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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 9th, 2009 at 01:50:40 PM EST
EurActiv.com - The European Parliament: More powerful than its reputation | EU - European Information on EU Elections 09
"Bringing citizens closer to Europe (and not bringing Europe closer to citizens) is the biggest challenge" of the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, argues Nicolaus Heinen of Deutsche Bank Research in an April paper.

From 4-7 June, over 375 million EU citizens from 27 member states will directly elect, for a legislative period of five years, 736 members of the European Parliament. But "these elections are being held for a parliament which is often unjustly labelled as insignificant and underestimated," writes Heinen.

"Since its first constituent sitting in 1958, the European Parliament has steadily gained in significance and competences," he argues, pointing out that "over 40% of the national legislation passed in Germany is triggered by EU initiatives".

And "in areas such as agriculture or environmental policy, the share is close to 80%," he adds.

"Unlike the national parliaments, the European Parliament is not dominated by one ruling coalition or party," stresses the researcher. "This allows autonomous, strategic decisions to be made on relevant issues according to specific principles, rather than being dictated by the strictures of partisan politics," he explains.

"The public at large is not sufficiently aware of the European Parliament's influence," Heinen laments, while public interest in the EU assembly "has fallen over the past few years".

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 9th, 2009 at 03:06:51 PM EST
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Social Democrats launch EP candidates and take the opportunity to attack President Basescu - Politics - HotNews.ro
Social Democrats launched its candidates for the June 2009 European Parliamentary elections at Romexpo, Bucharest on Friday. Social Democratic President, Mircea Geoana did not miss the opportunity to launch an attack against his future Presidential counter-candidate, incumbent President Traian Basescu.
Follow the main declarations in the article.

Here are Geoana's main declarations:

  • 2009 is an important year for the Social Democrats as they must lead the change in Romania
  • 2009 will mark the Social Democratic year in Romania and in the world
  • the key to the economic crisis rests in the Social Democratic hands
  • The right-wing parties ruled Romania in times of economic heaven: if they failed to manage the country in those times, how can we trust their judgement in times of turmoil?
  • 2009 must represent the end of President Basescu's rule
  • Romania's right wing parties are the same as the European right wing ones, who increased their attacks against Romanians across Europe
  • 2009 will mark a real change for the Social Democratic Party when we will win elections
  • Social Democrats will win, and all Romanian will win along side
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 9th, 2009 at 03:16:24 PM EST
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From his mouth to the Gods ears.

Now to get people to realize that they are not ants, but rather that they are the Gods, the only ones who can do something about creating a good life and social progress.

It is a Shared Processing Program that we need.

Objective: to redirect and take advantage of the wasted cycles of people's lives, to invigorate and utilize the heartbeat of native kindness which gets apathized and internalized by the turmoils of the day.


  1. Find actions that people can do in the small units of time that they can make for reaching out of whichever shell they are in. Larger groups for those already in groups, to the smallest action for those who are stuck in themselves.

  2. Organize those actions so that they are a click away.

  3. Make them known.

  4. Constantly and consistently remind people that they want to help and there are ways to do it.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 05:47:19 AM EST
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