Cities essential part of Europe’s future

Cities are an essential part of Europe’s history.

English: Commission President José Manuel Barr...

Commission President José Manuel Barroso at the EEP summit in October 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

José Manuel Barroso looks at some 200 cities from Bruges to Tallinn which have made Europeans what they are in terms of trade, art and society. From 20th century Paris and Lisbon to Warsaw and Prague, cities have always been the drivers of Europe’s political evolutions and revolutions, the living history that shapes our world view and blazes the trail of progress. If the European ideal is peaceful cosmopolitanism, then the ‘polis’ is where it all starts.

If the call of the city is as strong as ever, we must focus our political attention on cities’ needs as well, harness their benefits and find solutions for the difficulties they are facing.

And in a world that is more interconnected than ever, we need to do this together, sharing experiences, pooling resources and making investments from which we all stand to benefit.

This is what this great Covenant of Mayors is all about: sharing a vision, a vision of smart sustainability for which cities and city governments play a leading role, and working together to turn this vision into a reality, thus serving the people, protecting our planet, and creating growth and jobs.

Please read more about it in José Manuel Barroso’s article: No city is an island


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    Europe is filled with a wide plethora of rich and diverse peoples, places, cultures and languages that attract travelers worldwide with its siren call. Each destination has a unique flair and history that contribute to the warm mosaic of experiences to the European visitor. The powerful magnetism that many European cities have for tourists is not lost on them however and many of the tourist hotspots can quickly break the bank for the majority of the world.
  • {Escape to…} Prague Part I (
    At the beginning of our 6 months European Adventure we (my husband and I) visited Prague. It is very beautiful and enchanting city. I’ve been in Prague couple of times and I really love this wonderful city. I recommend it to everyone who travels to Europe.

    Enjoy the slideshow part 1 of 3. To see the pictures click on them and the slideshow will start. Enjoy.

  • Special Ebook Report: The EU Antichrist (
    Of particular note was an important statement by EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso that fiscal union in the Eurozone will lead to “intensified political union” for all 27 member states. “The commission will, therefore, set out its views and explicit ideas for treaty change in order for them to be debated before the European elections (Spring 2014). We want to put all the elements on the table, in a clear and consistent way, even if some of them may sound like political science fiction today. They will be reality in a few years’ time.”
    When leading economic analysts all over the world are saying that despite the global depression and Europe’s financial chaos, that the European Union will rise to replace the US as the next economic super power, can we continually ignore this?
  • Go Travel Poland (
    Jen Dobre!!! Poland is a nice destination for travelers. Warsaw has many attractions and Polish people are nice and warm.

    Warsaw has a very lively crowd. During summer the city comes alive with travellers from all around Europe.

  • Europe floods to cost insurers up to $4.5 billion: Swiss Re (
    Floods in central Europe last month may cost insurance companies $3.5-4.5 billion, only half of one previous estimate but more than was paid out for the last major washout in 2002, the world’s second biggest reinsurer said on Monday.
  • Floods cause deaths and havoc across central Europe (
    The Czech Republic is suffering some of the worst effects of the heavy rain that has swollen rivers across the region, with almost the entire country under a state of emergency and the historic centre of the capital Prague paralysed.

    Parts of the old town in Passau, southern Germany, flooded by the river Danube. Heavy rainfall had caused flooding along rivers and lakes in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Photograph: AP Photo/dpa, Armin Weigel

    Parts of the old town in Passau, southern Germany, flooded by the river Danube. Heavy rainfall had caused flooding along rivers and lakes in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Photograph: AP Photo/dpa, Armin Weigel

  • Photo Essay 4 – In Bruges (
    On our first night in Bruges, sated from a delicious meal at Breydel de Coninc, we decided to wander around and take some pictures of the buildings lit up at night.


    This is the town council or Stadhuis building built between 1376 and 1420.

    The Way winds its way through many European countries and all paths leading to Spain are marked with a scallop, thought its  appearance varies. Along the pilgrimage route, pilgrims stay at hostels (Albergues) for which they pay a small fee. Walking along this ancient route there are a varied range of landscapes as it leads you through cities, towns, rural areas, mountains, beaches and along rivers.

  • Jose Manuel Barroso says Angela Merkel not to blame for harsh austerity policies – Telegraph (
    This is an interesting story, reported in the Telegraph,  that the President of the EU has needed to publicly defended Angela Merkel and Germany‘s financial policy. Check it out!

    Jose Manuel Barroso says Angela Merkel not to blame for harsh austerity policies – Telegraph.

    The article highlights deep divisions in Europe between North and South over austerity.

  • Europe wants dual talks on trade, surveillance (
    European countries agreed Wednesday that talks on a free-trade deal with the United States should start in parallel with discussions about NSA surveillance — addressing concerns raised by France.

    French President Francois Hollande insisted after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders in Berlin that the trade talks can start only “at the same time, at the same date” as talks with the U.S. on concerns over its intelligence activities.

  • José Manuel Barroso should apologise to the Greek people | Jorgo Chatzimarkakis (
    The eurozone crisis has already had tragic implications for countless citizens across a number of member states. Dissent and dissatisfaction continue to rise, fuelling a new wave of populism and extreme nationalism throughout Europe. If things do not change soon, there is a very real danger that the situation will unravel so fast, there will be no time to react. This downward spiral has a name: José Manuel Barroso. As the president of the European commission, the executive body of the EU, his role is the most important in this crisis – and yet he seems incapable of doing anything other than barely keeping the EU on life support.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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