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Grahnlaw (in English) -

Our latest blog entry about the Nordic EU member state, Two freedoms of competitive Denmark , highlighted the relative absence of poisonous corruption and media repression. Here we are going to take a look at what what it takes to shape a future-proof society.   WEF Annual Meeting 2017 According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) report from the Annual Meeting 2017 , the gathering focused on five challenges: strengthening global collaboration, revitalising economic growth, reforming capitalism...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

With the EU27 national leaders busy reflecting on the future of the European Union ahead of the 25 March 2017 Rome declaration , where are the possible obstacles to sufficient reforms in the light of the challenges?   European Parliament debate On 1 March 2017, the same day the Juncker Commission launched the White Paper on the future of Europe , the European Parliament plenary debated the challenges and scenarios, here related in Finnish . The EPP Group greeted the discussion paper, and the...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

In the latest blog post we saw that Emmanuel Macron proposed democratic conventions to relaunch Europe , at least from the start of the En marche ! movement. As we saw, he has returned to this idea a number of times, but the substance remained vague ahead of the president’s speech at the Sorbonne. The lack of clarity impacts the possibilities to discuss many issues related to the initiative regarding the role of EU citizens, the “democratic conventions”, so our next job is to check if...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

In the European Commission’s so called (so called, because it did not contain concrete proposals) White Paper on the Future of Europe: Reflections and scenarios for the EU27 by 2025; Brussels, 1.3.2017 COM(2017) 2025 final , the proto-executive promised to contribute to the discussion by publishing five reflection papers: developing the social dimension of Europe; deepening the Economic and Monetary Union, on the basis of the Five Presidents' Report of June 2015; harnessing globalisation; the...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Our discussion about the European Council (EUCO) and the new Leaders’ Agenda for thematic meetings continued with a look at the briefings from the  European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) and the EUCO conclusions of 19 October and EU27 conclusions 20 October 2017 (Article 50 TEU), in EPRS: keeping tabs on the European Council . The Leaders’ Agenda timetable was described by president Tusk as a living document, apt to change over time, but let us take a look at the near future. Less...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

It is possible to find overviews in Reader’s Digest style of the most notable Future of Europe initiatives . The annotated version of president Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union 2017 address, with the sub-heading Proposals for the future of Europe that can be implemented on the basis of the Lisbon Treaty , demonstrates how the flexibilities of the EU treaties can be used to improve the effectiveness of European Union action, without embarking on a formal process of treaty reform...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Yesterday we looked at the European Union asking EU citizens , without the focus, resources or intent to act on the feedback, either on the fundamental issue of ownership (democracy) or more specific questions of individual policies. I wonder if the democratic conventions proposed by the French president Emmanuel Macron have been designed to be more effective channels of citizens’ political will than the public relations part of the Commission’s Future of Europe project, including the...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Serendipity is stumbling across a Facebook presentation of Mathew Lowry’s blog post The limits of public participation in policy . I had tried to explore how the future presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron started presenting and returning to the idea of democratic conventions and if president Macron’s Sorbonne speech had clarified the working of these democratic conventions . Macron had painted the democratic conventions as an essential tool to relaunch the European project. However, they...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

If the treaty based aim of the European Union is a highly competitive social market economy, how do the political parties at European level deal with this objective? I skim a few documents with political principles from the main Europarties. The 2012 manifesto of the European People’s Party (EPP) begins by presenting the values of the party, then concludes: The only political system in which these values can thrive is in a pluralist democracy, in which citizens accept responsibility. The best...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Our latest blog posts have looked at the citizens of the European Union as passengers or participants on the EU reform and Future of Europe bus. In this article we are going to track the idea of democratic citizens’ conventions meant to rebuild political Europe, ahead of the informal discussion among EU27 heads of state or government this evening in Tallinn. Democratic conventions? In the State of the Union 2017 brochure section Letter on the Roadmap for a more united, stronger and more...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

In the blog entries Evidence-based European market reforms? and   Services in EU single market strategy , we saw that the analytical staff working document underpinning the reforms was meant to be used in parallel with the condensed single market communication: A Single Market Strategy for Europe - Analysis and Evidence; Brussels, 28.10.2015 SWD(2015) 202 final (108 pages) Upgrading the Single Market: more opportunities for people and business; Brussels, 28.10.2015 COM(2015) 550 final (22...

King's Cup -

This year has slowly gotten to its routines. Or actually all these routines I'm stuck with are the same ones I wrestled with in 2006 already... in other words: it's wake-up in the morning, to the office via shower and clothing-puzzles, in case the office hours fall short I get home around nineish after doing some sweating in the gym or in some workout class. Ya, that's my life. On weekends it's train time for either me or Olli, depending on the location of our weekend-plans. Last weekend it was...

Valkea pölähdys -

Tomorrow we will start our 6000km adventure around Europe. Our majestic french wagon has been inspected and a bunch of stuff has been bought. Also crew is ready to rock! Driver’s best friend on a road trip is a good navigator. Navigators in phones are okay, but I have enough bad experiences with those so I recommend to trust a proper one. This far I have borrowed navi from here and there but now I bought an own TomTom 400 … Lue loppuun →

Valkea pölähdys -

It’s only two weeks left for our trip in Europe. We are going on Sunday 6th of July.  Our ferry leaves from Helsinki 8:30 am and we arrive to Tallinn at 11 am. Our plan is to drive through the Baltic countries quite fast. I think we are going to have a little longer pit stop in Riga, Latvia since the Via Baltica (Road E67) goes quite near it. The first night we are probably going to spend in south Lithuania. … Lue loppuun →

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Since there is just a little time, before the plenary debate about the future of Europe #FutureOfEurope and the state of the European Union #SOTEU address begins in the European Parliament, I am going to direct your attention to earlier blog articles on Eurooppaoikeus (FI), Grahnblawg (SV) and Grahnlaw (EN). In the Grahnblawg post Hopkok om EU:s framtid you can find direct or indirect references to 31 blog articles in Finnish, Swedish or English about the publications and the discussion, and in...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

In the summer of 2014 Jean-Claude Juncker presented his agenda for jobs, growth, fairness and democratic change, as political guidelines for the then next European Commission. The ten priorities available in the brochure A New Start for Europe are: A New Boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment A Connected Digital Single Market A Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy A Deeper and Fairer Internal Market with a Strengthened Industrial Base A Deeper and Fairer Economic...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

We are approaching the moment of truth. Let us wait for the “Leaders’ Agenda” president Donald Tusk is going to present to the European Council (EUCO), before we definitively state that the EU27 heads of state or government have become impetus takers, instead of impetus providers, as they imagined in Article 15(1) TEU. But the years since the Lisbon Treaty entered into force have revealed the limitations of an intergovernmental EU, while the world has become even more challenging. The...

Smoke On The Water -

Wacken Open Air -festivaalin ensimmäiset päivät tarjosivat monta maukasta musiikkielämystä. Keskiviikko 2.8.2017 Festivaalin ”lämmittelypäivänä” päälava-alue on vielä kiinni, mutta paikalle valuvalle yleisölle on tarjolla laadukasta viihdettä alueen pienemmillä lavoilla. Vanhanaikaisiin soittimiin nojaava ja keskiajalta vaikutteita ottava folkrock/folkmetal on varsin suosittua Saksassa ja tällä tyylisuunnalla on vuodesta toiseen vahva edustus myös Wackenin Wackinger...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

After the 18 October 2017 tripartite social summit the president  Donald Tusk offered an optimistic view on the role of the European Council (EUCO) for the future of Europe in general and the deepening of the economic and monetary union (EMU) in particular: From all quarters, there is now a new willingness to energise and enrich our work, draw on new ideas, maintain our unity and increase the dynamism of the EU. I will be calling on leaders to work together according to a strict timetable on...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

The blog post European Council: United we’re stuck? noted the effort of the EUCO president Donald Tusk to cut the Gordian knots among the heads of state or government (and more generally the governments of the member states), by a structured approach to difficult issues. At the same time, the entry doubted if a schedule for thematic meetings would be more successful now than at the time of Herman Van Rompuy. What if sub-optimal procedures and outcomes for EU citizens and enterprises are...




Grahnlaw (in English) -

In the blog entry Future of Europe to meet European Council about the winds of change from the European Parliament, the European Commission and president Emmanuel Macron, we saw the: White Paper on the Future of Europe: Reflections and scenarios for the EU27 by 2025; Brussels, 1.3.2017 COM(2017) 2025 final The White Paper promised to deliver further food for thought and debate through five thematic papers, among which (page 18): The European Commission will contribute to that discussion in the...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

We started looking at the Danish economy at the beginning of the European Semester 2017 in the blog entry European Semester 2017 start: Denmark . I hope that the European Commission manages to inspire, and that politicians, civil servants, interest groups and activists with the right priorities use benchmarking exercises, such as the European Semester, in order to profit from an outside view and clear suggestions for reform steps and corrections. Assessment of progress In February 2017 the...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

This round-up blog post has a simple main purpose. It brings together a dozen recent entries, published between 23 February and 5 March 2017 on three blogs, in English (EN), Finnish (FI) or Swedish (SV), about the EU social market economy and the European pillar of social rights. Överhusets inre marknad (SV) House of Lords or European Single Market? (EN) EU:n sosiaalinen markkinatalous (FI) Erittäin kilpailukykyinen sosiaalinen markkinatalous (FI) Social marknadsekonomi och socialklausul (SV)...

Sandt Jaarittelee -

Finished reading Mein Kampf (an English translation of it to be exact, not the one filled with notes). There's been a lot of debate among historians as to whether Hitler's policies once he became chancellor followed a careful plan or whether those policies (such as the Holocaust) emerged more spontaneously, as a reaction to changing circumstances. Some Nazi sympathizers even claim Hitler had no choice but to do what he did because of the hostility of his foreign adversaries. To me it's quite...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

The European Parliament, the European Commission and its president Jean-Claude Juncker, as well as the French president Emmanuel Macron, have provided substantive initiatives for the ongoing debate about the future of Europe.   This blog post provides the main references for contemplation, discussion and engagement. European Parliament The directly elected European Parliament, which represents the citizens of the union, launched a real discussion, by setting out its vision for the future of...

A'la Annn -

Matkasin vuosi sitten jouluna Itävaltaan Wieniin joulutoreille fiilistelemään joulun tuloa ja nauttimaan tunnelmasta kauniissa Keski-Eurooppalaisessa kaupungissa. Postaukset matkasta löytyy täältä ja täältä . Päätin näin joulun kynnyksellä koota tähän parhaita paloja Wienin joulutoreista.  ♥ I traveled a year ago during the Christmas season to Austria Vienna Christmas markets.  To enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in one of Central Europe's most beautiful cities.  Posts about...

A'la Annn -

Talvi kaupunkilomalle Tanskan pääkaupunkiin, Kööpenhaminaan! Nyt tammikuussa on edessä vuoden 2017 ensimmäinen ulkomaanmatka. Viime reissusta onkin aikaa. Nimittäin viime kesän Ranskan kierros. Joulukuussa oli tarkoitus mennä kiertelemään Keski-Euroopan joulutoreja. Mutta se matka jäi sairastamisen takia. Joten nyt onkin intoa lähteä matkalle pitkästä aikaa! En olekaan ennen käynyt Kööpenhamissa, korkea aika jo. Ja mitä olen tähän mennessä Köpiksestä lueskellut ja...

Juha Sipilä -

(Check against delivery)   Esteemed staff of the European Chemicals Agency and guests This year, we are celebrating Finland's 100-year-long history. In the same time European Chemical Agency it is celebrating its 10th anniversary here in Finland and in Helsinki. These anniversaries are strong signals of permanence, cooperation and success. It is an honour to be here today to celebrate the agency's strong and influential 10-year journey. We as Finns can be proud that we have been able to offer...




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