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November 2017

Electors or Lobbyists?

2017-11-02T18:12:45+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

Although citizens have returned to have faith in the European project, this does not seem sufficient to assuage their skepticism about a European Union perceived as distant and therefore never listening.

Fair Food

2017-11-01T12:29:23+00:00November 2nd, 2017|

In a recent interview I gave for Play Ground I note that consumers face a distorted market in which prices do not reflect the intrinsic value of the products but the decisions of a few over the majority.

Regulating the Future

2017-11-01T11:34:47+00:00November 1st, 2017|

On October 23, I had the pleasure to be the keynote speaker at ANZSOG’s “Shifting Sands” Regulators Community of Practice Forum in Melbourne, Australia.

October 2017

Citizens Effecting Change Directly

2017-10-21T12:30:23+00:00October 23rd, 2017|

Citizen engagement is the best antidote to generalized democratic disillusionment - I explain why and how in this interview

Kickstarting Democracy

2017-10-21T09:05:42+00:00October 21st, 2017|

In a recent article I wrote for The World Economic Forum, I explore a number of options to reform democracy at the European level.

Civil Society Fighting Back

2017-10-09T22:43:45+00:00October 10th, 2017|

In a recent article I wrote for Bloomberg, I detail the ways in which Civil Society can fight back against the wave anti-democratic legislation sweeping Europe. The Soros-funded Central Europeean University in Hungary isn't the only non-governmental organization under attack in Europe.

Latent Populism

2017-10-09T21:58:20+00:00October 1st, 2017|

In a recent interview I gave for Playground I discuss the recent failure of populism in Europe, but warn that European leaders cannot rest of their laurels.

September 2017

EU Hungry for Democratic Legitimacy

2017-09-27T19:33:41+00:00September 28th, 2017|

With reforms to the EU's citizen petitioning system, stricter European party funding and other elements of the Democracy Package proposed by the EC, the EU aims for much-needed democratic legitimacy.

Event: The Right to Know

2017-09-27T19:54:43+00:00September 27th, 2017|

On the 28th September 2017, I will participate in the Right to Know Day Organised by the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity, Transparency, Corruption and Organised Crime (ITCO). The event runs from 9:00 - 13:30 at the European Parliament, Room P1A002, Brussels.

It’s Time Citizens Shape the Future of Europe

2017-10-04T17:49:56+00:00September 26th, 2017|

In an article I wrote for Bloomberg, I argue, as I have in my latest book Lobbying for Change, that citizens need to be shaping the future of the European Project.