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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

Back in Romania there is a lot of talk these days on regions generated by a project to federalize the country. It’s complex and has to do with development, financing and to be honest ethnicity. Ethnicity as criteria, even a diluted and non-direct criteria is a mistake in this writer’s opinion, but that is a… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

From the east

The current European Commission is half way in its term, and already talks of the future Commission President are on their way. The Barroso II Commission is not doing so well in a recent opinion poll conducted by EurActiv and Burson-Marsteller and that seems to be further empowering this debate. One of the names that… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Words off our forefathers

On April 18 1951, in Paris Konrad Adenauer (West Germany), Paul van Zeeland, Joseph Meurice (Belgium), Robert Schuman (France), Count Sforza (Italy), Joseph Bech (Luxembourg), Dirk Stikker and J. R. M. van den Brink (Netherlands) signed what Schuman called “the Great Charter of Europe”. It was the document that created the European Coal and Steel… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Spirit, Europe, Erasmus

Sometimes I fear that the Europe I know is slowly disappearing. That the ‘’dream that is Europe” is about to be abruptly interrupted by petty interests and self-centered individuals. That after experiencing European freedom I will now be punished with the whip of nationalism. And it is frightening. At the peak frequency of my travelling… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Evolving to federal e-voting

What would happen if everybody wanted to vote? On anything? Could it be done? Just imagine waking up in the morning, and while having breakfast and coffee, instead of reading a newspaper / news-feed / social network updates you would get to vote on 15-20 issues. Current technological advance insures that it would be quite… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Everyone seems to be ignoring the white elephant in the room – you can’t have a Federal Europe without considering the major European corporations and their interests. The citizenship of corporations Whenever the federal theme is discussed everybody talks of nations relinquishing sovereignty, of people not being ready, of European Identity. Nobody talks about the… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu