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9 days to go till #EP2014 elections in Romania and the expectations aren’t particularly high. There seems to be a collective idea that voting makes no difference, and to some extent that is actually true. We are voting on party lists, where major party figures are ranked up top on said lists, so no matter… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

As we are closing in on the EP elections to be held in May all across the EU, there are a couple of themes that seem to be on top of anything else: the democratic deficit of EU leadership, voters presence for European Elections and, connected with the first, the election of the new European… » 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

Centralized government is a reality of modern times. Wherever we turn there is the spectrum of a higher power, located in a very pin-pointed geographic location, that exercises power and control over our lives. Perception. It is useful of sorts as it is easier to blame some distant construct for problems that stem within the… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Let’s build bonds

I’m thinking of starting a new initiative – one aimed at improving citizen to citizen relations within the EU. I am a long time supporter of the idea that a EU identity is based on the people’s experiences. So, in front of all this new Euro-scepticism and continuous finger pointing, amidst debates and arguments between… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

I am European.

I am European. Before anything else. I have assumed this identity. I was lucky. I grew up in a decent sized town just outside of Bucharest, Romania’s capital, that offered me a wealth of opportunities to develop my personality – I wrote at a student magazine and I worked as an editor for the same… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

I finished my last post with the idea that we must change the way we perceive development. And that may be a harder nut to crack that expected. I will restrict my argumentation on Romania because I know the realities here better, but I’m confident that the idea can be exported. This idea to perceive… » 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

Open Letter to the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Parliament   Dear Presidents José Manuel Barroso Herman van Rompuy Martin Schulz   We are deeply concerned about the future of Europe. The ongoing political, social and economic crisis is once again threatening to… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu