02. June 2014

Social Change through Social Entrepreneurship

by Sadik Tabar

sadik-tabarHow does true change occur? Does it come from inside (endogenous) or outside of the social system (exogenous)? In other words, do societies themselves generate any change process through internal drives or do external forces bring change process to societies? And, if any, what is the role of entrepreneurs to respond the question for the origin of social change?

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30. May 2014

Democracy is like a long-term relationship. Exhausting, but rewarding.

by Miruna Troncota

miruna-troncotaThe financial crisis has rekindled debates about the legitimacy of the European Union (EU) and, in particular, whether citizens trust the EU and its deepening democratic deficit. My question for people who claim they have “lost faith in the EU” is really simple. Think in business terms. How can you trust a partner you do not interact with? Before deciding to be passive in EU related debates and before criticizing all day long EU for its democratic deficit we should simply do our homework –inform ourselves on main EU issues, interact with the EU by active engagement in public debates and by voting in the European elections.

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29. May 2014

Mother of all Elections in Belgium

by Marian Cramers

Marian Cramers NEWIt was the first time in our history that Belgium hosted the ‘Mother of all Elections’: citizens voted for the European, Federal and Regional Parliaments combined.

However the attention was directed away from the European topics. In fact, the elections were dominated by national interests caused by the expected landslide of the Nationalist New Flemish Alliance. Its polarising figurehead Bart De Wever stands for ‘change’, generally of the separatist kind. In the election, people gave him over 300 000 preferential votes, while Minister-President Kris Peeters from the Christian Democrats scored less than 150 000.

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29. May 2014

Scandinavia: populists not as strong as feared

by Kati Temonen

kati-temonen-modified “No surprises” best describes the election results in Finland unlike in the two other Nordic EU-countries, Sweden and Denmark. The Swedish voters sent members of the populist Swedish Democrats and the Feminist party to the European Parliament as newcomers. The far-right Danish People’s Party won a third of the Danish vote and became the biggest Danish party in the new parliament.

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29. May 2014

EP elections: of interest to 13% of Slovakia

by Zuzana Novakova

Zuzana Novakova NEWAnd we are at the end of the tail again. Low participation is what people will remember about these elections. Slovakia has beaten its own record of abstention rate, with 87% of those eligible simply not using their right to cast a vote.

This does not come as a big surprise, given the extremely low participation of Slovaks in previous EP elections. The context of entering the Union in 2004 and the Eurozone in 2009 did not mobilize even a fifth of the population.

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