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On Alternative(s) to Neoliberal Globalization

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On Alternative(s) to Neoliberal Globalization From 17 to 19 June 2015, I attended the 14th Annual Conference of the International Social Theory Consortium (ISTC) “Reconstructing Social Theory, History and Practice” at the University of Cambridge, with presentation “On Alternative(s) to Neoliberal Globalization” on the 17th of June 2015. First, the ISTC conference was about reconstruction, […]

Transformation of Politics in Estonia

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From 4 to 5 December 2014, I participated in CBEES Annual Conference “Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe: A new generation on the move” at Södertörn University, Stockholm, which conference aimed at “contemporary processes and challenges, and […] the role of the new generations that have emerged in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea […]

The 13th COSAC Report

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As I did already begin listing the EU’s strategy documents here, I would next add a link to the 13th Bi-annual Report of COSAC: “Developments in European Union Procedures and Practices Relevant to Parliamentary Scrutiny“, which document adds to democratic accountability, and dates back to May-June 2010. This document reflects the changes made by the Treaty […]

Project Europe 2030

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In June 2010, the Council of the EU published Project Europe 2030 – Challenges and Opportunities – a report by the Reflection Group on the Future of the EU. The leading members of the Reflection Group were Felipe González Márquez (Chairman), Vaira Vike-Freiberga (Vice-Chair), Jorma Ollila (Vice-Chair), Lykke Friis, Rem Koolhaas, Richard Lambert, Mario Monti, […]

Conference „New Values after the Lisbon Treaty“

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Conference hall.

I attended the conference „New Values after the Lisbon Treaty“ today, 7 July 2010, organized by the Pázmány Péter Catholic University. The conference began with registration and welcome buffet (Hungarian kitchen – food as part of identity), and was structured as follows: 14.00-14.10 Welcoming words by György Fodor, Rector of the Pazmany Catholic University 14.10-14.30 Message of […]

Universal vs. Liberal Democracy?

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Khan, Ali (2003) A Theory of Universal Democracy: Beyond the End of History

I am revising one of my articles that I had proposed years ago to an Estonian social science journal. The article is about making of primary and secondary laws in the European Union in the context of universal and state-centred theories. Looking for the appropriate contextual framework, and hoping to bring clearly out distinction between human […]

On Ensurance of Fair Trial Rights, Negotiation Directives, and Next Steps on Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

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On 9th March 2010, the European Commission proposed legislation that hopefully helps people exercise their fair trial rights anywhere in the EU when they cannot understand the language of the case: On 17th March 2010, the European Commission proposed negotiation directives for the EU’s accession to the ECHR: On 18th March 2010, Viviane […]

Secondary, but Still Important Players

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Although the Treaty of Lisbon increases the role of the national parliaments of the Member States, they are not to be at the heart of the EU, but remain secondary players instead. The following gives an overview of the (renewed) functions of a national parliament in the EU:   Article 12 TEU: National Parliaments contribute […]

Democracy – A Win-Win Situation?

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The EU bases on principles of democracy. One can find provisions on representative democracy, and participatory democracy in the constitutive treaties of the EU.  Since the provisions lie in the constitutive treaties, one can also talk of constitutional democracy here. There exist also other forms and sub-forms of democracy, such as – explained in one of the […]

Citizen’s Initiative

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I have always tried to think of others as complementary (the Other as  myself, which means that I have always tried to understand the Other), rather than oppose the Other (although life has taught me that if I help furthering the Other’s aims, it does not usually mean furtherance of my own aims, and disappearance of the conflict […]

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