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A game of betrayals

From Cassius and Ephialtes of Trachis to the infamous “Percentages agreement“, and continuing to modern times the history of the people living on the European continent is littered to the brink with betrayal. It is, to put it mildly, a perfect portrayal of our apparently born inability to trust each other or work together. One… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Never again.

As I am writing this I am listening to the speeches in the EP plenary in Strasbourg, on the WW I and lessons of the past as we look to the future. I’ve been pondering on writing on this subject for the past few months, as the subject is so vast and incredibly complex, that… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

This article was first published in English and German on Der (europäische) Föderalist as a guest post on < The idea of a new treaty reform is out there – and it is time to talk about our priorities. In this loose series of guest articles, eurobloggers answer to the question: “If you could change… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

I have been reading a lot lately, on some interesting issues – the failure of the classic party system, challenges facing democracy today, developments in metropolis’ powers, populism resurfacing. All of these are connected. Because all of them deal with the future. And with politics and the way people respond to politics today. The history… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

As I sit here and listen to Mick Jagger’s “Blind leading the blind” competing with the crickets outside, and after going through a couple of articles on the state of the economy, world politics and current events in Romania I can’t stop thinking that while we are not all blind, we are certainly getting there… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Open Letter to the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Parliament   Dear Presidents José Manuel Barroso Herman van Rompuy Martin Schulz   We are deeply concerned about the future of Europe. The ongoing political, social and economic crisis is once again threatening to… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

The Greek polis brought us Democracy. A democracy suited for those times, tributary to the society where it was developed. The Roman Republic brought representative democracy. It’s quite easy to see why since the Roman Republic was significantly larger than any Greek City-State. Gathering all voting able citizens would have been quite unproductive. So electing… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

In my quest to come up with a federal model that could be implemented gradually across the EU, a model that would apply to all current member states and other future member states (you see here the complexity of this task) I have often come across the question of establishing a set of administrative levels… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

can anyone be a MEP? what if we could all be MEPs, at the same time, all the time? While some would argue that I’m rooting for building the largest Parliamentary Assembly hall ever, this is not what this is about! Because the largest Parliamentary Assembly space is already in place, and in many ways… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

On representing sheep.

I have turned this subject on all sides the last couple of weeks, not really sure how to approach it. I’ve done some reading, talked to people, and maintained my point of view: representative democracy is far from perfect, and it has a limit. This all started a few days before Christmas. I was out… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu