Re-conceptualising Fortress Europe

Posted on 29. September 2015 by Elias Vartio For a long time, ‘Fortress Europe’ has been a well-deserved pejorative term for the hard-line migration policies of the EU and the European countries. The recipe has been simple: keep the world outside and the wealth inside. Even the much-talked about globalisation and freedom of movement has been … Continue reading Re-conceptualising Fortress Europe

Europe, are we there yet? / The future of Europe is not that grim

Posted on 03. September 2014 by Elias Vartio The banks have been saved. The savers have been saved. The investors have been saved. While it may seem that the world is going crazy, it is also still at relative peace. Just like it was in the 1930s, when less than a decade had passed since the … Continue reading Europe, are we there yet? / The future of Europe is not that grim

Football World Cup under fire – what does it tell us about the humanity?

Posted on 13. June 2014 by Elias Vartio The FIFA world cup began in Brazil. The long expected football event has to some degree been overshadowed also by the past year’s demonstrations and demands for social reform. In the last couple of months, however, the arrangements for the world Cup to be held in Qatar 2022, … Continue reading Football World Cup under fire – what does it tell us about the humanity?

And here it is: The right to be forgotten (confirmed by EU court)

Posted on 13. May 2014 by Elias Vartio Around a year ago, I wrote an entry on the possibility of a citizen right “to be forgotten” emerging through legislation and case law (available here). Now, on 13th of May 2014, the day has arrived, just as anticipated. The case also mentioned by Laura Virué Escalera in … Continue reading And here it is: The right to be forgotten (confirmed by EU court)

Domestic citizen initiatives – a safeguard to the subsidiarity principle?

Posted on 26. April 2013 by Elias Vartio Yesterday, the 25th of April 2013, was considered historic among many political commentators in Finland. The enthusiasm was caused by the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta, Riksdagen) starting its debate the first citizen lawmaking-initiative, which is proposing a banning of the fur production in Finland. Since 1st of March 2012 … Continue reading Domestic citizen initiatives – a safeguard to the subsidiarity principle?