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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

Federalism is not MTV

For the past few weeks, due to a very busy schedule, I’ve been less active than of late. But, as it seems, this has provided me with quite an unique outlook on what is going on with European Federalism lately. And I think I needed this to properly understand why federalism is not picking up… » 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

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

After reading Dimitris Rapidis post on Why there are no investments in Greece I started thinking that what he exposes on Greece in his article can be extended, with various degrees of accuracy to other Member States. Due to the nature of my profession, I often come across this issue – implanting investments in certain… » 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

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

No, Mr. Hollande..

..it’s not economic credibility or political credibility that we would loose if we fail to agree on the budget. It’s the advantage of a upper hand in all negotiations with any third party. I’ll be really short. Mr. Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic made a series of statement in his address to the… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu