The many adventurous paths that lead to a European Union: involving politics, society, culture, economics, finance, the military.
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One of the things that some people notice coming back to Dublin after a period of absence is the steady increase of ‘made in Asia’ businesses, Chinese fast food in northern neighborhoods, Pakistani shops in central streets near the river Liffey, fine Nepalese restaurants in some southern area of the city, but many other foreign activities are increasing as well.
While in these hours Greece is trying to remain in the Euro zone facing the harsh conditions imposed by the EU, at the same time there is another drama on-going, the migrants who arrive to the Greek shores. Between January 1st and 22nd, 2015, 61,474 refugees arrived to the Aegean islands. The number of arrivals seems to have increased by around 5 thousands per week in the first three weeks of June.
TTIP here we are again. But this time the Parliament should be able to express its position on the negotiations. After a plenary session last June where an agreement was far and after a long debate in Strasbourg, it seems that the EU Parliament may arrive to give its reccomendations on TTIP.
As the last bodies of the 30 British people killed in the attack on the Tunisian beach of Sousse return home and the anniversary of the London terrorist attack that took place on July 7th2007 approaches, the United Kingdom is called once again to reflect upon terrorism and how far the day of its defeat is.
In these hours Greece is protagonist on the EU scene, but the crisis, problems, austerity meausures started already years ago. Already in 2012 50% of the young people were unemployed. The rate of inactivity, NEET who do not work nor study, doubled between 2007 and 2013, it became more than 20% , the highest percentage in Europe. While the EU 2020 target is 10%.
On Wednesday, June 24th, talks on the formation of the government registered a new setback, following elections, held on 18th June, for the renewal of one hundred seventy-nine members of the Folketing, the unicameral parliament of Denmark.
Even if some member states try to stop the “waves” of EU migrants, in reality the mobility in Europe is still very low. Furthermore in some areas of Europe it is still difficult to fill the open job vacancies in some sectors. While in some member states the rate of unemployment is very high, in some others there is a good job offer rate.
This weekend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the British title for the Minister of Finance, George Osborne and the Pension Minister Ian Duncan Smith announced that further austerity measures will be included in the next budget. The announcement was made as thousands of people across the United Kingdom gathered in several cities to protest against government imposed austerity. The new measures will consist in £12bn of welfare cuts per year in order to reduce benefits and public spending, which will add to the £21bn reductions carried out by the previous government. These cuts, the ministers argued, are necessary to bring back “sanity” to a system that has been abused for years and reform a “damaging culture of welfare dependency”.
“We are not animals” “We are human beings”. Signs in Ventimiglia. That’s what they have to remind us and the EU governments of. Furthermore, “Where is the humanity?”. While after nights sleeping on the rocks, migrants who were waiting to cross the border to France have been forced to leave by the police. They would like to join their relatives, some hope for better conditions and faster asylum seekers recognition procedures, the way it works in some North EU countries. They do not want to stay in Italy.
As it often happens, politicians’ wages are a controversial topic. In the UK, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), which is the body that regulates the pay of MPs, has recently announced that the pay of parliamentarians should be increased by 10%, from £67,060 annual to £74,000. The announcement followed a two-year period of review aimed at addressing complaints that the pay had dropped behind the rest of the public sector.