Alert for the second half of 2013 – Global systemic crisis II : second devastating explosion/social outburst on a worldwide scale
A 2008 Lehman type shock, the fire’s symbolic start and especially widespread awareness of the situation, has not yet occurred. This really isn’t good news because, over time, the situation is getting worse and it’s not a shock that one must prepare for but a devastating explosion… (page 2)
EU 2014-2015: after the European Parliamentary elections, the stand-off between the Parliament and the European Council will encourage Euroland’s rise
The EU’s institutional architecture has always been, since the beginning of the European integration process, based on the shifting sands of political reality. If we only look at it at a given moment, one could be led to believe that the structure is sound, firmly rooted in European treaties. But the reality is quite different… (page 11)
The world in 2030 – Diversification / infrastructures / education: anticipating an economy’s post-crisis capacity to rebound
If it’s necessary to have a view of short term events to navigate through this crisis of secular magnitude, one must never however lose sight of the big picture of the changes in the world, as we regularly remind GEAB readers. It’s the reason why it’s important not to forget the core trends which shape a society over the long term, i.e. over several decades (20 to 30 years)… (page 15)
Global Governance - The Euro-BRICS rapprochement at the service of the system’s update or as a matrix for a new model?
Are the institutions of global governance, theoretically in charge of managing the crisis affecting the world for the last five years, structurally capable of undertaking the necessary reforms to create the conditions for an improvement in their effectiveness?… (page 27)
Strategic and operational recommendations
Cash / oil / stock exchanges / bonds… (page 30)
The GlobalEurometre - Results and Analyses
This month’s questionnaire reflects a high but constant concern about the economic signals, with the notable exception over the risk of bank failures which has become clearer once again… (page 33)
Bringing democracy to new frontiers in size and diversity
A series of 100 debate-conferences on the future of Europe Organised by Newropeans and Europe 2020
Thanks to the support of Hippocrène Foundation, ACCOR Group and Bernard Rossmann
Held in 100 towns from 25 countries of the New Europe
In cooperation with 100 partner-organisations (cities, universities, associations…)
Hosted by Franck Biancheri, Director of Studies & Strategy in Europe 2020
Based on the "15 propositions for an efficient and democratic enlarged EU" of reference-book "Vision Europe 2020"
A democratic debate on the future of Europe is a coherent and organized event, which ought to ask simple and tangible questions on what we expect from tomorrow’s Europe. It should also be an open debate, enabling to get free from decisions made 50 years ago, as well as from the preferences of today’s Brussels bureaucrats, and from national fears. Innovating and citizen-based as they are, the 15 proposals of " Vision Europe 2020 ", available in 20 languages, could offer an ideal basis to fuel the debate with all those European citizens who wonder " Where is Europe going? " and who have some ideas on possible answers.
For these reasons, together with members of the Europe 2020 and Newropeans networks, the coordinator of " Vision Europe 2020 ", Franck Biancheri, agreed to host personally a debate based on the 15 proposals, to be held in 100 European towns located in 25 different countries, between October 2002 and July 2003.
A physical and intellectual challenge at the scale of this new Europe we must now organize.
In October 2003, a new version of "Vision Europe 2020", integrating comments made by the citizens in these debates and on the Internet, was published, distributed and officially presented in the framework of the closing congress of the NDM operation: the "Newropeans 2003" Congress.
The Marathon’s route:
Paris, The Hague, Amsterdam, Hanover, Munster, Antwerp, Rennes, Imperia, San Remo, Perinaldo, Nice, Perugia, Todi, Terni, Foligno, Breda, Utrecht, Sceaux, Dunkerque, Ljubljana, Hermagor, Arriach, Villach, Salzburg, Frankfurt, Nancy, Offenburg, Munich, Falticeni, Bucharest, Cluj, Cannes, Avignon, Marseille, Perpignan, Amiens, Gent, Tournai, Assise, Rome, Ancona, Naples, Berlin, Potsdam, Amadora, Evora, Lisbon, Plasencia, Cuacos de Yuste, Hervas, Warsaw, Czestochowa, Lodz, Chania, New-York, Cap d’Ail, Saint Pierre de Féric, Tampere, Helsinki, Klagenfurt, Vienna, Graz, Ljutomer, Radenci, Gödöllö, Budapest, Novi Sad, Zsambek, Sofia, Plovdiv, Komotini, Chantilly, Klaipeda, Tallinn, Tartu, Malpils, Riga, Valmiera, Cardiff, Southampton, Copenhagen, Porto, Setubal, Vigo, Santiago de Compostelle, London, Cologne, Bonn, Brussels, Bergneustadt, Prague, Broumov, Bordeaux, Bratislava
Some talking figures:
. 150.000 km covered by Franck Biancheri, including 40.000 by car, in 8 months
. close to 10.000 Europeans met along some 300 hours of debate
. 25 countries, 100 conferences, some 150 partner organisations: 23 local authorities, 31 universities, 45 associations, 15 media-organisations .....
. 100 panels shared by Franck Biancheri with 115 co-panelists (MPs, elected officials, university professors, experts, journalists,…)
All that with a very “citizen” budget:
. 150.000 Euros, all included: preparation, coordination, organisation, documentation, website, travels, ... , i.e. 15 Euros per citizen met.
One more proof of the fact that properly designed, supported by motivated partners, and using the assets of networking and new technologies, European democracy can be CHEAP.
To know more about the Newropeans Democracy Marathon : visit the website