Friday, September 15, 2017

Fundamental Freedoms in jeopardy in Spain



On Tuesday 19 September, the Spanish Congress will vote on a controversial new LGBTI Non-Discrimination and Equality. Although I am against discrimination, this Bill goes so far that fundamental freedoms as the freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief are in serious jeopardy.  The European Dignity Watch published an  excellent and detailed article that I gladly (with permission of the author Roxana Stanciu) like to share.  The EDW is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation based in Brussels and is active in the protection of human dignity and family.



Monday, September 11, 2017

Brexit: Will the United Kingdom be able to keep it's access to the single market and exit the EU?

About Brexit and EU Strategies

 There are currently a lot of discussions around the topic of Brexit. These debates revolve around what the Treaties stipulate as well as the expected consequences of the Brexit. It is argued by the British government that a compromise on Britain's future access to the single market can be found restricting at the same time the influx of immigrants coming from EU countries citing the agreement that is currently in place with Liechtenstein. 

I would like to share an analysis made by my colleague Lefteris Kaloterakis where we try to answer most of the frequently asked questions. According to Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the current negotiations must be concluded within 2 years (the process officially began on the 29th of March). Of course the European Council (by unanimous vote) can negotiate or prolong the procedure, but the question is if the United Kingdom really has a lot of negotiation space in order to have access to the European single market and to exit the EU. In this article we will also compare the future position of the United Kingdom with other countries as Liechenstein, Norway and Switzerland that have agreements with the EU, have access to the single market without being part of the EU. Furthermore, we will discuss also the Brexit in the light of the proposed strategies for the European Union. See the article  below

Dutch national tv campaign: "Boys and Girls are equal but not the same. Do you let your boy be enough boy?"

In the Netherlands, a new campaign organized by an initiative from the communications and media industry that has been involved in developing awareness campaigns for 40 years and is called SIRE, focuses on the fact that although boys and girls are equal, they are not the same. SIRE is not a governmental organization (as I thought before), but is recognized as the national organization focused on societal issues and has a lot of impact as it broadcast on the national tv channels. The title of the campaign is: "Do you let your boy be enough boy?"