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Why is innovation important? The obvious reason is that innovation is the catalyst of development and economic growth. Job creation, positive outlook for the populous – these are also consequences of well managed innovation. Over the past 2 weeks myself, Alex Ghita and Euronomist have been developing an idea on funding innovation at a pan-EU… » 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

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

No less than 23 years ago there were 2 ”Europes”. One in the West, one in the East. A wave of democratic movements across the continent coupled with the inherent failure of the socialist model solved that problem. One problem however remained unattended: the people. And I will stick to the Romanian experience, because I… » 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

– This text was first published as a guest post on European Spatial Planning Perspective Blog, on the 30th of August 2012 – From nation states to the EU Throughout history and even more so in recent history the continuous problem of nationality, and implicitly that of the nation state, has led to an ever… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu