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New questions on European democracy

A new version of “Ideas and questions” for a Declaration on a more democratic Europe have just been released. Please consider such questions as “Should there be a better interaction between European citizens and the European political level?” and “How could we make European relations at grassroots level more stimulating and more inclusive?” Participation is open to all.

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Borgernes initiativ bør afbureaukratiseres

Det er fint, at en million borgere kan stille forslag til EU, men systemet er for tungt og må moderniseres, så det bliver lettere at stille forslag, mener Finn Rowold i dette indlæg. Måske skal My!Europe udmøntes i et borgerinitiativ om et mere demokratisk Europa?

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Czechs: We feel looked down upon by fellow Europeans

Why are the Czechs so sceptical about European cooperation? If you ask around in Prague, one explanation is that the Czechs feel that they are being slighted by fellow Europeans. “You people just don’t understand! When we joined the EU, people in Brussels looked upon us as if we had just come of the jungle”.

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Wie sollte man über Varoufakis nachdenken?

Mit seinem DIEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement)-Programm hat der ehemalige griechische Finanzminister Yanis Varoufakis die Welt in ein Für und ein Wider geteilt. Heide Manhartsberger, tätig in der Sonnenberg-Bewegung und My! Europe, bevorzugt das Für. Jan Capek, der die My!Europe-Konferenz in Pardubice in Tschechien im April organisiert, hat Bedenken. Wir bringen auch einen Blog von Sven Gielgold, MEP für die Grünen im Europäischen Parlament; diesen Blog hat Viola von Cramen, die Vorsitzende des Deutschen Sonnenberg-Kreises, mit uns geteilt.

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One very simple, but radical, idea…

Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek minister of finance, has presented a manifesto for a new platform: the ”Democracy in Europe Movement” with some concrete proposals for implementation – some immediately, some before 2025. The platform is supported by various left-of-centre organisations. Read more about the DIEM25 manifesto here.

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Varoufakis and friends – a light in the dark?

It was a show calling for democracy, but centred on only one person, when Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister in Greece presented his new movement DIEM 25 – the ”Democracy In Europe Movement by 2025”.

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Why not try Town Twinning?

"Friendships blossom and last over the years, and this is a wonderful way to get to know people from another European country really well", writes Maggie Tyrrell in this article.

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Pardubice Webinar Freitag um 15.00 Uhr

Nehmen Sie an dem Webinar Teil, das die dritte My!Europe Konferenz folgen wird - in Pardubice, Tschechien.

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Battle over migration policies

The Czech Republic: The final program for the My!Europe conference in Pardubice is now out. One of the titles puts "Western Europe versus the Visegrad group".

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Comment on Social Europe paper

The Commission has launched a discussion paper on "social Europe", which is now "European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR)" in EU jargon. Read more about it on My!Europe's new  Facebook page.   Don't forget to like the page. We need it to get pushed up the Facebook priority algoritm.

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September in Plovdiv

Bulgaria will host the sixth My!Europe conference in the ancient city of Plovdiv, from September 6th to 9th, under the title „EU and Bulgaria – Love and... Calculation?“. Preliminary program now available.

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Unless you go into the mountains, it is unlileky that you will see snow.On a cold night it may well be below freezing, during the day it will be up to about 10 degrees, which will still feel very cold to you.Best bring layers.For trousers, jeans or alike with underneath an extra layer or two.A friend advices people from your part of the world to bring silk pajamas, you can wear up to five of them before it shows, she claims.If you do not go for silk, still bring something you can wear under your jeans, leggings, thin training trousers, sports thights, maybe even long underwear if you can get it.Same layer principle for your top half, T-shirt, shirt with long sleeves, sweater and a fleece jacket, and over all of it, a rain and wind proof jacket. If you can not get a fleece jacket at home, shop as soon as you arrive, Czech republic will have some for sale that time of the year, or invest in a winter coat. Be careful about the prices, a decent wintercoat can cost you as much as a week in the country.If you have mountain boots, bring them, otherwise, bring the shoes which are pretty good waterproof.And bring plenty socks. (If you get wet feet in the cold, change your socks and you will feel a bit less cold.)If you want to experience snow, ask when in Czech republic where to go to find it, it might even be that you will have to leave the country, as the mountains in Czech republic are not the highest.Prague is well known, but much more in Czech republic is worth visiting.If you have never been in an European county, you should also visit a village or maybe an open air museum.I have used the Lonely Planet Czech and Slovak republics edition, but due to other plans did not have much time in Czech republic.I do approve of the guide though.But there are other guidebooks too.About food?I think you should just walk past the restaurants, reading the menus, till you find one that attract you. I liked the traditional Czech cuisine, but there is a wider choice. All main cuisines in Europe are to be found in Prague, the smaller towns will have some choice but maybe not as much.Many places, specially in the bigger towns, have a menu in English, but if you can, bring a language guide with a list of popular foods, as not all places can help you in English.Czech republic is a fairly safe country, but as a tourist you need always to be aware of possible dangers.There is a real risk of pick pockets, as everywhere in the world, so keep your passport, a credit or bank card, your tickets and some money in a pouch under your clothes, I think the kind that fits like a belt in the top of your jeans is the best.And for the rest, behave as you would in a big town near home:If you do not trust a person or a place, go an other way.Do not go into the park or the small alleys at night.Do not go home with people/men you have just met.And if you like drinking, do not get drunk unless you know you can trust the people you are with.(If you want to ask more, I have my e-mail option open.) http://mbipohfgpz.com [url=http://gihafgg.com]gihafgg[/url][link=http://yeowzbclh.com]yeowzbclh[/link]

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Schengen important to the Visegrad countries

Free movement is a priority for the four Visegrad countries, says the Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek (social democrat) in an article in the Social Europe web magazine. He calls for solidarity and support for frontline states, “especially Greece”.

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Putin will break the EU’s back

Link-story by Ole Aabenhus George Soros has written a very precise and thought-provoking article about the relationship between Russia, the EU and the Syria crisis.The leaders of the United States...

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Hope

Hope is not the conviction something ends well, but the certainty, that something makes sense, no matter how it ends!

Vaclav Havel

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Riga: 43.000 people reached 
through social media

The My!Europe conference in Riga, organised by the Danish Cultural Institute to the Baltic states, has brought together 110 participants from 14 different countries and reached out to 43.000 through social media - to debate an issue which has been extremely polarized in all parts of Eastern Europe: Refugees. Read the conference report.

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UK Referendum: We need 'values-based propositions', says Caroline Lucas

Link feed by Stuart Sweeney: 'White men in grey suits' dominate the EU debate, says Caroline Lucas, the first and only Green Party MP, in an article in The Guardian.

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Finn Rowold: David mod Goliat

Nytter det noget, at almindelige borgere mødes og taler sammen for at finde løsninger, når nu Europa er i krise? Finn Rowold, formand for den internationale Sonnenberg bevægelse og for My!Europe projektet, trækker tråde til myten om David og Goliath.

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Jaques Delors

Our government have forgotten that effectiveness and democracy require simplicity. In times of crisis we need firefighters, but also the architects.

Jacque Delors, president of the Commission 1985-95, to the La Croix newspaper, 2012

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