LOCAL AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENT IN THE EU

Over 60% of decisions taken at the European level have a direct impact on municipalities, provinces, and regions and 70% to 80% of public investments in Europe are made by local and regional authorities. Those two figures alone are proof of the ever-increasing importance of European local and regional government in both our world’s economy and the life of citizens. The current financial, economic and social crisis affecting most of Europe’s national governments means that the future of Europe lies more so than ever in the hands of local and regional authorities.

POLITICO BRUSSELS KEY NEWS EDITORS BY POLICY AREAS

Energy and Security News Editor

ROOTCAUSES OF POLITICAL DISCONNECTION WITH THE EU

Author: Heather Grabbe, Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute

1. Faraway

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR EU DEMOCRACY

Author : Heather Grabbe, Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute.

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The European Union’s dwindling democratic legitimacy is an acute political challenge. Trust in EU institutions is declining even in countries where the union once had high levels of support. Populist parties are rising and turning against the EU. To restore its legitimacy, the EU needs to respond to public apathy and anger with emotional intelligence and to offer solutions that feel relevant to people outside the Brussels bubble.

DEFINING AMERICANISM

Author : C. Bradley Thomson (C. Bradley Thompson is a Research Professor at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He has also been a visiting fellow at Princeton and Harvard universities and at the University of London).

ABOUT LOBBYING ACTIVITIES

In general, the activities of a lobbyist are understood to influence different levels of government (local, national, regional or transnational) or different branches of government. When talking about lobbying, the common perspective is often rather negative and reluctant to the activity itself. The public tend to have the idea that lobbying is used primarily for the private sector’s interest. Also, bribery and corruption are sometimes an issue.

DISCOURS ROYAL CONTRE LE FANATISME DES JIHADISTES

Extrait du Discours de SM le Roi Mohammed VI (20 Août 2016)

Text has been edited. Posted in memory of my dear friend and brother Dr. Khalid Abdelrahim (descendant d'une des grande famille de Jaffa, exportateur d’oranges, dont le père introduisit la marque d’automobiles Cadillac en Palestine, et fit construire la 'Alrahim House' aujourd'hui résidence de l'Ambassadeur de France à Jaffa). 

IN THE DEFENCE OF LOBBYING

Lobbying involves the advocacy of an interest that is affected, actually or potentially, by the decisions of government leaders. Individuals and interest groups alike can lobby governments, and governments can even lobby each other.

TOP 50 UNIVERSITIES FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND GR

  1. American University, School of International Service, Washington DC, USA   http://www.american.edu/sis/programs
  2. Boston University, Department of International Relations Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Boston, USA, http://www.bu.edu/ir
  3. Carleton University, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs , Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, http://www1.carleton.ca/npsia

BREXIT : LINE UP OF KEY PLAYERS

On the UK side

  • Oliver Letwin: Head of Brexit Unit and Chief Negotiator with the EU
  • Senior civil servants from the Cabinet Office, Treasury, Foreign Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Olly Robbins, Whitehall Brexit Unit. The unit will seek out the expertise it needs in legal affairs and trade negotiations. Over 300 people to be recruited.

On the EU side

Council

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