Bursting the Bubble

Monthly Archives: March 2016

The EU needs to fight fear with hope

30 March 2016 | by

We live in uncertain times. Our lives are dominated by the narrative of fear and our societies have become a sombre epitome of divides that run deep and wide, but in principle follow the same logic of the “us” and “them” mentality. Global warming, the economic and refugee crises, Russia’s expansionist foreign policy and Islamic […]

The New Heating and Cooling Strategy: Warmer Homes, Cheaper Bills and More Efficient Industries

24 March 2016 | by

The European Commission has recently published its proposals for the Heating and Cooling sector, signaling the next stage in improving the energy efficiency and sustainability levels around Europe.  While the release has been low-key, partly overshadowed by other crises in the continent, its impact will be far reaching – beneficial both for the environment and […]

‘One In, One Out’ Deal Enters Uncharted Territory

23 March 2016 | by

While a cold and tense Brussels was in the grip of Abdesallam’s arrest, on the other side of town, the European leaders were finalising their agreement with Turkey. It had been a tough two days, with Turkey’s Prime Minister Davutoglu arriving under intense pressure to make a deal. And while the summit had been ongoing, President […]

Europe’s troublemakers: Similar style, different motives

21 March 2016 | by

During the frequent European Council summits, two men are certain to make the headlines lately. Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán has long been the pariah – or enfant terrible, depending on one’s political standpoint – of European politics. But over the past months, his Italian counterpart, Matteo Renzi has been just as outspoken, causing headaches to […]

Time to change it all!

18 March 2016 | by

Observers are focussing on the 23rd June referendum, but more important is what will happen on the 24th. If a majority votes to leave, will Commissioner Hill be buying a one-way ticket to London? Will the 73 British MEPs go back home immediately? If the ‘in’ side wins, can we imagine that everything will continue […]