EP elections: of interest to 13% of Slovakia

Posted on 29. May 2014 by Zuzana Novakova And 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 … Continue reading EP elections: of interest to 13% of Slovakia

Europe’s ‘Lost Generation’ on the ‘New Deal’: “We are a resource, not a problem”

Posted on 29. May 2013 by Zuzana Novakova Yesterday German and French Ministers presented a  “New Deal for Europe” aimed at tackling youth unemployment. The plan is based on three main pillars: access to credit for small and medium-sized businesses; assistance to fund apprenticeships; and encouraging mobility throughout Europe. Unfortunately the plan contains mainly repackaged old … Continue reading Europe’s ‘Lost Generation’ on the ‘New Deal’: “We are a resource, not a problem”

How far is too far? Reflections on the Bergedorf Roundtable

Posted on 03. May 2013 by Zuzana Novakova Europe and its ‘neighbourhood’: Please mind the gap! Growing up in the political transition and a candidate country, the project of European integration always had two connotations for me: an area of freedom and commonality, an exclusive economic club that everyone would like to enter and simultaneously  a … Continue reading How far is too far? Reflections on the Bergedorf Roundtable

Is democracy able to help us through the challenges of the 21st Century? – join in the debate with FutureLab Europe

Posted on 19. February 2013 by Zuzana Novakova Democracy as a political system is not able to help us facing the challenges mankind and our planet will face in 2052. A very strong position by Jorgen Randers, member of the Club of Rome, made us reflect after watching an interview on ZDF. Here are some reflections … Continue reading Is democracy able to help us through the challenges of the 21st Century? – join in the debate with FutureLab Europe

Thoughts on Social Welfare in Europe

Posted on 07. May 2012 by Zuzana Novakova Some ideas catch us unprepared to react because they seem alien to the paradigm we think in. Perhaps this is due to mental maps, those plots we all use in some form, as schemes for filtering information such that confirming ideas get incorporated, while incompatible ones are filtered … Continue reading Thoughts on Social Welfare in Europe