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Monthly Archives: March 2014

A stronger role for German as a working language of the European Commission

31 March 2014 | by

An article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung this week has brought wider attention to an issue that has always been important to me – namely the role of German in the European Institutions. German stands amongst 23 other languages as an official language of the EU. German, owing to being the most spoken native tongue in […]

A Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy: 2014 Edition

28 March 2014 | by

Yesterday, Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy/Commission Vice-President and Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement & Neighbourhood Policy presented together the latest update on the European Union’s relations with its Neighbouring countries, the so-called “European Neighbourhood Policy Annual Package”. This package is composed of a Communication entitled, “Neighbourhood at the […]

Obama Administration Adds TTIP to ‘To Do’ List

27 March 2014 | by

American Rebound In November 2012, the Obama administration seemed to be a political juggernaut. In sync with the upbeat rhythm of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’, President Barack Obama strode to the podium to accept a second term victory. It was an endorsement from the electorate which put a resounding stamp of approval on his […]

Hungary’s Democratic Standards: a Slippery Slope to Autocracy

26 March 2014 | by

A litmus test for any democracy is free and fair elections. Since accession to power in 2010, Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party has worked hard to enact legal and often constitutional changes which have, in consequence, moved the country away from democratic principles. Hungary has become a country where all executive and control mechanisms have been […]

MEP López Aguilar: “Europe should use its last opportunity to restore the European social model”

21 March 2014 | by

Juan Fernando López Aguilar is the head of the Spanish delegation of the PES and the current president of the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee. In this interview, the Canarian lawyer and politician links the promise of a better Europe with a turn to the left, asking pro-Europeans to believe and to vote.