29. May 2014

In Spain WE also CAN

by Estefanía Almenta

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The man of the day in Spain is Pablo Iglesias, and his face is on the cover of every single newspaper. He’s a thirty-five-year-old Political Science lecturer at the Complutense de Madrid University, but what was his feat? He’s the leader of ‘Podemos’ (in Spanish, ‘We can’), the political party that, out of the blue, got five seats in the European Elections thanks to its 1.245.948 voters.

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29. May 2014

UK: A passing interest in political earthquakes

by guest contribution

The momentary ‘earthquake’ of European politics had already passed young British people by the time the election results were announced. Having voted three days before, large gains for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) were expected, but a small drop in turnout from 2009, just 33.8%, helped UKIP finish top of the elections with 24 MEPs.

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29. May 2014

Greek elections – “A pro-european vote and a political paradox”

by Konstantina Karydi

konstantina-karydiCitizens in Greece, once again demonstrated their support to the European project as well as their commitment to the values embedded in the EU.  While the average participation rate in the EU is  43%, 59% of Greek citizens voted for the EP elections. “The Party of the European Left, led by Alexis Tsipras, President of the Greek party Syriza, was the winner of the elections in Greece with 26.5 %. This can be perceived both as a reactionary vote to the current government, as well as a vote of confidence to the EU.

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29. May 2014

What counts except the success of Marine Le Pen

by Apollonia Khan

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Since Sunday I can see hundreds of Facebook status’ on how unbelievably foolish – not to say plain stupid – French citizens have been. But is this appropriate? The fact that those results – great victory of the Front National and absolute debacle of the Socialist Party – were highly predictable shows two things: there is a social and identity crisis in France that politicians not alone fail to tackle but even tend to worsen. Furthermore, due to the lack of a political debate and struggle about concrete issues on a European level, people have the impression that everything is imposed from above.

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28. May 2014

Copyright and societal benefits

by Stephan Kool

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The Ronda Forum on education and entrepreneurship discussed how to help startups with their companies. Amongst other things, the panel agreed that new (business) ideas should be protected. The word ‘protected’ wasn’t specified to an operational level, but we should be careful with these intentions. What seems logical for business operations might actually have negative consequences for society and entrepreneurship as a whole. I will plea for a reform of copyright with less protection to support innovations.

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