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The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is a three days long global platform where the elite gathers to discuss security threats and the future of security policies. No less than Angela Merkel, Mike Pence, António Guterres, Federica Mogherini, several European leaders, and about 47 foreign ministers, 30 defence ministers and 90 parliamentarians attended. This 53rd edition… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

Today the American Vice-President Mike Pence was in Brussels for holding talks with EU officials. His visit follows contrastive and confusional signals coming from USA since the election of Trump as a president. The new approach to foreign policy, introduced by Trump provoked anxiety, uncertainty, concern and anger in Europe. After statements on NATO as… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

I’m in Brussels today (Thursday 24.3.2016), two days after the Brussels attacks at Zaventem and Maelbeek. STIB, the Brussels public transport network (operator of buses, trams and metro) is operating a limited service today for security reasons. A screenshot explaining the situation is here. Brussels however has one peculiarity – the so-called Prémetro. These lines… » read more

  Posted by Jon Worth Euroblog

So apparently this morning Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, has announced that security gates will be built to access Thalys trains: Trains: @RoyalSegolene annonce sur @FranceInter que des portiques pour le #Thalys seront installés à Lille et Paris avant le 20 décembre. — Julien Migaud-Muller (@jul_mm) November 24, 2015 De Telegraaf… » read more

  Posted by Jon Worth Euroblog

A driver sparked a security alert today (8 September), after leaving a scooter parked near the front of the European Commission’s Berlaymont building. Heard in Europe sources said Commission security, fearing a potential bomb attack, called the cops after spotting the parked-up scooter, which appeared to have sailed serenely past the guards. Belgian police cordoned… » read more

In Wolfgang Schaeuble’s Germano-centric EU, no institution is more important – apart from his Politburo-like Eurogroup and the Office of the Chancellor – than his Ministry’s Council of Economic Advisers. The most influential adviser among them is Professor Hans-Werner Sinn from Munich, a Christian missionary-manqué turned tele-economist. Like any good German, Professor Sinn has but… » read more

  Posted by Spotlight on Geopolitics

In Wolfgang Schaeuble’s Germano-centric EU, no institution is more important – apart from his Politburo-like Eurogroup and the Office of the Chancellor – than his Ministry’s Council of Economic Advisers. The most influential adviser among them is Professor Hans-Werner Sinn from Munich, a Christian missionary-manqué turned tele-economist. Like any good German, Professor Sinn has but a few… » read more

To those in the know, the Italian peninsula was not only the cradle of the Roman Empire or Rome the centre of the Catholic faithful, but also the birthplace of capitalism and of countless statecraft innovations and institutions still widely used around the world today. During the middle ages, the Italian city-states thus discovered and… » read more

  Posted by Spotlight on Geopolitics

To those in the know, the Italian peninsula was not only the cradle of the Roman Empire or Rome the centre of the Catholic faithful, but also the birthplace of capitalism and of countless statecraft innovations and institutions still widely used around the world today. During the middle ages, the Italian city-states thus discovered and… » read more

From 6th to 9th May, the annual State of the Union conference took place in Florence, Italy. I decided to check the event, in order to listen to some of Europe’s leading experts on security and ICT, and European policy makers, as well as to enjoy my beloved hometown for a few days. The core… » read more

J’ai assisté le 23 juillet à la réception de départ de l’Ambassadeur de France auprès de l’UE, alors qu’il s’apprète à prendre ses nouvelles fonctions à Berlin.Voici ce que je retiens de cette rotation à la Représentation Permanente, des participants, et du discours. Ce ‘mouvement diplomatique’, comme on dit, est réfléchi. Il va de pair… » read more

Bringing Bangladesh’s war criminals to justice was meant to help reconcile a tense and polarized society. Instead, citizens from both sides of the political divide have taken to the streets in violent protests against its verdicts. Bangladesh has been torn from its birth on matters of culture and identity, in particular on the place that… » read more

Jihad spreads east

Territorial dispute has all but faded into the history of the Western hemisphere, but a new affliction has taken its place: international terrorism. Defense policy has not seen such a shift in focus since the fall of the Iron Curtain. The war on terror has pitted Western troops against an unprecedented enemy. One that knows… » read more

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