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I’ve been starring at this blank page for the past 6 months, almost on a daily basis. I’ve been meaning to write more on the federalist quest, but I’ve been turned back again and again by news reaching me on developments on the EU scene. Today, as I have been more or less removed from… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Never again.

As I am writing this I am listening to the speeches in the EP plenary in Strasbourg, on the WW I and lessons of the past as we look to the future. I’ve been pondering on writing on this subject for the past few months, as the subject is so vast and incredibly complex, that… » read more

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Federalism in #RO

I have made it no secret that I am a true believer in a Federal Europe. My first post on this blog is about my belief that the national state has lived it’s life. And I do have to agree that in Romania, where I live, the federalist momentum has yet to become a reality,… » read more

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Building hope – Part 1.

I’ve often wondered how a Union Party should look like. What values and principles should it uphold, who should populate it, and what color should it have – green, red, blue, yellow? What would make a Union Party a strong party, a fair party, one that would separate itself from the measly debates of everyday… » read more

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In 1902, a Romanian MP with 30 years of political carrier behind him, named Titu Maiorescu published an article called “Oratori, retori si limbuti” [roughly translated as Orators, rhetors and babblers]. He described the 3 categories as follows: ” [Oratorul vorbeste pentru] precizarea unei situaţii publice, afirmarea sau combaterea unei idei, convingerea unui auditoriu; mobilul… » read more

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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

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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

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A short look into togetherness Let’s consider this scenario: in an apartment building live 16 families; each family has it’s own contracts for utilities; and all 16 families inhabit the same building. Now, one day, 5 families decide that sharing some of the costs of utilities could be beneficial. And so they take up a… » read more

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