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As published by EurActiv.com: The European school system “might soon collapse” if not reformed, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas told a public hearing in Brussels last week (19 March), citing “alarming signs” like lack of teachers, cumbersome decision-making procedures and governments’ unwillingness to invest in infrastructure. Acknowledging that reforming the European school system is a… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

EurActiv summary of an essay by Michael Burrell, Deputy chairman, European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA) “For public affairs practitioners to be truly effective, [they] must have a profound understanding of institutional and cultural differences,” argues Michael Burrell, vice-chairman of Edelman Europe and deputy chairman of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA). Consultancy work… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

As published on EurActiv.com… Works of fiction have always dealt with political issues and institutions, “but the last decade has seen a much more concerted trend in this direction,” argues Conor McGrath, an independent scholar and deputy editor of the Journal of Public Affairs, citing an upsurge in the number of novels, movies, TV shows… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

Are you a lobbyist based in or around the Brussels area? If you are, the details of the EurActiv.com survey, below, may be of interest to you. We would be pleased to hear your opinions. Please feel free to post your thoughts below… As published by EurActiv.com: Survey: Lobbyists reluctant to sign up to register… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

Are you based in or around the Schuman area? What do you think of the propsed changes? Will they represent value for money? Should the EU be suggesting ideas like this about changing a national capital city? To voice your opinions, please comment below… The European Commission wants to give the area a more “symbolic”… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

The following story was published on Tuesday 3rd March. At an EU informal summit on Sunday (1 March), leaders from Central and Eastern European countries strongly criticised Western media for depicting their countries as “black holes” and major threats to economic stability. “Eastern European countries need to repay short-term debts of more than $400 billion… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge