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Saturday, March 31, 2007

31 March 2007

Honestly what will become of me
don't like reality
It's way too clear to me
But really life is daily
We are what we don't see
Missed everything daydreaming

Flames to dust
Lovers to friends
Why do all good things come to an end
Flames to dust
Lovers to friends
Why do all good things come to an end?
Why do all good things come to end?
Traveling I only stop at exits
Wondering if I'll stay
Young and restless
Living this way I stress less
I want to pull away when the dream dies
The pain sets in and I don't cry
I only feel gravity and I wonder why

Why do all good things come to an end?

Parts of:
Nelly Furtado - All good things

Sunday, March 25, 2007

25 March 2007

Yesterday I celebrated EU's 50th anniversary at a fabulous concert in the park next to the Atomium. Some people had been worrying that the occasion wouldn't be celebrated enough here in Europe's capital, but the concert turned out to be a great success! Perhaps it was a metaphor to invite old stars like the Scorpions and Kim Wilde, who next to more "modern-era" singers illustrated that times are changing. Maybe this was why Scorpions didn't play "Wind of Change", which was first made at the time of the German re-unification and the fall of the Berlin wall - today Europe is looking forward and instead they played a new song called "Humanity". Everyone got dancing to Las Ketchup and their big summer of 2003 hit "Asereje", Lou Bega's "Mambo Mo. 5" and "Volare" with the Gypsy Kings.

Meanwhile our political leaders flew to Berlin for celebrations today Sunday - today it is 50 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed establishing the European Economic Community, paving the way for the EU we are having today. The among its critics much discussed Berlin Declaration was also signed by Angela Merkel and José Manuel Barroso. Although not any surprises were included in the Declaration - which Eurosceptics believe illustrates the weakness of the EU - I believe that it is the right time for a look back at what has been achieved sofar.

Like any organisation or company, the EU needs a marketing strategy: The EU desparately needs to improve marketing itself and its achievements. Forthe 50th anniversary the Commission published a booklet explaining 50 achievements - things that have made a difference to Europeans - no matter if you are a Eurosceptic or a Europhile. BBC published one article "Ten things the EU has done for you" which I think, in a very simplistic way, outlines some major achievements: EU sceptics of course argue that the Berlin Declaration is a disappointment and as empty and without direction as the EU is, as it doesn't mention the difficult issues such as the Constitution, the possible membership of Turkey and climate change. Indeed, there was a lot of dicussion about the purpose of the Treaty in the last few months about its purpose - and the Germans were not left with an easy task. How would 27 countries decide what such a symbolic Declaration should contain? In the end it reads:

"The unnatural division of Europe is now consigned to the past. We, the citizens of the European Union, have united for the better. We preserve in the European Union the identities and diverse traditions of its member states. We are united in our aim of placing the EU on a renewed common basis before the European Parliament elections in 2009".

I am happy with this. Which birthday party should be spoiled by a the birthday-child presenting a list of his or her future and urgent challenges and problems? No, let us look back -happily- at what has been achieved over the last 50 years and at the same time acknowledge that we are facing new times and other kinds of challenges. The future of this continent now belongs to another generation, a generation which has not experienced war and food shortages. Earlier this week I went for a dinner with representatives of the Scottish Youth Parliament here in Brussels. I was amazed by their forward-looking spirit and visions. I felt that there is hope for the future.

24 March 2007
Knut was rejected by his mum and was "adopted" by a zookeeper at Berlin Zoo. Animal activists argued the best alternative was that he should be put down. Luckily that advice was not taken and he is now 3.5 months old and happily enjoying all the affection and attention he gets.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

21 March 2007

Summer, sun and icecream! What a joy! But the introduction of a new icecream on the Swedish icecream market has brought quite teh opposite to joy. This pink, glittery and glammy icecream has upset Swedish women - isn't it enough with all inequalities in society between men and women - do we also need an icecream to re-inforce stereotypes?

In my opinion this icecream has nothing to do with inequalities - let's view it differently: Pink is a happy, harmonic and summery colour. Pink puts me in a good mood. Indeed much of my bed room is pink. Pink is glammy and pink is cool! If I wasn't lactose intolerant I would be more than delighted to eat it...

Now when we are on the path of rebelling and in/equality, may I mention that I think all dairy icecream actually disrespects us lactose intolerant people. When I enter an icecream bar on summer days, dying to cool down with a delicious icecream and they don't have any soya or sorbet alternative, I feel that the world is SO unjust. And this, dear people, upsets me so much more than the existence of the pink and glittery icecream.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Happy Women's Day
9 March 2007

2007 is the year of Equal Opportunities in the European Union and yesterday was Women's Day. Some annoyed men I met yesterday wondered why there is no such days for men. Most other people I talked to said that 364 days are for men and that it therefore is necessary to reserve at least one of the year's 365 days for women.

Only 236 out of the 784 MEPs are women and 8 out of the 27 European Commissioners. This is 30%. We can't call this equal, not even with good will. The proportion is higher in the Netherlands, where 46% of their MEPs are females. On the other hand Cyprus and Malta don't have one single female MEP.

In the European Commission 49% of the administrators and assistants are women, while only 16% of the top administrators are. In reality this means that women prepare the important decisions, but when it comes to actually taking decisions, men are doing the job.

Let these figures be inspiration today for us young female professionals of 2007! We have the power to change this. Don't be scared to put on your smart female, colorful suit or dress, let your hair down and advance with your female beauty, intuition and intelligence! As long as we haven't reached the 50% we need to celebrate Women's Day. Let the late Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, who was murdered in 2003, be inspiration for how we can enlighten otherwise dark-suit-filled-meetings.