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New Deal for the European Union

The New Deal for Europe -For a European Special Plan for Sustainable Development and Employment is a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) proposed by the European Federalist Movement and many other organizations across the European Union. First, what is an ECI? This is a tool of participatory democracy introduced by the …

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Interview with HM Uk Ambassador to Italy Cristopher Prentice.

In the frame of the fifth edition of  U.K. – Italy Springboard 2014, an entrepreneurial contest coordinated by UK Trade and Investment in cooperation with Morning Boost, Retrò Online had the pleasure and the honour to interview Christopher Prentice, Her Majesty’s Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Italy. …

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Interview with HE Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene, Ambassador of Lithuania to the UK

Energetic and driven. These are probably the first things that come to your mind when you listen to HE Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene, the Lithuanian Ambassador for the United Kingdom. “When you go to politics, don’t be afraid to stand alone. Have your own views on whatever is happening and defend …

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USA & EU Free Trade Agreement

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP for short) is a free trade agreement proposal that is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. While there are few actual restrictions currently hampering trade between the two entities, proponents of the agreement claim that further loosening of …


What About Catalunya’s Referendum?

What do Catalans actually say about the upcoming referendum? On the 25th October, one of the most anticipated games in European football will take place – the El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, with only 16 days before the Catalan Independence Referendum takes place, the first El Clasico …


Bulgarian Elections: A Missed Opportunity

Yet new parliamentary elections took place in Bulgaria 6 days ago, after the most recent government stepped down on 23rd July 2014, after just 441 days in office. Extensive protests have been plaguing the country for more than a year, amid growing dissatisfaction of the population. This was the third …

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Marine Le Pen vs. European Unity

The triumph of Marine Le Pen ’s National Front (FN) at the first round of the French municipal elections on March 23rd is a profoundly worrying phenomenon for France and for Europe. Supporting strong anti-EU and anti-immigration policies, the FN won for the first time since 1995 the mayoralty of …

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Europe: Lost in transformation?

In February 2014 at the London Economic Symposium, an international economics and politics conference organized by students, professor Simon Anholt held an insightful talk regarding “Europe: Lost in transformation?” . Yes, youth unemployment rate in Greece hit 59% in 2013. Yes, in my beloved country, Italy, the debt to GDP reached 132% …