual property. In EU Debate of Café Babel, I write about the Swedish Pirate Party and the question of Internet piracy.
Wille Fahler at the Ministryoftruth gives an interesting take on the economic crisis in On Money & Recessions - Recessions are not the problem. The difficult question is if this could mean that the many large programmes enacted by governments all over Europe are in fact bad investments? What do you think?
It is very interesting to read about the La Bola de Cristal TV-programme on post-Franco dictatorship Spanish TV. As a representative of La Movida, it seemed to tackle difficult topics with a particular punk rock style.
Of course, it was the aftermath of dictatorship that opened the door to pent up creativity. But there was a similar spirit of the times in Sweden in the 80's too.
Last time Sweden had the presidency was under Prime Minister Göran Persson in 2001, will the new government of Fredrik Reinfeldt be better at the helm?
Göran Persson’s government was not really interested in the European Union.