Time to end the veto

The new US president tours Europe, and the need to abolish national vetos on EU policy becomes ever clearer.    As Joe Biden arrives in Brussels on his European tour, he will try to meet with the EU. The  European side will be represented by Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, two of the bloc’s co-Presidents. The three no doubt talked about...

So it turns out you can save the world… this is how

What’s our purpose in life? Can I really make a difference? Should I really get involved? Cutting through our existential angst, the historic victory of climate campaigners over the oil industry last week says yes, saving the world is possible, if we try.   We all have our off days, when it’s cloudy outside and we don’t want to get out of...

Hijacking over Belarus: Draw a line in the sand

Every so often, history generates a moment of truth, an event which defines actions to come. The hijacking of Ryanair flight FR4978 and the kidnapping of Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega is exactly that. The EU response will determine how aggressive attacks on democracy are likely to become. If we stretch our mind back to a pre-lockdown time...

What is at stake? The Future of Europe seen from Tel Aviv

What I learnt about the future of Europe on a night of exploding rockets in Tel Aviv. I landed in Tel Aviv from Brussels to see family and friends for the first time in a long time, a change of scene from the locked-down capital of Europe. “Get some sunshine and hummus”, they said. “Can you get a vaccine?” they said. On Tuesday evening last week,...

The Future of Europe: Time for Action

On Europe Day on 9 May, the European Union inaugurated the long anticipated Conference on the Future of Europe. To live up to the motto  ‘The Future is in Your Hands’, citizens need to organise and mobilise to make their voices heard. More importantly, EU institutions must commit to making these voices count.  The Conference must truly take on a...

Enable a free press!

This week we marked World Press Freedom day, after years when the press has gone through rough times. We usually associate the words “press freedom” with questions of repression, censorship, and dark images of journalists being abducted in and threatened. These dangers to democracy and the safety of those who defend it have been on the rise,...

To make sense of the world, we need to be digital learning societies

How we see the world depends on what we know and how we learn. For democracies, our ability to make decisions on crucial issues depends on our ability to make sense of the world together. That is why education and active citizenship are so crucial for the future of a democratic Europe. It’s important to give your eyes rest during the day, a...

In Bulgaria, voter apathy threatens the rule of law

On Sunday April 4th, Bulgarian voters head to the polls in a landmark election for the poorest EU member state. For months on end, the country has been dominated by protests directed at Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s leadership, with an increasing concentration of power in the hands of wealthy oligarchs. The protestors have demanded Borissov’s...

The Future of Europe is now

The continent has been in a transformative crisis, and while leaders have wrangled over a Conference on the Future of Europe, citizens organised and took action. What we need now is vision, agenda and accountability. Just a short while ago, we watched a dystopian reality unfold as a mob of white supremacists attacked the US Capitol, incited by a...