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.
After six months without a government, Spaniards will be going back to the polls three days after Brexit. Another parliamentary monarchy like the UK, politically however, a number of peculiarities characterize Spain as compared with the rest of Europe.
Europe is launching two immigration plans at the same time. On one hand EU needs to integrate migrants, and to attract them because the population is getting older, the work force will decline in the upcoming years by about 20 millions of people. On the other hand a plan to stop irregular migrations and to help migrants in their own countries is day after day urgent, the EU Commission affirms.
Yanis Varoufakis has moved smoothly from radical professor to failed finance minister to international celebrity. His latest triumph is to get Noam Chomsky to join DiEM25, the international political movement he is trying to get off the ground. In America, this puts him into superstar territory. In Greece, he remains principally a theorist of the Greek economic catastrophe, speaking in technical terms about the specifics of the country’s endless-seeming negotations with the ‘troika’ of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF. But as Great Britain’s referendum on leaving the European Union approaches, I would like to focus on another version of Yanis Varoufakis: the English version.
Slavery still exists, in a modern way, in the world and in Europe. In the general indifference there are 45.8 millions of slavers in the world, such as human trafficking victims, forced workers, victims of sexual exploitation. Italy is second in Europe, after Poland, for the number of new slaves: 129 thousand, ten times France.
There are several reasons to think that IS and other terroristic groups will organize other attacks in Europe, in France in particular, again in the future. The intent is to cause mass casualties amongst the population. That’s what is affirmed in the beginning of the report “Changes in modus operandi of the Islamic State terrorism attacks” that underlines the need to better develop the exchange of information between EU states. In this report, published in January 2016 and presented at the European Parliament in the last days, it is affirmed how there is no concrete evidence that terrorists use the flow of migrants to enter Europe unnoticed.
One story that Boris Johnson will never shake off is his sister Rachel’s assertion that as a child he used to say his ambition was to be ‘world king’. He has been making moves in that direction ever since. He has just completed two successful terms as Mayor of London, where his amiable manners and jocular turn of phrase have made him the most popular politician in the United Kingdom; and now he is currently making a high-stakes power play. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has committed his own future to the idea that the UK must stay inside the European Union, and Johnson has responded by trying to become the face of the Leave campaign.
Women get involved in terrorism too. That’s a factor still underestimated that has a strong influence, according to a recent study by the European Parliament. That’s an increasing concern about “foreign fighters” who joined Isil and may return, if they are not already back, to Europe to commit terrorist attacks.
Trapped in Greece. That’s the title of the report by Amnesty International on fifty thousands migrants trapped in Greece. The country that is already suffering for austerity measures and a devastating economic crisis now has to face with one of the biggest humanitarian challenges of the last years, among the egoism of member states in much better conditions. The EU immigration plans until now have failed.
Europe and tax havens around the world, there is still a lack of transparency. From David Cameron’s dad to Petro Poroscenko and Lionel Messi, many individuals and companies have taken advantages of tax havens. One week after the Panama Paper leak came out, the European Commission will present tomorrow a legislative proposal on Country by Country Reporting directive (CBCR) .
Training and education, mine risk education, recreational activities and psychosocial support. These are some of the activities that EU Commission supports children with education in emergencies situations.That’s of course a great initiative, but it is taking place while irregular migrants or migrants are not accepted as refugees and sent back to the “democratic” Turkey.