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13.07.2012
Goodbye Germany?Politics

The seemingly never ending Eurozone crisis has evolved into a start choice – does Europe take a leap forward into closer political union, or face a break-up of the single currency?

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06.07.2012
Romania as Another Ailing European Democracy?Politics

Romania’s transition from Communist-era dictatorship to western democracy has not been an easy one.

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06.07.2012
The Maple Spring in QuebecWelfare and Social Issues

What is the similarity to the Arab Spring? A complete social uprising, which has since mobilised Quebec’s social-democratic and predominantly French speaking society, with an unemployment rate below 7%.

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26.06.2012
Rio+20: Let’s Move Away from the Declaration and on to ActionFinance and Economy

This piece from Ecolo looks at what the conference produces, and asks what is next for the Green movement. This analysis of the Rio+20 conference was written by Jean-Marc Nollet, Evelyne Huytebroeck and Arnaud Pinxteren, who are elected representatives for the Belgian French-speaking Green Party Ecolo.

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25.06.2012
Manifesto for Rebuilding Europe from the Bottom UpSociety, Media and Culture

In this proposal, initiated by Ulrick Bech and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a group of pro-Europeans argue for a form of active citizenship to promote European democracy and resolve the political crisis that continues to grip the European project.

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22.06.2012
For Ireland, Is It London or Berlin?Politics

Irish Green Party leader Eamon Ryan argues that a breakup of the Eurozone would offer no benefits to Ireland, and that the solution instead is to champion a strong, Green economy that ties Ireland ever closer to Europe.

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16.06.2012
Towards a New Green Leadership on Economic and Social IssuesFinance and Economy

The Greens have to use alternative green economic concepts and share them far beyond the academic sphere, with all who are now starting to realise that our economy is completely unsustainable. And above all they have to assert their specific approach to social justice.

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15.06.2012
Greek Elections 2012: the Unfulfilled Green Expectations and the Way AheadPolitics

With a rerun of Greek elections taking place this weekend, what are the prospects that the political upheaval in the country will present an opening for the Greens?

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01.05.2012
Ecological transformation will not happen in just one countryDemocracy

The Greens must remain faithful to their European commitment by continuing to promote a European alternative to the austerity policy of the ‘Merkozy’ duo. But passing on an unsustainable debt to the future generation is just as ecologically unsound as leaving a planet in ruins. Whatever their differences, the Greens must present their alternative to the neoliberal’s prioritising of market forces and the “statism” of the old left. This alternative must begin with a recovery package funded by a tax on financial transactions.

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01.05.2012
Delivering hope – is there a green answer to the challenges raised by the rise of the Front National?Democracy

The success of the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the first round of the French Presidential election, and the success of similar nationalistic parties in other European countries, has left many wondering how the greens and progressive forces should respond to this perceived threat to European values. Edouard Gaudot suggests that the answer lies in offering hope to those who feel rejected by the political and economic system.

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