Resisting Complacency – EU Citizens in UK Strive to Fix European Election Voting Problems

ballotboxPrior to the European elections this past May, the alarm had been raised that the voter registration procedures throughout the European Union were convoluted, difficult to navigate for those trained, and the sheer number clouded most organisations from providing aid to citizens.

While the EU stresses democratic legitimacy of voting, and encourages mobility amongst citizens, the hurdles, which citizens residing in a member state other than their origin had to overcome, were simply ridiculous with unequal voting rights, directly contradicting basic European principles.

Economic Democracy? In the EU? - Part 5

Economic Democracy? In the EU? - Part 5In coming issues we will publish a few chapters of this bilingual book, newly launched at the Confederação Empresarial de Portugal, presented by its President Antonio Saraiva, with foreword by the President of the Auditing Court of Portugal, Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins.
It was edited by Jack Soifer, with co-authors Francisco B. Weinholtz, John Wolf, Stefan de Vylder, Armindo Palma, Luis Silva, Henrique Neto and Viriato Soromenho-Marques.

Expats in ‘tropical’ France denied winter fuel payment

idsRoger Boaden, a British expat living in France,  decided to investigate how Iain Duncan Smith (pictured) had been able to claim that French winters were so balmy.

When Roger Boaden paid £400 to a farmer last week for logs to feed the hungry wood burner in his French home, he wondered how the department for work and pensions (DWP) could possibly claim that where he lived was too hot to justify a winter fuel payment.

I want my vote back!

I want my vote back!Expat Journalist writes to British expats world wide, encouraging them to take part, and get involved in the UK 2015 Election.

Anita Rieu-Sicart, who publishes a small magazine catering to an expat readership in the Var, is writing to expat publications and newspapers worldwide to encourage British expats to take part in the upcoming British General Election.

British politician makes strong case for e-voting in UK

ballotboxE-voting technology is quickly gaining in popularity in many countries all around the world, but the United Kingdom continues to lag behind. At least one British politician is aiming to change that. Commons Speaker John Bercow is making a major push toward updating the British electoral system to integrate more e-voting technology and innovations.

While some of his opponents worry that this would dramatically change the electoral process, Bercow says that the shift to e-voting as an option should not be seen as earth-shattering but rather as a natural step in moving the nation forward.

Algarve Brazilian Citizens Bridge to Government

Jack Soifer & Ambassador Manuel Innocêncio.A few days ago at the consulate of Brazil in Faro, started the Council of Citizenship. It aims to help the Brazilian Foreign Ministry to support its citizens south of the Tagus, except in border towns to Lisbon.

Among other activities they will schedule a monthly lunch with some cultural venue, issue a newsletter and also organize continued education for adults who wish to complete their degrees.

Swedes help Portugal's Sales

Karin E-Palmquist talking to the Swedes in the Algarve.Nobody knows quite how many Swedes live in the Algarve and Alentejo regions. There are some 550,000 Swedes, 1 in 16, living outside Sewden and 25% of these certainly are retired. The best estimate is that are about 4,000 Swedes in Portugal.

Most of them tell about our products and tourism to their friends who increasingly are buying homes here since the law changed to exempt them from IMI. Properties, such as villas and luxury flats are easily sold.

Post-referendum speeches from the Queen, Cameron and Salmond

scotlandQueen's speech

   "After many months of discussion, debate, and careful thought, we now know the outcome of the Referendum, and it is a result that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect.

For many in Scotland and elsewhere today, there will be strong feelings and contrasting emotions – among family, friends and neighbours. That, of course, is the nature of the robust democratic tradition we enjoy in this country. But I have no doubt that these emotions will be tempered by an understanding of the feelings of others.