National Politics Still Dominate Debates

Beautiful and divided: the isle of Cyprus / writes about the European Parliament elections. We give an overview of current events in all member states. This time, we complete the letters C and D. Read here what we have posted in the last days and why the Czech artist David Černý is always involved. By Ulrike Brandt, Sebastian Knecht and Amelie Roth

This is the second time Cypriot voters are going to elect members of the European Parliament in the upcoming elections. Just as in the elections in 2004, the main subject is Cyprus‘ separation since the 1970s. President Demetris Christofias, the Greek Cypriot leader and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, launched talks to reunite their island last September. But until now, substantial progress has not yet been achieved. And talks could even slow done. Read more…

Czech Republic: Back to euroscepticism?

What to think of the Czechs? Just during their presidency of the Council of the European Union the government was overturned. The Czech parliament confirmed the fifth motion of no-confidence since 2006 against President Topolánek (Civic Democratic Party, ODS), brought to Parliament by opposition leader Ji Paroubek from the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD). Topolánek is still in office provisionally, but will be replaced. Read more…

Denmark: Benefit from high voter turnout in the European elections?

David Cerny's "Entropa"Denmark is the country widely known for one of the most favorite children’s games, Lego. Out of small Lego pieces you can build almost everything – sculptures, houses and landscapes can be found at the famous Legoland, a family amusement park. David Černý, a Czech artist which we have already mentioned in our blog, has rebuilt the map of Denmark out of Lego to be part of his artwork “Entropa” which is currently exhibited at Justus Lipsius building in Brussels. At first glance, the map does not seem to be notably extraordinary. Take a second look and you’ll find a familiar face in it. Read more…



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