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Maastricht to receive workshop for ‘the new Europe’

Maastricht will host a workshop for a dialogue on the future of Europe. This was announced during the closing ceremony of the Europe Calling! event, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the treaty of Maastricht. Maastricht University, the Province of Limburg, and the Municipality of Maastricht will lead the project under the motto ‘Working…


Debate on the future of Europe in Maastricht

In what direction should the European Union be heading? Should it strive for more cooperation in more fields? Or should it strive for less cooperation, of more efficiency? What topics should be given priority? Dutch Members of Parliament will discuss these and more issues with a number of experts as well as representatives from EU…


The art of reporting on Europe

On Monday October 9th, Rolf-Dieter Krause talked at the City Hall Maastricht about the trade of being a correspondent in past and present Europe. As ARD-correspondent, Krause followed the birth of the Maastricht Treaty from a short distance. From his Brussels office and for over 25 years Krause would make the growing pains of the European Union visible for…


Wanted: young Europeans between 18 and 30 years old

In cooperation with the Association of European Border Regions, the European Commission recently started the Interreg Volunteer Youth initiative (IVY).   This initiative offers young Europeans (18-30) the opportunity to work for 2 to 6 months as a volunteer on an Interreg project. In that way, they can become actively acquainted with EU programmes and projects. They…


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No euro without solidarity

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.


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.