Europe Calling! Postage Stamp

During the EU&ME Summit on 9 December 2016, all guests received a limited edition of the Europe Calling postage stamp. This international postage stamp can, for example, be utilised during the Christmas holidays to send your best wishes for the new year to family and friends all around Europe. King’s Commissioner for the Province Limburg, Theo…

Celebrating and updating the Treaty

Donald Trump is set to become president of the United States thanks to a democratically enabled rebellion against the established order. This is the unexpected backdrop to the commemoration of 25 years of the Maastricht Treaty. Without doubt, it forces the EU to take better account of the grievances of some of its citizens. But the EU has other vulnerabilities too, such as the erosion of democracy in some Eastern European countries and increasing corruption in Southern Europe.

Time to rebuild the European House

Criticism is nothing new. Some people once feared further integration because they saw the ‘European project’ as a Catholic invention that would eventually put paid to the Calvinistic north. Others fretted that the political Big Boys would ride roughshod over the smaller countries, or eyed Brussels suspiciously as the capital of Big Business. There was always something. Still, things have never been as bad as they are now. With criticism is coming from all angles, left and right, the prevailing sentiment can be summed up in a single word: anti-Europe.

Europe Calling Afternoon Programme Recap

After the inspiring morning programme, the moderator of the day, Jackie Davis who was doing an amazing job, gave the floor to Martin Schulz. Mr. Schulz, who is switching from the European political arena to the German one after his current term as the President of the European Parliament, gave his view on the past and current…

Morning programme summary

This morning, the European Summit was opened by a performance of United World College (UWC) Maastricht students. They expressed their future dreams for a united Europe through an artistic performance. After this strong message from the future generation, the public was officially welcomed through speeches by King’s Commissioner of Limburg Theo Bovens and Mayor of Maastricht Annemarie Penn-te Strake. Theo Bovens…