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Thursday last I participated in a meeting held at the Romanian Senate, organised by the Romanian Association of European Federalists (AFER) on the European Citizenship, the European Year of citizens and the European Citizens Initiative. It was part informative for those who were not up to speed, part hallucinating through some of the opinions expressed.… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Last year I was asked by Dr. Georgios Papanagnou to answer a couple of question regarding the EU savvy Blogosphere for his study in the matter at United Nations University – Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies. I was pleasantly surprised today to receive an email from Dr. Papanagnou announcing that he has published a… » 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

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Concerns.

We are living interesting times. That is a certainty. But as much as they are interesting they are perilous. I have spent the better part of this week reading and listening to all sorts of execs and politicians – EU wide, with a larger quota of Romanian politicians and execs since I happen to live… » 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

Earlier today I was reading a blog entry on the Economist Blogs by Charlemagne on the relationship between the EU budget approved by the Council and the European Parliament. And this paragraph caught my eye: “The argument boils down to the question of where democratic legitimacy really lies. Little-known MEPs can scarcely claim to command… » read more

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New treaty or older issues?

Would a new treaty solve the current EU debacle? There is a distinct possibility, argued by many, that a new treaty, sparked off the Cameron speech could in turn prove to be a turning point in EU development. Even if in principle I share that view, some things need to be achieved beforehand. And chief… » read more

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Soft secession in the EU?

Could the UK`s perceived attempt at leaving the EU be considered a sort of European Soft Secession War? What I want to state from the beginning is that this is an exercise of thought, and in no way am I claiming any connection between reprehensible actions of both North and South during the American Civil… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu