Future Investment in EU Regions

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) said it “welcomes” the European Parliament’s decision to adopt the Common Provisions Regulation Report on future investment in EU regions, which represents a positive step towards a strong, reformed Cohesion policy after 2020. In particular, the CPMR supports the Parliament’s decision to remove from the report the link…

Second Brexit Referendum to be Held on Day of EU Elections?

Speculation is growing about the possibility of a breakthrough in the campaign to secure a second referendum after a grassroots proposal to allow the Withdrawal Agreement a safe passage through parliament  in return for a second Brexit referendum was taken up by across-party group of MPs. Roger Casale, founder and CEO of New Europeans who  drafted the…

“New Europeans” Campaigns for Citizens’ Rights Post-Brexit

Roger Casale - New Europeans Campaigns for Citizens' Rights

The campaign group New Europeans has renewed its call for a “GreenCard” for EU citizens at meeting to discuss way forward with citizenship rights post Brexit. Members of New Europeans and representatives of civil society met on Thursday in Brussels to discuss the plight of EU27 citizens and Britons in Europe post Brexit at a…

UK Set to Lose Billions as a Result of Brexit

UK Set to Lose Billions

New analysis from the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) estimates that the United Kingdom would be entitled to approximately 13 billion euros of regional development funding for the 2021-2027 period should it stay in the European Union.  The CPMR has published a projection of the share of funding from the EU Cohesion policy for…

The Black Sea Basin in 2019

Black Sea in 2019

The British broadsheet, The Guardian , was the first to announce that the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project had discovered  the world’s oldest intact shipwreck at the bottom of the Black Sea, writes Hande Bozatli. A lack of oxygen at that depth had preserved the ship undisturbed for more than 2,400 years, the researchers said. Furthermore, National Geographic Archaeologist-in-Residence Fredrik…

Impact of Cities and Regions on Social and Economic Well-Being of European Citizens

Impact of Cities and Regions on Social and Economic

The French press has suggested  that the  anti-government protests of yellow vest protestors in France started  initially as a protest against a rise in taxes on diesel.  However,  some violent groups and far-right groups  infiltrated this grass-root citizens’ movement and  many small business owners have suffered losses during the riots, writes Hande Bozatli. Could this kind of restlessness in…

Regional Approach To Refugee Situation in Europe

Regional Approach To Refugee

The  refugee situation in Europe and its neighbourhood continues to be high on the European  political agenda.  There are many actors at different levels providing a multi-layered response to the refugee situation, writes Hande Bozatli. Among these  actors the  role of Local and Regional Governments is at the forefront of offering public services to refugees. At the…

German CDU Stops Short of Revolt Against Merkel

CDU Stops Short of Revolt Against Merkel

The German Christian Democrats (CDU) are no longer under the thumb of Angela Merkel. During the party congress in Hamburg on December 7 the CDU elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (or simply AKK) as its chairperson. She was Merkel’s candidate of choice. But her election was a close call, as the first round did not produce any…

“New Europeans” Receives CiDAN/ESDA Prize in Berlin

Europeans Receives CiDAN/ESDA Prize

“New Europeans” has received the CiDAN/ESDA Europe Award for European citizenship and human rights at a ceremony held during the Berlin Security Conference, writes Martin Banks. The award was made in recognition of New Europeans’ leading role in the campaign to safeguard the rights of EU27 citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe following the Brexit…

Romanian prosecutors investigate cryptocurrency funding of #resist protestors

Romanian prosecutors investigate cryptocurrency

The Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) in Romania is investigating 403 cryptocurrency transactions.  These transactions, valued in total at 14 million US Dollars, were made over a period of three years, writes James Wilson. The funds entered Romania in order to fund #resist groups and other NGOs who support the National Anti-Corruption…