Une contribution exceptionnelle pour aider la Grèce

La dette grecque aujourd’hui atteint un montant d’environ 330 milliards d’euros.

La population active en Europe compte environ 240 millions d’individus, avec un revenu annuel net que l’on estimera à 20,000 euros. Quelques lignes de mathématiques montrent que si chaque citoyen européen touchant un salaire donne une contribution exceptionnelle de 150 euros, cela permettra de collecter 36 milliard d’euros. Soit un peu plus d’un dixième de la dette Grecque.

Cette contribution pourrait bien sur être partagée de façon équitable pour correspondre aux revenus. Il est peut être même possible de collecter un peu plus que 36 milliard.

Un petit effort de solidarité de la part des citoyens pourrait considérablement aider la Grèce à réduire sa dette, tout en montrant la détermination des Européens à trouver une solution à la crise.

(Sources: 1,2,3,4)

Movies from across the EU

Ever felt like the only movies playing at your local theater comes mostly from your own country and hollywood ? You want to discover the art and culture from other European Countries ?

If you are looking for a list of movies from other EU countries that are of interest, search no more, here is the annual list of movies shown at the Annual European Union Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Center in Chicago. You can obviously also look at the lists from previous years.

If you know where to see or buy the movies listed there , please share with us, so european culture can spread.

Le vin européen devient “Bio”

Jusqu’à présent, le bio n’existait dans le monde oenologique que sous la forme des raisins utilisés pour la fabrication du vin.

Mais de nouvelles règles européennes introduisent le vin biologique, qui ne se contente pas d’être fabriqué à partir de raisins issus de l’agriculture biologique, mais concerne l’ensemble du processus de vinification.

Pour en savoir plus, lire la note de la commission: ici.

Realpolitik is killing the euro

Realpolitik is often seen as a way to move forward, to avoid conflicts and deadlocks, and to increase international influence by a realistic approach of issues. And this is true, such pragmatic approach is likely to favor the resolution of problems without creating new ones.

However this political philosophy which clearly prevailed in the European Union, in particular regarding the so called eurozone crisis, presents an important drawback: it is, by nature attentiste and bound to react to the events and not foresee the problems to tackle the issue before they arise.

That is definitely what is lacking today in the resolution of the crisis: a sense of purpose for the future, a project and ideas.So clues of what could be done are thrown around, but not really discussed or backed by serious political commitment. It is not even clear if the eurozone wants to stick together or if an exit for countries in difficulty could happen.

It is time to have a solid project and ambition for the eurozone and europe, otherwise, financial markets and foreign political actors will not take us seriously.

A question to the euro-sphere

Some of you, euro-travellers, may have experienced what could be described as an identity control when spending the night in a hotel in some European countries. I think in particular to Italy where the hotel staff ask for identification(documenti) upon arrival, and also to Finland, where the traveller fill out a form indicating his time of stay and country of origin.

This raise some questions:

  • Does this kind of control happen in other countries (I did not visit all of them — yet) ?
  • What is the purpose of it ?
  • How does this stand in respect to the freedom of circulation in the European Union ?

If you experienced such control or have some kind of answer, please contribute on the comments section of by twitter.