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The latest Eurobarometer survey published 7 September tells us once again what EU citizens think about and expect from the EU. Though the positive ratings have kept falling during the last decades, 53% of citizens still consider that, on balance, their country has benefited more from membership than not being EU member. With the exception… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

23 years after the bloody destitution of President Ceaucesco from power and five years after joining the EU, Romania`s credentials as a fully democratic country respecting the rule of law continue to fall short of EU constitutional standards as laid down in the Lisbon Treaty. This has become visible in the most recent power fight… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In less than six months the 200-odd parties of the UNFCCC will meet once again to discuss on how to cope with the earth’s most pressing challenge: halting climate change. This time, they will get together in Qatar, a country that has the highest per capita C02 emissions and an absence of effective policies to… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

With China and and the USA starting their phase-out of incandescent light bulbs in October 2012, the world will soon be without the venerable lighting system that has been with us since the19th century when Humphrey Davy invented the arc lighting (1806) and Thomas Edison made it safer and commercially viable (1879). Much more energy-efficient… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The European Council meeting of 28/29 June 2012 may enter history as having advanced further towards a deeper union among European countries, accompanied by a progressive split among Euro and non-Euro members. It has also demonstrated the ever rising complexity of decisions taken. Shaping European policy has never been easy and keeps becoming more and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The parallel announcement Sunday June 10 by the Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy and EU Commissioner Oli Rehn that the Spanish government would ask for an EU support up to € 100 billion to recapitalise and restructure its ailing banks has been received with great relief by the political and financial class across the world and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The EU is facing its worst ever economic and financial crisis. Unemployment has reached intolerable levels. One in ten EU active citizens and one in four Spaniards are out of work. To overcome the crisis Europe needs to step up productive investments, rapidly and without bureaucratic strings. Most governments are not willing or able to… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein