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.
On December 29th firefighters intervened to quell an arson in a building used as a mosque in Eslöv, a town in southern Sweden. Four days earlier, on Christmas Day, in Eskilstuna (in Southeast Sweden) a molotov had been thrown into a mosque through a window of the hall, the ground floor of a residential building: five people were injured. At the dawn of New Year's a third arsonist attack nearly damaged a mosque in the eastern town of Uppsala.
It is often said that today’s younger generations have grown disillusioned with politics and have been alienated by it. Yet, in the UK, a recently published Opinion poll conducted for the Observer presents a more optimistic landscape. Already back in September, the participation of 16-year-olds Scots in the referendum for independence, who were allowed to vote for the first time, proved to be important and there is now a debate on whether lowering the legal age to vote to 16.
This week, the United Kingdom has made two steps towards gender equality: the first female bishop was appointed and on Friday the Ministry of Defence (MoD) published a review in favour of lifting the ban on women in the army serving in the front line. While the first step has been widely acclaimed both in the UK and abroad, there is still much debate on the second one, with discontent among both supporters and opponents of the reform.
«Do not believe that the Mafia is only an Italian problem», says Georges Dassis, president of the Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). In 2013, Europol identified 3,600 criminal organizations operating in EU member states: 70% of these organizations manage international operations while the rest operate at local and national level. Every year the national governments are deprived of 670 billion euros worth of revenue. According to Dassis, «If our Governments would decide to fight against the crime, they would save 100 billion euros per year of their own budget, almost double of what they receive as structural funds.»
One of the few certain things about the general elections that will take place in May 2015 is that Labour needs to change its strategy if it wishes to keep its voters and have a chance of stealing those of the Conservatives, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) or the Scottish National Party (SNP).
Back in 1971 the American philosopher John Rawls published a book with the purpose of establishing principles of justice for the basic structure of society. In A Theory of Justice Rawls argued that the best way to decide on these principles was to imagine to be in an hypothetical “original position” where one is placed under a “veil of ignorance”, under which he has no knowledge of our social status, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, skills, and so on.