- About Us
- Our Work
This Sunday 800 people trying to reach Europe are dispersed in the Mediterranean Sea. A boat packed with up to 250 migrants trying to reach Europe has sunk off the Libyan coast. According to the latest information available, only 36 of them have been rescued. Some 500 people are missing and feared drowned after people smugglers sank a boat carrying them last week 300 miles off the coast of Malta. For the umpteenth time, a human tragedy happened just at the borders of the European Union. And this while the Italian government has just declared it will end its rescue operation, Mare Nostrum and leave it to a division of the border agency called Frontex Plus, although funding and missions of the new operation are still unclear.
New Juncker Commission – Excitement, Opportunities, Threats
The Tweet of Martin Selmayr, head of the transition cabinet of Commission President-elect Juncker, on Monday evening indicating that there will be surprises in the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners designated by the Member States, was promising and exciting. As a result, so many people wanted to witness the live broadcasted press conference of Juncker that the Commission server had difficulties yesterday midday.
Education at a glance 2014
The OECD published this year’s Education at a Glance today, a publication providing recent statistics on education systems, their structures and financing in OECD countries around the world. The publication gathers information on formal education from early childhood to adult learning.
New Commission – New Game?
If the leaked list of yesterday is not mere fiction, we are not the only ones who should feel concerned. How does this list match the commitments made by Commission President Juncker in his speech to the European Parliament in Strasburg before his election (you can read the guidelines here). There is a French saying “Promises only bind those who believe in them”, but in this case those promises were made to the democratically elected European institution which is the European Parliament.