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EU faces prospect of ‘coup d’état’ by European Council

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(Also published on The Parliament Magazine) The 2014 European elections will be remembered as those that transformed the EU into a sort of Parliamentary democracy by indirectly electing the president of the European Commission, or as those that ditched the whole process and lead instead to the first “coup d’état” operated by the European Council […]

The race for the 2014 EP Elections begins: the Convention of the EUROPEAN FEDERALIST PARTY

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THE BEGINNING OF THE 2014 ELECTION CAMPAIGN. At a time when talking about European federalism is no more a taboo, the European Federalist Party is organising its European Convention which will take place  in Rome at the Hotel Dei Congressi on November 3-4.   The theme chosen for the convention is “Towards a stronger Europe”. […]

My contribution to the “Reflection Group on the Future of Europe”

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Writing in two paragraphs which are the main challenges for Europe is far from being an easy task. For sure there are many policy areas in which Europe should be able to give its contribution both internally (e.g. by increasing the solidarity and cooperation among the peoples of Europe), and internationally (e.g. by rising its […]

The European Citizens’ Initiative: 1 million signatures to have our voice heard.

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By Pietro De Matteis As some of you might be aware of currently there is a public consultation with regards to the European Citizens’ Initiative. This has been introduced by the Lisbon Treaty and allows 1 million citizens from the EU to present to the European Commission a request to propose legislation on a certain […]

Two challenging choices for EU’s future: President Van Rompuy and HR Ashton

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Brussels, 19 November 2009 Author: Pietro De Matteis Many words have been written about the appointment procedure of the two new positions set up by the Lisbon treaty and on the possible candidates.  What we have experienced on 19th December is once again a process carried out behind closed doors despite the fact that some Member […]

Lisbon Treaty passed with decisive 67% in favour

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European News, source: The Irish Times Ireland has passed the second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty with an overwhelming majority of 67 per cent in favour as just two of the 43 constituencies voted against it. Taoiseach Brian Cowen said credit for the result rested with the Irish people who had shown a determination to […]

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