Open Democracy lits a candle for Europe on its troubled birthday, but also argues that EU leaders must still earn their birthday champagne. They also look back to 1957 and dare to look forward to 2057.
The EU is celebrating its birthday, but it’s not quite sure of its identity. Might be true, but is this bad?
Young people at the youth summit say: This is the Europe we want! And soon gather again at the European Youth Week to request “Nothing about us without us: give us more democracy!”
300 young journalists take hold of the European Parliament: Release youth media!
Philosopher and social scientist Jürgen Habermas proposes for citizens to vote on a democratisation referendum in 2009. “The governments have to recognise their own powerlessness and dare to use democracy.”
The Guardian finds it’s harder to look forward.
At 50, the European Union – America’s pampered godchild – is overweight and badly dressed.
“Like it or not, if we have a united Europe we survive. If not, we are dead.”, argues Romani Prodi. His successor, Jose Manuel Barroso, contends that “Europe needs a vision to inspire its citizens in the next 50 years”.
Very different things can happen in two different places within the same 10 minutes.
For that, the European Parliament looks great.
Inside Europe: The European Radio Weekly. One of the best podcast about, on and in Europe.
Eurotopics. Excellent daily press review following the most important political, cultural and social debates.
Europhobia is the blog of Nosemonkey. I’m not joking. It’s good!
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