Europe must dare to let go

How different the mood was twenty five years ago, when the Maastricht Treaty made Europe into the European Union and the euro into the ultimate symbol of fraternity that would hold the continent together. Today, nothing is left of the euphoria that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Mayors discuss cross-border approach to outlaw motorcycle gangs

On 22 November 2016, mayors from the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion met in the Provincial Government Buildings in Maastricht to discuss increased cooperation in dealing with outlaw motorcycle gangs. Participants at this mini-conference put forward various different possibilities for administrative measures to tackle these gangs in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. The meeting was organised as part…

Celebrating the treaty appropriately

Despite the problems facing the EU, there’s plenty of reason to celebrate the birth of the EU as a political and economic entity twenty-five years ago. And in Maastricht, no less. But the celebration should include a healthy dose of self-reflection on how to proceed from here. Because if we fail to reflect on the problems and the necessary solutions, the EU may not be around to celebrate the next twenty-five years – or even the next ten.

Exhibitions with cartoons and photos in context of 25th anniversary Maastricht Treaty

Under the general title of ‘Vastgelegd & Getekend‘ (‘Snapped & Drawn’), the exhibitions ‘Scherts‘ (‘Jest’), ‘Vrijmoedig‘ (‘Candid’) and ‘Ontgrensd‘ (‘Borderless’) display cartoons and photos that focus in various ways on the changing nature of Europe. The three exhibitions are being held from 2 December 2016 up to and including 24 February 2017 in Maastricht. ‘Vastgelegd…

35th anniversary Maastricht based European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Last week the Maastricht based European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) celebrated it’s 35th anniversary. For that special occasion they organized a EU forum about the impact of the Maastricht Treaty on public governance and administration. Delegates all over Europe attended the conference as well as the Provincial governor Bovens, Mayor Penn-te Strake of Maastricht…

topeconoom Paul de Grauwe

Top economist De Grauwe: Maastricht Treaty nice house without a Roof

On 9 December 2016, it will be precisely 25 years ago that the EU Summit commenced which would lead to the much-discussed Maastricht Treaty. On this day, various top politicians and academics will be participating in a special EU Summit in Limburg’s Provincial Government Buildings. One of them is top economist Paul de Grauwe. Since the very beginning, he has had his doubts about monetary union without the support of political union.