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.
Weak Governance facilitated the growth of radicalism. Terrorism globally represents one of the biggest challanges nowadays for international stability. The number of terrorists in 2014 doubled in comparison with 2004. Sub‐Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and southern Asia are the regions mostly hit by terrorism.
European Population grew by about 30 million during the last decades. In the meantime the number of cars rose by around 84 million. Transports sector is the only one where the greenhouse gas emissions increased since 1990 and it represents also the main cause of pollution, especially in urban areas. However technologies have significantly reduced emissions of air pollutants in spite of traffic growth .
Now it is not a good time for Europe, the euro and the European integration. There is someone who wants to exit, someone who is negotiating EU membership, some threaten a referendum to leave EU or the euro, eurosceptic parties win elections in different member states. However, most respondents declared to be in favor to Europe and euro in a survey by the German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung. What is lacking, as EU citizens respodents said in the survey, is a greater EU political integration and there are fears EU is going in the wrong direction.
How to fill the skills-mismatch in the EU? Through qualified jobs, it seems to be the answer. Europe needs skills that are not thaught in schools, but are usually learned through concrete and informal experiences. According to an analysis conducted by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training “European skills and jobs”, many of the skills Europe needs for sustainable economic recovery will be learned at work.
Relationships between EU Commission and the tobacco industry have not been transparent enough. There’s nothing new under the sun, we already know the Maltese Commissioner John Dalli’s scandal who had to resign under Barroso’s Commission in 2012. Nowadays Emily O’Reilly, the European Ombudsman, conducted an inquiry and has found unclear meetings and relations between the Commission and the tobacco’s organizations. The EU Commission is not fully implementing the UN World Health Organization (WHO) rules on transparency about the meetings with tobacco industry’s lobbyists.
Women in Europe, between part time jobs, houseworks and family assistance are still undervalued and there is still a significant salary gap with their male collegues. The gender gap varies in different member states : between less than 10% to 20%. That’s what is written in an analysis by European Parliament on gender equality in employment. In Europe women earn about 16 % less than men.
“120,000 refugees? We are ridiculous given the scale of the problem”. That’s what Juncker said at the beguinning of the EU Home Affairs ministers meeting, he reminded that Lebanon and Jordan host milions of refugees . This summit reflects the internal divisions in the EU : Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary voted against the relocation plan , Finland abstained. A majority vote was needed.