Future of the EU, the Netherlands, Uncategorized

We are back, with a new campus and ‘old’ themes as relevant as ever

We are back and apologize to our readers for the long break. We have a whole set of really good reasons why posting was interrupted for so long: the main ‘institutional’ one being that we, as part of the Institute of Public Administration, have moved during the summer to the Hague Campus of Leiden University. Our brand new building will be opened with a conference, which will take place on 20 September and is entitled Reinventing Global Order (to see the programme and links, here). We hope that a broad audience of our friends and students will attend.

In other exciting work-related news, we are working on finalizing an FP7 project assessing the last and future enlargements of the European Union. More about this will be posted soon.

Last but not least, despite our lapse in posting, I notice that our key themes are as relevant as ever. The European Union, or ‘Europe’ has emerged a key theme in the Dutch elections campaign which is now in its last week. Just yesterday, the grand Carre debate, there was some discussion among Dutch politicians whether they should do anything they could to save the eurozone. I did not watch the whole debate so cannot take a position on what was said, but this reminds me of a very interesting blog post by Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis about a mental experiment on saving the eurozone. I do not necessarily agree with many of the arguments he puts forward on his blog, but he always provides thought-provoking and different perspectives. Well worth a read.

and in other news: As we wrote in hope some months ago, Commissioner Neelie Kroes has taken up the issue of the disastrous state of Bulgarian media. She is visiting Bulgaria to investigate the problem and a group of distinguished journalists, nowadays many of them working in internet only, have written her an open letter on this occasion (in Bulgarian), requesting to meet her in addition to her officially  scheduled meetings. Among the distinguished journalists who have signed the letter there are well- known journalists, in the past working in main channels of radio and TV, as well as internet journalists and bloggers. The situation has become so bad that in recent years one can get informed about key developments in Bulgaria, such as, for example, the struggle of citizens to save the unique park along Varna’s beach (so called Sea garden) only via internet sources. No doubt Commissioner Kroes will recognize the importance of these journalists’ plea.


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