The many adventurous paths that lead to a European Union: involving politics, society, culture, economics, finance, the military.
A co-authored blog to describe the complexity of a new concept.
The tragedy on October 3rd 2013, in Lampedusa, were 366 victims were counted, should have been the last time. It did not go like that, months pass and Europe continues to count deaths. More than one thousands in two days. Europe recognizes the limits of its instruments, the failure of Triton mission, even if it remains resigned, the fault fall back on the member states. Tears, protests, condolences messages come in succession. Triton’s results are for the eyes of everyone, they show the failure that is not only related to these last days.
Still a long way to go in fight against poverty, especially among women. In Europe, poverty has a woman's face. A recent study by the European Parliament says that the risk of poverty for parents with dependent children is higher for single mothers than men in the same situation: 19% compared to 17%, respectively. The rates of poverty among women are different across member states, 7% in Denmark, and 30% in Romania. In Italy 24%.
The British general elections are less than four weeks away and the tension is rising, with some politicians turning political issues into personal attacks. It is the case of the conservative Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, who on Thursday has accused the Labour’s leader Ed Miliband of being capable of stabbing Britain’s national interest in the back in the same way he did his brother to gain the Labour leadership. The Defence Secretary was referring to the allegation that Miliband would abandon the renewal of Britain’s nuclear deterrent in order to have the support of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and become Prime Minister.
During the Ukrainian crisis, in the North of Europe a Vladimir Putin statement has not gone unnoticed, when he declared that "the bear does not ask anyone's permission, the bear does not give anyone his forest" maybe because the bear which was mentioned incarnates Russia, a country that throughout its history has often confused its forest and that of Finland and not only by means of the jokes: on Wednesday 1st April the newspaper "Helsingin Sanomat" reported that a Finnish entrepreneur was denied permission to continue his business in the Russian Federation, where he had operated for decades.
On one hand, the policies to close the European borders and exacerbate the immigration laws are taken for granted nowadays, like strategies to reduce benefits and rights for EU migrants in order to stop the migration wave from European countries and non-EU countries. On the other hand, some countries, in particular Germany, will have a need of qualified workers to provide for the demographic gap and its consequences on the labor market in the next decades.
Stories about startup are very frequent nowadays. Indeed they represent one of the few hopes for restarting the economy and job growth in our country. Stories about people who leave Italy to look for a job, but also stories about people who decide to stay in our country and invest trying to change the destiny of our sick country. There are stories as well on people who, after experiences abroad, more convinced and creative than before, decide to come back to their origins and invest close to their home towns.
The economic crisis and austerity measures did not save any aspect of EU citizens’ daily life in many countries. In particular, the rights to work, pensions, education and healthcare have been hit. But also the access to justice and freedom of expression. A report by the European Parliament investigated the impact of the policies and crisis in the last years in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, and Cyprus. Meanwhile, Tsipras shows the humanitarian crisis following the austerity measures in Greece.
A positive evaluation of the Italian semester in terms of transparency and anticorruption. That’s what Transparency International writes in its report . However, if on one hand the communication with citizens and stakeholder has been very efficient, on the other hand there is a lack of transparency on the expenses and the budget of the Italian Presidency in the EU. “Transparency usually increases the trust of the citizens and the efficiency of institutions, and it is the harbinger of anticorruption” said Virginio Carnevali, President of Transparency International Italy.