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Conferences, in our experience, can be very boring, but one that we found ourselves at last month was really thought-provoking. The subject was that old ‘chestnut’ of how to get development aid to Africa. It could have been a mind-numbing experience, despite the continued urgency of the issue, but it was transformed by the vitality… » read more

Wie die “Farbrevolutionen” und deren Wurzeln im Bereich der ehemaligen Sowjetunion sind die “Jasminrevolutionen” das Produkt eines sehr spezifischen soziopolitischen Umfeldes. Unverantwortliche Führer, schlechtes Regierungshandeln, eine grundlegende Identitätskrise, wirtschaftliche und politische Frustration ebenso wie das Versagen der westlichen politischen Strategie im Nahen Osten sind einige der Elemente, die die radikalen sozialen Bewegungen erklären, welche die… » read more

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

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