How 14.726 promises to Europe created a new public square

The European Parliament voted on a resolution that condemns Bangladesh’s government for not taking any actions two years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building, where 1,100 people were killed. Danish MEP Christel Schaldemose points out some hypocrisy on the issue closer to home. The Parliamentarium, a Brussels museum-visitor center run by the parliament, is selling “Made in the EU” shirts that are in fact made in Bangladesh. (

Warum versprechen?

Ein Versprechen. Foto: Sabitha Saul

Was kann man von einem Versprechen erwarten? Im gesellschaftlichen öffentlichen Leben traut man ihm nicht.

The world’s first power-generating Tidal Lagoon is to be built in Swansea Bay, UK, to harness the bay’s powerful Atlantic Ocean tides. The lagoon will cover over 11 square kilometers of sea off the coastline of South Wales. As the tide flows into and out of the lagoon, it will power turbines generating enough power for a whole city — over 155,000 homes. That’s equivalent to 90% of Swansea Bay’s annual domestic electricity use. And that’s just one power station. This will be the first project of its kind in the world. (