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(Blog) What next for the European Union and United Kingdom?

I'm old enough to have voted in the first ever UK-wide referendum in 1975. I was one of the 67% who responded positively to the question “Do you think the UK should stay in the European Community (Common Market)?” Times have changed and that very healthy 2/3 majority is unlikely to be repeated!

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Green Italia; la politica con un altro colore.

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More than 250 people assembled on Saturday 1 March in the lovely Quirinetta theatre, which is around the corner from the Trevi fountain in the heart of Rome. The event was called Constituenta #GreenItalia – it celebrated the foundation of a new ecologist movement in Italy.  

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Debating in the heart of Europe!

Ever since the days of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), Northrhine-Westphalia is located right inside the heart of the European project. And although the European Union is suffering a major crisis at the moment, we are still strongly convinced that European problems can only be solved by the people living in Europe working together.

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Organising debates is fun!

For the last couple of months, I've been really busy helping organise the series of Green Primary debates that are taking place both online and in cities across Europe. We want to make sure that people have an opportunity the get to know the four Contenders very well, so they can make an informed decision when they choose who they want to be our two Leading Candidates in the 2014 European Elections.

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Organising debates is fun!

For the last couple of months, I've been really busy helping organise the series of Green Primary debates that are taking place both online and in cities across Europe. We want to make sure that people have an opportunity the get to know the four Contenders very well, so they can make an informed decision when they choose who they want to be our two Leading Candidates in the 2014 European Elections.

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Green Primary: the second internal phase has begun!

Six candidates have presented themselves to become a Green Leading Candidate in the Green Primary, that we are organising as European Greens: five of them nominated by their Green party, one by the Federation of Young European Greens. It was the first of a series of deadlines that we face in the procedure. And as with every deadline it was exciting too see if last minute nominations would come in and if we would receive all of them in time.

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The Future is Now - Why the Federation of Young European Greens support the Green Primary

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Democracy in ancient Greece was made up of only around 500 people (to be precise, of 500 male aristocrats). Aristoteles argued that a bigger group of people would not be as effective. Since then Europe has grown and the size of the group that is united by European democracy is over 400 million people.

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Putting the European people in the center of the Greens’ campaign

While summer days are quiet days in the streets and on the squares around the European institutions in Brussels, there’s one place that doesn’t seem to care much about the holidays: the campaign hub of the European Green Party.  There’re nine months to go until next year’s European Elections. Nine months for our campaign team to translate the ambitious campaign plan into action. Aiming for more votes than in the 2009 European Elections, when we achieved our best result ever (7.5% EU-wide), our team is preparing a campaign that will be based on three pillars: personalisation, participation and transnationalisation.

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Real Democracy starts with oneself - go for a Green Primary in Europe!

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, wrote a blog about our European Green primary and the experience the German Greens had with their primary, the Urwahl.
"The media referred to our decision on the primary as having set a new standard. By that we clearly left our political opponents behind. They were still deciding on their leading candidates behind closed doors and now got more and more in a situation where they had to confront themselves with the question why not opt for more democratic and open decision making themselves."

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The assault against Green Economy is an obstacle to economic recovery

The harsh criticisms of solar energy and the Green Economy that appeared in Corriere della Sera on World Environment Day were bewildering. According to a recent publication by the German Advisory Council on Environment, Germany will be able to develop a 100% renewable, fully energy-efficient energy system before 2050. The German study was clear: if a similar strategy was adopted at a European (or at least regional) level, the costs would be considerably lower than our current system, while at the same time providing greater benefits for employment and competitiveness. This is surely the strategy that all the European Governments should adopt.

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Human genes are declared open source material!

In a previous existence, I was a campaigner against GMOs and was heavily involved in the No Patents on Life movement, which was, and still is, opposed to the patenting of lifeforms. So the decision last week of the US Supreme Court, that a firm called Myriad Genetics could not claim the patent ownership of two genes coding for breast cancer, called BRAC 1 and 2, was welcome news to me.  

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Reconnecting European citizens with the 2014 European Elections campaign

Last weekend at the EGP Spring Council in Madrid, I was very impressed about how seriously and lively we discussed about involving citizens in our common Green European elections campaign. I believe we've decided upon a strong campaign strategy, that can reconnect citizens, increase participation and overcome the European elections’ image of being dull and unsexy.

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Spring Council in Madrid: starting to reclaim the Future

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A few hours before the European Green Party Spring Council kicks off, the NH Eurobuilding Hotel in Madrid turns slowly but surely into green. The printers are running hot, EGP staff and over 40 volunteers work on the last preparations, and delegates already meet, read, and discuss in the lobby.

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The multiple landscapes of Madrid, Spain and Cyprus

©European Greens - Council members visiting Madrid before the Council

We are a long way from recovery and not far from the European elections. Will the voters want to demand a different set of solutions? A Green and sustainable economic model? 

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Nuclear not the way forward

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On March 10, Rory attended a protest in Huy, a really lovely Belgian town on the banks of the river Meuse.

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Celebrating 40 years of Greens in England and Wales - and a constant voice

BLOG: In 1989, the party scored just short of 15%. Under any intelligent electoral system, that would have given us at least 12 seats in the European Parliament (EP). What a difference 12 or more British Green MEPs would have made in Brussels and Strasbourg. They would have been the largest faction in the Green Group and would have certainly given the group a different political flavour. That would probably have influenced the future direction of the EGP, too.

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Numbers hide the real face of unemployment in Spain

Blog: Two of my close friends have recently lost their jobs. They are only two examples of what is happening, not just in Catalonia, but across Spain - and most certainly in Portugal and Greece.  People are being kicked out of their jobs, deprived of a dignified way of earning their living, and in the end, of freely living their lives. Spain is in the middle of a crisis because the current government has failed to act on three key issues

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Are Europe's youth to be the collateral damage of austerity?

All across Europe, unemployment is about about 11.8% . When I saw that figure, I actually thought, for a recession, that is not so terribly bad. I have seen it before and country's recover. Across Europe, about 23 million people are unemployed. Divide that by the 27 member countries and we all have about one million unemployed. Oh, if that were only the truth. If only misery was mathematically allotted.

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Green Italians abroad, use your postal vote!

Italians residing abroad will elect 12 deputies and six senators to the upcoming elections on February 24-25. This will be done by postal vote. Italian Voters living abroad  will receive the ballot papers between February 6-10. Voters who have not yet received the ballot papers by February 10 should contact their Consulate. Once you have made your choice and preference in writing, the vote must be sent by mail to the Consulate by February 20.

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From ‘Big Brother’ to ‘Every Brother’, the conflict of personal freedom and data collection

We Greens value personal freedom as one of our main principles. We do not want a 'Big Brother' soceiety where the state controls you. Neither do we want an 'Every Brother' society where everyone controls everyone. That is the reason why data pivacy is top issue for us.

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