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After an all-night session and a lot of drama, the Greek Parliament voted in favor of the third bailout deal. Amid fierce debates, personal accusations, complaints against Zoe Konstantopoulou, the President of the Parliament, for impeding the process, and a deeper rupture inside Syriza party, Greek Minister of Finance Tsakalotos is now negotiating -or better… » read more

German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble was prepared “to give Greece €50 billion” had Yanis Varoufakis, his Greek counterpart at the time, agreed to his country leaving the eurozone, a high level source who recently spoke to Schäuble has revealed. The German minister was described by the source like “a true European” who had nothing… » read more

The outcome of fiscal measures voting yesterday in the Greek Parliament was positive for Eurozone leaders. The measures passed with absolute majority as Syriza coalition partner Independent Greeks, the front opposition New Democracy, PASOK, and The River voted in favor. But Syriza had major losses, as 39 MPs voted against or abstain. Amid these MPs,… » read more

Guest blog post by Gerd Spelsberg from i-bio – Information Biosciences Let’s have no more soya bean imports, but instead cultivate our own feed supplies in Germany. To achieve this we must ask where the extra agricultural land necessary will come from? European agriculture depends on the import of large amounts of soya animal feed.… » read more

Finis mundi?

Recently, the minister of foreign affairs of Montenegro, Igor Lukšić, enthusiastically stated that 2014 was “one more year very significant in achieving the Montenegrin foreign policy priorities”. It would not surprise me if, among all the “achievements,” he also included the fact that, in November 2014, Montenegro abstained during the vote in the UN on… » read more

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, maker of Aspirin painkiller, said on Tuesday it will acquire the consumer care business of Merck and Co in the US for $14.2 billion. “Bayer has agreed to acquire the consumer care business of US pharmaceutical company Merck and Co., for a purchase price of $14.2 billion (10.4 billion… » read more

‘We will put an end to the populism of the Left’ – with this firm promise Tsvetan Tsvetanov, former Bulgarian Minister of the Interior, and current deputy-president of the Citizens of European Development for Bulgaria party (abbreviated in Bulgarian as GERB), addressed the Brussels politicians [1]. On the 10th of April, Hans Seidel Stiftung (HSS)… » read more

Whose values? 2/2

Following ECFR European Foreign Policy Scorecard I find one important question for national policy makers: how relevant are global governance and EU foreign policy for different groups of states? We have witnessed the dominant behaviour of the biggest states (France, Germany, UK) and scorecard shows relative inaction of Greece, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Malta,… » read more

There will always be anti-war protesters. Yet, as long as objectives are clear and backed by UN, masses will buy in. And that is precisely the issue with this new war. During weeks, the international community was slow to move on a common position. Suddenly, all wrapped up in hours, from resolution to first strikes.… » read more

While EU media and EU actors are still congratulating Belgium for a successful presidency, Brussels reminds everybody EU president does not presides anything; it is just an honorific title. Indeed, with no government since half a year, Belgium took no initiatives, hence a smooth and model presidency… We know how it works. Brussels represents citizens… » read more

Today I’m back on this weblog to share with you the H. Schmidt’s concerns on future Bundeswehr. Die Zeit published on its website a video in which H. Schmidt expresses his concerns. According to him, professional defence forces recruit mainly among the lower classes of the society, thus not reflecting the society. To explore further… » read more

As usual the House of Commons offered on 2nd November a very rich and dense debate on the ins and outs of the treaties signed between France and the United Kingdom at the occasion of the summit. I warmly recommend you to pay a visit to the video of the debate, that you will reach… » read more

After a post on the point one of Sun Tzu’s quote your can read here below, I will try to analyze the idea of general’s ability. Sun Tzu said: Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise: 1. Which of… » read more

Ein Report der BIZ lässt Übles für Europa ahnen: Entschuldung nicht ohne Unruhen Das jüngste Arbeitspapier der Bank für Internationalen Zahlungsausgleich (BIZ) trägt die harmlose Nummer 300. Doch dahinter verbirgt sich massiver Sprengstoff zur Frage, wie die führenden – vor allem europäischen – Länder jemals ihre Schulden abarbeiten können.  Hier das Szenario der BIZ (in den Grafiken “BIS” abgekürzt,… » read more

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