More democracy in Germany for European Parliament elections

What kind of chance should small parties have at the European Parliament elections? (c) Flickr/European Parliament

“Every eligible voter’s vote must have the same value and the same legitimate chance of success.” Germany’s constitutional court decided on Wednesday (26 February 2014) that the 3% hurdle for political parties in Germany for the European Parliament (EP) is unconstitutional. The ruling will come into effect immediately and apply to the EP elections in May 2014. Germany has by far the biggest population in the European Union with some 82 million people out of the total of 503 million EU citizens and its citizens can vote for 96 out of 751 members of European Parliament. Continue reading “More democracy in Germany for European Parliament elections”

Ten reasons why armed drones should be banned

Drones look harmless but have a devastating effect. (c) Wikipedia

Armed drones also kill civilians, including children. (c) Flickr - Debra Sweet
Armed drones also kill civilians, including children. (c) Flickr - Debra Sweet

In his 2014 state of the union address, Barack Obama said he has put “prudent limits” on the use of drones. However, not much will change, because people who are classified as “terrorists” by the U.S. government will continuously be attacked by drones. Moreover, the big cloud of secrecy over drones will not be made more transparent. To me, the use of armed drones are against international law and morally wrong. I want to prove with 10 points in this blog post that armed drones should not be used. Continue reading "Ten reasons why armed drones should be banned"

The Economist is wrong: More instead of less democracy in the EU

Christine Lagarde could be a candidate for the EU Commission, as long as she is elected by the Parliament (c) Wikipedia

In an act of masochism, everyone in Brussels and who is working for the EU institutions, particularly, the EU Commission, reads it. It could not be more critical of the EU and its policies. Although it is a weekly that I truly enjoy reading in general, I have huge challenges when it comes to their reporting about the EU (like in any British media as anything what is coming out of the EU is bad – with the noble exceptions of the BBC and the Guardian). Continue reading “The Economist is wrong: More instead of less democracy in the EU”