• KRIA Icelandic Constitution Archives
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    KRIA Icelandic Constitution Archives

    In 2008 Iceland experienced one of the largest banking collapses in history. That is not where the story ends. Rather than falling back into the status quo, people took to the streets through non-violent protest. And demanded the resignation of the sitting government. Shockingly, this worked. Following that win for the people, Iceland held a National Assembly. Where 1,200 citizens were selected at random to discuss and collaborate on the most pressing needs of the society. One issue became apparent. Iceland needs its own constitution. In 2011, that’s just what happened. Through what would soon become one of the most democratically written constitutions in history, 25 individuals from across the…

  • Strasbourg, naissance d’une Europe politique
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    Strasbourg, naissance d’une Europe politique

    Strasbourg – The birth of Political Europe Flags fly fraternally, side by side, for the first meetings in Strasbourg. The city which has endured great suffering, has become a symbol of peace. Mr Churchill tells the crowds in Strasbourg and people across Europe: Beware… I’m about to speak French! August 1949: Europe meets in Strasbourg for the birth of the first institution of political Europe: the Council of Europe. And on Place Kléber, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gets a hero’s welcome. Europe has become a reality! There were huge crowds and a real hope that this was the start of reconciliation. People hoped there would never be war…

  • #EUArchives – Founding fathers of the European Union: Altiero Spinelli
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    #EUArchives – Founding fathers of the European Union: Altiero Spinelli

    Above all, we must keep on increasing Parliament’s level of overall involvement. That is why we are calling for a new parliamentary committee that whatever its title, would focus exclusively on this issue. In due course, it would produce interim reports, urging Parliament to choose between the various options put forward and to build as broad a consensus as possible through open debate. The aim would be to have a reform project adopted, with everyone fully aware of the significance and implications.