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People losing faith in the European Union

May 24, 2013

By group 3: Maria Averina, O-P Asikainen

According to the survey by the Pew Research Center, with the participation of eight European countries, such as: Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic, Europe’s debt crisis has shaken the confidence of its citizens in the European Union, and in addition increased the distrust between key countries. The project involved 7,646 people in Europe, the survey was conducted from March 2 to March 27, 2013.

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Analysts pointed out that the European project now has the dubious reputation throughout Europe. (more…)

European Union divides opinions but on common currency we agree

May 24, 2013

Hanna Autio, Tomi Vainikka

The attitudes towards the European Union are not very positive at the moment. The prolonged economic crisis has weakened the belief in the survival of the Eurozone. The culmination of the crisis is seen in the study of Pew Global as worrying numbers.   (more…)

Dissatisfaction grows – to be in the EU, or not to be?

May 24, 2013

Germans are still one of the most EU-content nations in the union, while on the other side of the Rhine the French are getting more and more dissatisfied, shows a recent survey. In Finland the majority find the EU alright, but how do the anti-EU Finns reason their opinion and desire to part from the union?

Group 5, Sonja Fogelholm and Ida Kukkapuro

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The struggle of Romanian immigrants

May 23, 2013

By group 3: Maria Averina, O-P Asikainen

Romanian beggars have become a familiar sight on the street corners of   Helsinki every spring and summer. As soon the weather gets warm enough to sit   all day outside on the streets, they start to arrive in large numbers.

 

 

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Due to the Schengen agreement opening up the borders between its   member countries and guaranteeing free movement of people, travelers from the   poorer areas can head unopposed to other countries in search of work or money.   The attitudes of many locals towards these newcomers in their destination   countries are often negative.

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Hurting yourself won’t help in getting an asylum

May 23, 2013

Group 5: Sonja Fogelholm, Ida Kukkapuro

For Afghans Finnish residence permit is not easy to get. Among the desperate destinies there are also happy stories.


Last year one third of the Afghan asylum seekers were declined in Finland. Altogether 115 were told to return back to their home country. In September three of them made a complaint to the administrative court about their decision and started a hunger strike in front of the Finnish Parliament.

by Balazs Gardi (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

by Balazs Gardi (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Spanish students feel the pinch of the EU crisis

May 22, 2013

Group 5 Ida Kukkapuro and Sonja Fogelholm

Students in Spain are struggling as the economic crisis has made the government to rise the tuitions and cut the student benefits. Many graduate without any prospects of a job and are therefore forced to move back to their madre y padre – or abroad.

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By Francisco Osorio (CC-BY)

‘The situation is nuts right now. There is no way for young or old people, to get a decently paid job as a journalist,’ Spanish journalism student Nerea Egia Cotera describes the situation.
Half of the young people are unemployed. The rate is the second highest in the Europe, right after Greece. With no hope of a career in Spain, young people are searching for a future abroad.
According to the National Statistics Institute last year 770 under 30-year-old left the country every day.

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The fall and rise of Cyprus

May 22, 2013

Written by group 3: O-P Asikainen and Maria Averina

The Eurogroup finally reached an agreement about the Cyprus stimulus package in March, which may just save the country’s ailing economy. But how did the situation ever get so bad in the first place?

The financial crisis in Cyprus didn’t arrive overnight. The subprime mortgage crisis in United States in 2007 had far-reaching effects on a global scale, which left some economies vulnerable. Cyprus quickly started to head towards a recession, with especially its important tourism industry suffering badly. The country might well have survived its weakening economy and rising unemployment, but then its large offshore banking industry got affected in 2011 by the Greek government-debt crisis, nearly collapsing the banks and sending the whole economy into a nosedive.

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People can soon suggest European laws

March 23, 2012

Group 5; Elina Kilpi, Heidi Söyrinki, Minna Rajainmäki

The citizens of European Union have soon a possibility to suggest new EU laws. If an organization or a group of individuals is able to collect at least million names for an initiative, a European Commission is obliged to process the proposal. The European Citizen’s initiative (ECI) was proposed already 2009 in Lisbon Treaty. It will come into force the first of April 2012.

The names have to be collected within a year and only from persons who are eligible to vote in the European Parliament election. The signers should come from at least seven member states. (more…)

A step forward in the democratic life of the European Union

March 23, 2012

On the 15th of December 2010 The European Commission approved the idea of participation of European citizens in the legislation process.  That innovation assigns Citizens’ Committee from the representatives of at least seven Member States bring forward legislative proposals.

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Inter-institutional Relations and Administration, called the Citizens’ Initiative a new form of participatory democracy to the EU that will bring Europe closer to its citizens. (more…)

Citizens’ initiative brings direct democracy to the European Union

March 23, 2012

Group1: Julia Virtala, Ossi Mansikka, Matti Vesikansa, Brian Otieno

The European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) brings democracy out from Brussels to every citizen’s doorstep. It was approved of by the European Parliament and the Council on 15th of December 2011 and it is expected to come into force on April 1st, 2012. From then on, the citizens of the European Union will have equal rights as a majority in The European Parliament and the Member states; to set the agenda for the whole union.

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