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In drei der fünf Länder der Region haben die Bürger ihre Kraft gezeigt, indem sie Regime gestürzt haben, die wir als Garanten der Stabilität betrachten wollten. Sie verlangen lediglich, dass man in den Wiederaufbau ihrer Länder investiert. Aber wenn sie nicht sehr rasch Grund haben, an eine Verbesserung ihrer Lage zu glauben, wird die Energie… » read more

I feel that many of us are watching Revolution 2011 sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East in very much the same passive manner as we watch a weather report map. Our citizen journalists on the ground are sending tweets and our leaders are expressing concern, but there is very little analysis on the… » read more

By Manana Kochladze, Regional Coordinator for the Caucasus at CEE Bankwatch Network. The functioning of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) vis-à-vis the Southern partners has received considerable international scrutiny over the past weeks, with revolutions in North Africa in the spotlight. Some of the criticism aimed at ENP effectiveness in the South seems to imply… » read more

The popular uprisings ushering in fundamental change across the Arab world look set to continue until the protesters’ demands are largely met. Libyans fight increasingly bloody battles against the Gaddafi regime, whilst protests are continuing on the streets of Sanaa, Amman, Manama, Cairo or Tunis.

Le Parlement européen a voulu par l’intermédiaire de sa commission LIBE (Libertés civiles, Justice et sécurité) faire le point à chaud. D’où sa réunion extraordinaire du 1er mars au matin à laquelle ont participé outre les députés, la présidence hongroise (le représentant permanent Peter Györkös), la Commission européenne ( Cecilia Malmström), le Service d’action extérieure… » read more

Predictably enough, the Gaddafi father and son team is blaming everyone for Libya’s popular uprising, from Al Qaeda to Western television networks. To make matters worse, Mrs Clinton’s background noise, unhelpful and especially unwise, is actually fanning the crisis. Her counter-performance over the past few months is a painful reminder of rapidly vanishing US leadership… » read more

African leaders are a breed apart. They worship power and when their hold on it is contested, either by elections or by mass protests, they are ready to kill their own citizens in order to keep it. Not only that, but leaders like Gaddafi or Mubarak wanted to keep power within their families and have… » read more

THE LATEST developments from Tripoli and the surrounding towns demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Gaddafi is a madman. By attacking his own population and killing them indiscriminately, he and his family are disqualified from the human race, let alone from leading an important oil producing country like Libya.

IT’S AMAZING what can happen in two weeks! Since my post on the “Year of (Arab) Revolutions” on February 13, the winds of change have hit Libya with a vengeance. Of all the countries in the region, Libya is the one whose fate will have the greatest short-term impact on Europe. The international community has… » read more

A nadie debería sorprenderle los miedos, temores y en algunos casos, pánico, que estremece las cancillerías europeas ante la revolución “dominó” que recorre desde el inicio de año el Norte de África. En primer lugar, a ese lado del Mediterráneo tenemos aún demasiada memoria histórica sonrojante de nuestras épocas imperiales en la zona. Situación que… » read more

The dramatic rise of Arab people against their oppressive rulers reached its climax in Libya. An oil-rich large country, sparsely populated, Libya in the last few days has been the scene of the worst possible violence against pro-democracy demonstrators. Every day, Gaddhafi’s 5,000-strong heavily armed security troops are busy increasing the death toll, which now… » read more

Reuters reports that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday condemned violence by Libyan forces against civilians as “unacceptable” and said he was “alarmed” over the situation in the North African state, after he was criticised widely for not speaking up earlier on Libya and saying that he did not want to “disturb” Gaddafi during… » read more

More than two months since the second round of elections in Cote d’Ivoire, the international community faces a big dilemma. Technically flawless elections delivered a result which was not accepted by the incumbent Laurent Gbagbo. Three options are now in sight: protracted deadlock, military intervention and power-sharing.

Being at the World Social Forum in Dakar last week and listening to people, speeches as well participating at debates I sincerely got the impression that the relationship between Africa and Europe also needs change. Like the North African states, Europe has for too long defended “traditional” cooperation. From the time of independence – 50 […]

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