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.
This month sees the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the first organised military operation against British rule in Ireland since the 18th century. Although it was suppressed after six days and its leaders executed, it was the turning point in Irish history, and through a mixture of election victories and armed rebellion, Ireland gained independence from Britain in 1919: except that the British did not surrender Northern Ireland, which remains home to an imported population of Scots-Irish Protestants who do not support independence from Britain and do not identify themselves as Irish.
They run away under pressure, with children in their arms, sometimes they are even pregnant, they are victims of phisical and sexual violences, but they do all is their hands to cross the border. Isolated in the host countries, without access to jobs opportunities, trainings and languages classes. They are refugees women who run away from wars. It is the International Day for women, but there is no much to celebrate about.
Briefings, coffees, meetings in the corridors of EU Brussels buildings, among lobbists and EU representatives to make pressure on European legislation. But who are the lobbists that meet whit EU administrators and EU Meps? And what intereststhey represent?
The life-term contract does not exist anymore and especially young people have to get use to it. In Europe more than one in ten emplyees are employed on temporary contracts, even if they would prefer a permanent job. That’s what Eurofound data tell us: the number of temporary employees grew by 25% in the EU27 between 2001 and 2012, compared with a growth rate of 7% in permanent employees. Italy is one of the countries where temporary jobs rised up.
In British elections, it is quite usual to have a few oddball independent candidates standing together with candidates from the major parties: often people campaigning on some local issue, like a hospital closure. But in the General Election of May 2015 there was something slightly different happening in the constituency of Ashfield.
After months the lack of trasparency in meetings between EU and tobacco lobbies is still there. That’s what the European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly affirms, she regrets that European Commission did not choose the way of trasparency on meetings with tobacco industries and did not pay attention to the recomendations by the Ombudsman after the inquery by an NGO on the issue.
Terrorists have huge amount of sources at their disposal and EU Commission is trying to tackle this issue with a strategic plan to fight against the financing of terrorists. Terrorists collect finances for their terrorist acts from licit or illicit activities, money laundering or commerce of arms. Arms that have been produced by at least twenty-five countries, USA, Russia, China and some EU member state according to Amnesty International report.
Not-one single country anywhere in the world is corruption free. Italy is still very far from its goals in the rank of corruption. That’s what Transparency International said in its report, the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI ) that analyses the situation in 168 countries . Italy is ranked 61 with a score of 44 points on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt ) to 100 (very clean), same score of Lesotho, Senegal, Montenegro and South Africa. While Italy is the penultimate in EU countries rank. Denmark, Sweden and Finland are the less corrupted. Compared to last year's global rank our country gained a point in the score, from 43 to 44, and eight positions in the rank from 69 to 61.
Immigration is an humanitarian and economic challenge at the same time.“Among economic migrants to Germany in recent years, the share of highly qualified persons with for example a tertiary degree exceeded the respective share iin the native population (35% vs 20%), according to the Berlin Institute for Population and Development” Klaus Zimmerman Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor said during the debate “ The economic integration of migrants and refugees” organized by the economic think tank Bruegel.