Comments on: Citizens and sustainable development are big losers in EU’s next research programme EU news and policy debates across languages Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:42:39 +0000 hourly 1 By: Vidvuds Beldavs Fri, 08 Jun 2018 08:11:25 +0000 Democracy is also affected by the continued increase in the research divide between Eastern Europe and the old member states. The continued growth in R&D budgets in the EU15 has not seen corresponding increases in the EU13. The consequence is brain drain and lagging innovation. This urgent challenge must be address to enable the EU, as a European Union, to continue to develop as a major global power while assuring all its citizens the promise of that Union.