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Am început ieri o discuție despre dezvoltare și la un moment dat cineva m-a întrebat ce se întâmplă cu o comună care se luptă cu un scenariu “no exit” în care premisele actuale sunt atât de negre încât orice intenție de a împinge lucrurile înainte este sortită eșecului imediat. Am răspuns ce răspund de obicei… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Aud în fiecare zi oameni care se plâng de stadiul dezvoltării orașului sau comunei, sau județului și țării în care trăiesc. De multe ori cei ce se plâng sunt chiar aleși locali, oameni care au fost aleși să conducă comunități și să direcționeze dezvoltarea acestora către mai bine. Ceea ce pentru unii dintre ei e… » 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

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Development or no development? Yesterday I had an interesting conversation regarding Romania’s current development status, centered around it’s highway system. There has been a lot of debate regarding this system in the country in the past 10 years, and for all intents and purposes it will continue, will all the debacle regarding routes, costs, builders,… » 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

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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

– 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