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United Space in Europe, United Europe in Space

In these days the European Commission is finalizing the regulations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework. This comes at a very important time for the EU, ESA, their respective Member States and the European space sector as...

Reflecting on where we stand today

ESA has existed since 1975 and has a very impressive track record. Space is seen by the public as a force for the good, as being a vital part of our infrastructure while also having the power...

Europe’s move, Part 2

This is the first time I have found myself adding a second part to one of my blog posts, and only a few days after publication at that. The reason is simple: the reaction generated and occasional...

Europe’s move

Europe has a long tradition of being the continent of explorers and inventors. It is this heritage that has given rise to Europe’s privileged economic and social situation, created for the benefit of its citizens. There had...

Europe must keep calm and carry on

It was in the aftermath of World War 2 that the idea of a United Europe first really took hold, resulting in a series of steps being taken that would make it a reality. In parallel to...

When will it stop? What is to be done?

Once again, we have witnessed, in disbelief and horror, the unfolding of a brutal and senseless terrorist attack, this time on Barcelona’s famous Ramblas, one of the city’s most popular tourist locations. People from across the world...

Giovanni Bignami, 10 April 1944 – 25 May 2017. Image: Cirone-Musi, Festival della Scienza, CC BY-SA 2.0

Another week of sad news

Once again, we have had to witness a brutal and senseless terrorist attack, this time all the more wicked for targeting a concert attended mostly by very young people, barely starting out in life. Those who lost...

Diversity

Why promote diversity?

In my last blog post I wrote about the female astronaut candidates who never flew. This was a story from the middle of the last century. Since then many changes have occurred, but can we safely say...

Wally Funk & Jan Woerner

Sadness and surprise

Once again we have seen Europe, in this case London, hit by an attack which tragically left several dead and others severely injured. Whether it was the work of an organised terrorist cell or the action of...

Springtime in Europe, as seen by ESA's Proba-V satellite.

Challenging times for Europe and our planet

It is a fact that Europe is facing numerous challenges: while day in day out across the continent people reap the benefits of a Europe open for travel, investment and interaction, there are more than a few...