Bursting the Bubble

Monthly Archives: February 2013

Farewell to Stéphane Hessel, the man who gave ideological substrate to the social unrest

28 February 2013 | by

The ‘Indignados’ movement’s participants in Spain, throughout their breakaway yet inclusive attempts, refused to wear any political labels. “We are neither left, nor right,” they used to emphasize during their first spontaneous assemblies in 2011. Instead, they proudly exhibited an intellectual affiliation with a 95-year-old rebel – Stéphane Hessel. Hessel died on the 27th of […]

The Migrant’s Journal, Vol.1: Voting Rights

26 February 2013 | by

“A man without a vote is a man without protection”, according to Lyndon B. Johnson. About 3% of EU citizens live in a EU member state other than their own, according to Eurostat. A very simplistic Aristotelian syllogism at this point would lead to the conclusion that almost 3% of EU citizens live with only […]

Island-Nation or Island-Notion?

25 February 2013 | by

On Jan. 23rd 2013, the British Prime Minister David Cameron gave-in to Eurosceptic pressure and promised to hold a referendum on British EU-membership, should the Conservative Party win a parliamentary majority in 2015. This decision is a gamble with the British economy causing waves of uncertainty across the Union. The reasons for this move are […]

Americans interested in EPA??

25 February 2013 | by

Both in the United States and in Europe, I constantly get asked why an American should have any interest in the European Union or Europe in general besides just as a vacation destination. Why on earth would an American study European Public Affairs? While many of my American friends at University have decided to specialize […]

The European Citizens’ Initiative; A Laborious Start

25 February 2013 | by

Yesterday (10 February 2013), the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) ‘Water is a Human Right’ succeeded in collecting 1 million signatures of EU citizens. It is the first of the 15 open ECIs to reach the required amount of signatures. The ECI has been created by the Lisbon Treaty* to enhance participatory and direct democracy, addressing […]