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Sir, Regarding ‘‘Social Europe’ still missing in EU 2020 draft, say activists‘: After reviewing the first assessment from the European Commission, ILGA-Europe wrote the following letter to Commission President Barroso, and Commissioners Reding, Malmström, Füle, Andor, and Vassiliou: “We understand from European Commission consultation documents on the EU 2020 strategy that there are currently no… » read more

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Open letter to Commissioner Andor on a youth dimension in the EU 2020 strategy I would like to draw your attention to youth unemployment problem across Europe. Close to six million young Europeans are not able to find a job and thus earn a living. This depicts a dangerous trend and all efforts should be… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU pioneers asked to tell their stories‘: Frankly, are they nuts? It took me more than a decade to recover from the shock I experienced upon my arrival in Brussels. A filthy, badly organised and corrupt place. I can fill entire evening conversations with stories of incompetent administration departments, shady police actions targeting… » read more

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Sir. Regarding ‘Barroso on collision course over Jeleva‘: I just don’t get it. The CV submitted by Ms. Jeleva to the European Parliament and to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso states that she was a “manager” at Global Consult in the periods 2001-2003 and 2006-2007. The company’s income statement for 2008 (!) which can… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU staff consider strike over pay freeze‘: Whilst the article is factually correct, one has to wonder about the relevance of the comparisons with certain member states. Ireland is in a crisis which is largely due to “irrational exuberance”. Yet only the highest-paid civil servants (who are certainly not totally innocent in respect… » read more

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Subject: Europe’s foundational Declaration of Inter-Dependence and Communication policy Dear President Barroso and Commissioners, Congratulations on your new positions. During the coming months, the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration must be planned to take place on 9 May 2010. I hope that the entire Commission will give great thought to the preparations for this… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU elects discrete, consensual leaders‘: Henry Kissinger asked ‘If I want to call Europe who do I call?’ After his appointment, Herman Van Rompuy replied jokingly that he awaits the first phone call. In Belgium, Van Rompuy was seen as the consolidating force bringing the country out of its political impasse. His role… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘UK Conservatives vow to fight back after Lisbon setback‘: David Cameron’s pledge to change British law so that any future transfer of power to Brussels would have to be put to referendum and the Conservatives’ vow to enact a ‘legal lock’ to prevent British accession to the euro zone without a referendum are… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘UK Conservatives vow to fight back after Lisbon setback‘: Mr Cameron’s position is intellectually dishonest. He knows full well that he cannot “negotiate” further opt-outs, not least because the UK already has quite many. He wants to have his cake and eat it: staying in the EU in order to throw a spanner… » read more

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