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The Romanian Palimpsest

The foreigner in Romania is immediately struck by the country’s hybrid culture. This is obvious from the first words one learns to garble:  piața (very close pronunciation to Italian’s piazza), mersi (from the French merci, though the “r” is a little more rolled), da (yes…), or even bacşiş (baksheesh). We then have a mysterious mélange of Western and Eastern Europe, the Romanian roots are decidedly mixed. Like in any country, the stages of Romanian history form layers which are always...

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Krugman Vindicated?: Eurozone Debt Apparently Falling

To be precise: the Eurozone’s (and the wider EU’s) debt-to-GDP is apparently declining, falling 0.5 points to 92.2% between the first and second quarters of this year. Apparently this was thanks to growth in Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, and especially Germany. But I don’t quite understand how this is possible given that Eurozone growth on average is still very low, almost certainly too low to make up for continuing deficits. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.5% in first quarter of...

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ECB’s Cœuré Calls on Politicians to Hurry Up and Build the Eurozone Superstate and Federal Budget

Credit: Politico/European Voice Speaking at an Interparliamentary Conference “Towards a Progressive Europe” organized by the German Social Democrats (presumably an event with MPs from different countries), the European Central Bank’s Benoît Cœuré has fleshed out his vision of the Eurozone some more. Cœuré was candid about his “frustration” in attending high-level Eurozone meetings and urged the politicians (which presumably included MPs from different countries) to come up with a positive...

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Why is so much official EU art ugly?

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi recently spoke at an art competition organized by his institution the themes of “Stability and Independence” (which may as well be the ECB’s motto) and “United in Diversity” (the European Union’s official one): “If I had to do it again, I would begin with culture.” This quote is often attributed to Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the European Union. There is a debate whether he actually said it. But whether he did so or not, it is a...

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Draghi: EU is “most advanced experiment” in transnational government

The Atlantic Council – a Washington-based NATO-spirited think-tank – has given a “global citizen” award to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, providing the chief with an opportunity to expound on the significance of the European Union: The fate of Europe is naturally of immediate interest to its citizens. But it is also indeed of direct relevance to the world at large. The European Union and its monetary union are regional projects with global implications. [. . .] To my mind,...

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Eurostat: Women Outnumber Men 2-to-1 in Teaching Across Europe (But Still Under-Represented in Universities)

Eurostat has published some interesting data on women and age in teaching. In 2013, 8.3 million persons worked as teaching staff (from pre-primary to tertiary level) in the European Union (EU), of which 5.8 million (70%) were women. Women were largely predominant in the early stages of education, representing 95% of all teachers at pre-primary education level and 85% at primary level. In contrast, the majority of teaching staff at tertiary education level were men (59%). This pattern is...

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Why is free Kosovo providing highest number of “asylum-seekers” to the EU?

According to the most-recently published statistics, there were 185,000 first-time asylum-seekers in the EU in the first quarter of this year. Contrary to what you might think, the biggest group was not  the highly-publicized Syrians or Eritreans, but Kosovars, whom we purportedly liberated in 1999. Who are these 49,000 Kosovars? Are they ethnic Serbs suffering under ethnic Albanian rule? Or are they ethnic Albanians, because being ruled by a corrupt ethnic mafia of terrorists and...

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Eurostat: Non-EU migrants less educated, more idle than average

The People have demanded more coverage of EU/Eurozone politics, migration and race relations in Europe, and European history (in that order). Basically, more of the same. Let it be done. Eurostat is launching “a series of publications on migrant integration.” A first press release shows that non-EU migrants are quarter less likely to be higher-educated, almost two times as likely to be idle “NEETs,” and over 2.5 times as likely to not have a high-school diploma as the native-born. This is...

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Viviane Reding’s Case for the United States of Europe (and her Critique of EU “Neoliberalism”)

In November 2012, then-European Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding (mainly known to the general public for her tiff with France over Roma deportations and her advocacy of feminine quotas on corporate boards) gave a noted speech advocating a “United States of Europe.” The speech presents a history of the idea of a European federal State (mainly citing Victor Hugo, but also mentioning Washington, Bonaparte, Mazzini, Coudenhove-Kalergi, and Spinelli), and the (now common) rationale for a...

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Actual poll: What do you want?

As craigwilly.info is getting a new lease on life, what better time to consult the People on which direction to go? As such I have decided to indulge in a rare exercise of democracy. You get three (3) votes. Use them wisely! Fine print: Results are non-binding and may be abrogated at any time should the People vote wrongly.

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