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Vu de loin…

Claude Lévi-Strauss parlait du “regard éloigné“, qui permet de percevoir des aspects que ceux qui sont trop concernés ne les voient plus. C’est une des cotés de ce blog. L’autre, c’est de raconter comment les distances entre les citoyens européens et la Commission se reproduisent a des milliers de kilomètres de Bruxelles, grace a la… » read more

Europe’s Century

Parag Khanna & Alpo Rusi: Despite the Irish no vote, the EU’s destiny is to lead the world on security, trade and climate change. Increasingly, globalization requires structure and organization on the local level, and the EU, which benefits from high credibility, is setting standards for other regions around the world. Original post by Atlantic… » read more

L’Allemagne se souvient aujourd’hui de la révolte du 17 juin 1953, qui avait été déclenchée le 16 juin par une grève des ouvriers du bâtiment à Berlin Est, et qui s’était propagée dès le lendemain dans toutes les villes de la République Démocratique. La grève prend la tournure d’une émeute politique. À Berlin-Est, la capitale,… » read more

They say we need IPv6

Empires stood (Roman) and fell (Napolen’s adventure in Russia) with communications technology. Today we are building empires of the mind and we need communication technology more than ever. In fact Europe’s global dominance started with the communication revolution that democratized paper. The 2nd communication revolution related to the Internet is democratizing electronic communication and inviting… » read more

Leah Katherine Strauss: Both the UN Environment Program and Human Rights Council have acknowledged the ever-present human element of environmental degradation. Globally, the recognition that those who pollute are violating human rights is of urgent importance, nowhere more-so than in China Original post by Atlantic Community

Hall Gardner: A move towards Ukrainian NATO membership would strain relations with Russia and have serious consequences. In the short-term, Ukraine should remain “neutral”, while the EU introduces new, and expands existing confidence building economic and political areas of cooperation with Kiev and Moscow. In the long-term, Europe should seek to develop a confederal relationship… » read more

Sonja Davidovic: Through the changes in the global power structure resulting from the breakdown of the Soviet Union, the USA inevitably assumed the role of a “Global Leader”. This shifted position within the international community provided the American theorists of foreign policy with new tasks. It has become imperative to define the positioning of the… » read more

In Strasbourg next week (Wed 18 June), the European Parliament will vote on a legislative amendment to EU electricity law requiring all new power plants not to emit more that 350g CO2 per kwh of output (i.e. both power and heat). A limit value of 350g effectively bans the construction of new conventional coal plants… » read more

Heinrich Bonnenberg: NATO is not the main topic for the future of Europe. The main topic is to come up with a European identity, that means a European civilization. Original post by Atlantic Community

The European machine tools industry exported 37% of the 2007 production outside Europe (European Union + EFTA + Turkey). Total exports grew by 11% in 2007 despite an appreciating Euro towards most currencies. Strongest increases were registered to Russia, where new industrial bases are still being set up and to the largest Asian and American… » read more

Long before the financial crisis, we were warned about the systemic risks and excessive debt of hedge and private equity funds. Today’s financial crisis may not have been caused by hedge and private equity funds—but the crisis revealed the huge interdependence of all the players in the financial market and showed the high vulnerability of… » read more

The euro, once billed by Gerhard Schröder as the most important step towards European integration, celebrates its 10th birthday in June. Since its conception in Maastricht and its 1998 birth, it has come a long way—but what challenges now face the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) as it moves towards maturity? The euro’s first decade… » read more

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