December 2006: Europe without frontiers
Europe without frontiers – an utopia or a fact, the freedom of movement for people and goods is meant to be made easier and accessible for all citizens of the continent. But are these only polished political statements, or is it the reality we are living in? Many of us doubt about the noble intentions of the EU and it’s recent and future enlargement, others defend it fervently.
Over the past few weeks there has been a media furore over Romania-and-Bulgaria’s impending accession to the European Union: while heading slowly and stumblingly, yet always side by side, for the final destination – the membership to the European Union- these countries have become committed to each other, for better and for worse.
From nationalism to supranationalism Europa will have to meditate from where it was and what it is going to be. Will its aims be successful as it strives for a new face?
Europe is now facing the inevitability of Romania’s EU accession on 1-st of January 2007, when Germany, soon after Denmark, has added the last signature on the EU treaty on Sunday, November 26-th. read full text here (pdf 184kb)
“The world is flat” according to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. The last generation communication- and transport devices would make the geographical distances irrelevant. But this well known song about globalisation is unheard along the walls and the barbwire which are still deviding the world territory….
The Bulgarian Economic and Social Council (ESC) suggested that the country’s government implement a number of economic measures to encourage Bulgarians living abroad to return home. EurActiv’s Bulgarian partner portal Dnevnik.bg talked to ESC Chairman, Professor Lalko Dulevski, about the proposals.
Whilst every other country in Eastern Europe is bending over, spreading wide and accepting the main thrust of any Commission suggestion in a desperate bid to join the EU, one country is bucking the trend, telling Europe where to shove its directives and sitting proud in its Communist Utopia – welcome to Transnistria!
Behind the inner circle of consciousness there are no more limits to be reached…
Less black lines on the map make our livesmore fluid – some personal thoughts against illusions and their dangers
Soon Europe will also sing in Romanian sounds…which makes it fascinating. As we wait for the Romanian voice to be heard in the E.U. we still look over the changes that followed this country.
Many people are giving wrong definitions to the question: What is a national interest? National interest is what the Government says that a national interest is. Acceptation of Eastern European countries in the EU is their national interest. But what is in the interest of small, everyday people?
Europe unites but most Roma are left out in the rain. Discrimination and poverty continue to exist within Europe’s frontiers. But Roma activists set out to take matters into their own hands. A story of those who are ready to fight for their rights…