Suggestions for the EU

1. EU citizens should be allowed to vote for European Parliament elections wherever they may live – in their home country, in another EU country or outside the EU. Millions of EU citizens live in a different country or even outside the EU and they should not be deprived of the right to vote

2. The EU Constitution, if amended or rewritten, should be closer in size (and readability) to the US constitution than to a telephone book. A clear, concise text outlining the essence of the Union, leaving the endless details and verbiage for specific laws, rules and regulations. Every EU citizen should know the Constitution, not just a few experts, it should be taught at school. This would also obviate the need to amend the Constitution every time minor changes are made to some rules

3. Most of the issues treated by the EU are very technical, and, unfortunately. uninteresting for the general public. The EU should make an effort to explain clearly and concisely its activity and purpose on a continuous basis, as members’ leaders often misrepresent its activities for their own political reasons, while the national press often presents a totally distorted image of the EU, its bodies and its activities – that’s what caused Brexit, more than any other factor: the ceaseless distortions and manipulation by a press controlled by a few barons, who pursued relentlessly their own agenda, at the expense of the public. Witness the fact that a number of regions in the UK, which were receiving considerable funding from the EU, voted for Brexit, because voters were not aware that they had been receiving large amounts of money, for decades

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    Those who welcome the prospect of decline in Britain and the US should be careful what they wish for, argues Guardian columnist Timothy Garton Ash Source: After Trump and Brexit, is this the end for the Anglo-Saxon west? | Timothy Garton…

  • Does it make sense to refer to EU officials as “unelected bureaucrats”? Posted on: Jul 24th, 2017

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  • Italian Architect Renzo Piano on Earthquakes|Il Sole 24 Ore Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2016

    Italian architect Renzo Piano on what should be done to avoid the horrendous damage earthquakes cause in Italy (in Italian): check buildings in exposed areas (which run along the whole of the Apennines from north to south) and repair those that need it, with techniques…

  • Immigrants pay for Poland’s fiery rhetoric - FT.com Posted on: Sep 15th, 2016

    A Syrian man is beaten on the streets of Warsaw. A black child is expelled from a playground in a town in south-east Poland. Volunteers form patrol groups to guard against possible illegal immigrants in the central city of Lodz. Poland’s Never Again Source:…

  • European language and Erasmus Posted on: Sep 10th, 2016

    Should all EU business be conducted in English? I think all EU members and languages deserve respect, not just one. Forcing everybody to speak one language, however convenient, would alienate the rest of the EU citizens. Instead of rewarding ignorance and laziness,…

  • Suggestions for the EU Posted on: Sep 8th, 2016

    1. EU citizens should be allowed to vote for European Parliament elections wherever they may live - in their home country, in another EU country or outside the EU. Millions of EU citizens live in a different country or even outside the EU and they should not be…

  • Polish ministers to visit UK after attacks on Poles in Harlow - BBC News Posted on: Sep 6th, 2016

    Brexiters stir hatred, then when idiots take action, it has nothing to with them. Jo Cox died, one Polish guy died - for a peaceful, law-abiding country, it certainly is getting its jingoists going. Three Polish ministers are set to make an urgent visit to the UK…

  • Fire in Benitachell Posted on: Sep 6th, 2016

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  • Apple, Ireland and the Spanish connection Posted on: Sep 2nd, 2016

    RTÉ's Europe Editor Tony Connelly looks at the Apple ruling and the possible impact of a similar case involving Spanish bank Santander. Source: Apple, Ireland and the Spanish…

  • Poland's Constitutional Crisis | Foreign Affairs Posted on: Aug 27th, 2016

    After simmering for nine months, the tension between Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and the country’s highest court, the Constitutional Tribunal, is coming to a boil. Source: Poland's Constitutional Crisis | Foreign…

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