Complementary currencies in the European Union: the state of art

Community currencies are economic, policy and social instruments that complement conventional money and address issues that are not commonly addressed by current monetary systems. Unlike internet-based cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, these so-called complementary or community currencies are often centred around a specific region or conviction. In recent years, the idea has spread all …

Threats and weaknesses of the Eastern partnership: towards a more pragmatic approach

When coming to the Eastern Partnership, the very first and not simple question that we have to ask is, what is it? As a very basic answer we could say that is the overall framework guiding relations between the EU and its six eastern partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), but this is surely not enough. It …

Reforming the EU – Deepening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

Reforming the EU – Deepening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union On the last December 6th 2017, the European Commission released a proposal stating a concrete roadmap for reforms to be taken in the next 18 months on Economic and Monetary Union. The EU Commission finally delivered on the commitment made by President Jean-Claude Juncker in his …

Brexit: a boomerang for the United Kingdom?

Brexit: a boomerang for the United Kingdom? The decision of the United Kingdom to leave Europe – with a 51.9% not staying anymore in EU – represented an earthquake for the entire European Union because, after the referendum on February 23rd 2016, there have been numerous consequences both on the …

The Role and Future of Social Enterprises in EU

The Role and Future of Social Enterprises in the European Union An entire segment of the economy is composed of entities that aim to increase social inclusion and reduce inequalities, while simultaneously creating economic value. It includes cooperatives, mutual societies, associations, foundations and social enterprises (independently of their legal form). While measuring …

AfriAlliance: a project to connect the dots to ensure life in Africa

AfriAlliance: a project to connect the dots to ensure life in Africa Climate change is happening now and given the fact that we “all” are responsible for the variations of the climate (IPCC, 2007), can we state that we are also responsible for the transformations that some countries are experimenting? …

The EU’s Defence Momentum

The EU’s Defence Momentum Opening the Annual Conference of the European Defence Agency EDA on 23 November 2017, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini called the letter notifying the intention of 23 Member States to embark on a Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defence: “probably the most important moment for European defence in decades“. …

European Union, don’t go away: the Social Pillar Prescription

European Union, don’t go away: the Social Pillar Prescription For way too long European Union has been on “trial”. The crisis which has been affected our home since 2008, finally seems giving Europe time to breath; however, the sense of disaffection is truly a common feeling that mostly Europeans share. If the …