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Populists In the Fast Lane

Populists In the Fast Lane

The heads of the traditional Austrian parties, the Social Democrats and the Austrian People’s Party, could teach their cousins in the Czech Republic a thing or two about what it’s like when parties lose power and voter support, and populist movements of various colours jostle to get into parliament. Although the results of September’s parliamentary […]

For European Farmers, Size Matters

For European Farmers, Size Matters

Before he shoots them in the head, Alpine farmer Ralf Eggenreiter gives his sheep a treat and scratches them behind the ears to help them relax. He knows each one of them by name, so one might imagine a moment of regret.  The real reason is that relaxed meat tastes better. “They have no stress,” […]

Introducing Viktor Milos

Introducing Viktor Milos

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán is seen to be infecting Miloš Zeman’s politics. It may be time to call it a day for the Czech Republic as we’ve known it for the last 20 years. Not to tire readers with the recent history of Czech internal affairs, but one thing is clear: If the country headed west […]

Riding for Erasmus

Riding for Erasmus

A dozen sturdy bikes whirr past on the sun-scorched path that weaves through the floodplains forest of the Lobau, just east of Vienna. The group say they are a “moving megaphone” for a more integrated Europe. Sprouting from the luggage-carriers above their rear wheels, the bikes sport small flags that wag in the wind, giving […]

EU fights tax evasion

EU fights tax evasion

Legal loopholes, tax dodges, and secretive banking practices in Austria and Luxembourg are costing the Eurozone approximately €1 trillion in lost tax revenue every year. Now EU leaders are pledging to crack down. The European Parliament issued a resolution on 21 May urging the EU to halve annual losses by 2020. Officials from across the […]

Book Briefs: Mar., 2013

IN THE HUG OF ARMS A tribute to all the innocent victims of armed conflicts, this anthology, edited by EU Parlamentarian and writer Mariela Baeva, takes readers to war-torn Europe, the Arab Spring and other regions of turbulence and radical change with short stories, excerpts of short novels, and essays.   In the Hug of Arms by Mariela Baeva, ed. CULTURE’99 […]

Croatia’s 1st MEP Election

Only 20 per cent of Croatia’s eligible voters turned out for the first European Parliament election in the country’s history on 14 April. Croatia voted on their first 12 European Parliament seats and will officially join the EU on 1 July. Political analyst Davor Djenero attributed the low turnout to a “weak campaign” to inform […]

EU-Parliamentarians: It’s Time to Vote ‘No’!

EU-Parliamentarians: It’s Time to Vote ‘No’!

  It’s time the European Parliamentarians finally take a stand against their national leaders. This was the advice of Helmut Schmidt, otherwise no fan of commotion and coups d’état, to the social democratic MEPs in Brussels in early December, in a moving appearance with Jacques Delors. If the members could vote down the miserly EU-budget, […]

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