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Protectionist winds (3)

Fears of growing protectionist sentiment in the US are worrying (see 4 March post). The US Air force decided that the Northrop Grumman/EADS (Airbus) refuelling tanker was to be preferred to that of Boeing; a huge sum of money is at stake. The outcry against the decision continues to grow, and is now mixed up… » read more

Based on a Discussion Webinar, Friday 15 February 2008 Two major concerns exist about our electrical power system. The first one is the reliability and quality of the electrical power, summarized under the term ‘Power Quality’ (PQ). Poor PQ affects the profitability and the productivity of our economy. The second concern is the energy […]… » read more

LEAP, the Long range Energy Alternatives Planning System, is a software tool for energy policy analysis and climate change mitigation assessment. This article is the result of an e-mail interview & exchange with Charlie Heaps, LEAP Developer and COMMEND Manager at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Original post by Hans De Keulenaer

Le principe de subsidiarité est coulé dans la jurisprudence européenne. Trop souvent appliqué dans une perspective unilatéralement étatique, il pose de réels problèmes dans le champ éducatif. D’une part, il évacue la dimension ” common values”, d’autre part il ignore la dimension transnationale en matière éducative et culturelle( notamment quand des enquêtes du type Pisa… » read more

My 5 March posting commented on Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy making up after a period of strained relations. In a discussion yesterday, the sustainability of this rapprochement was questioned. The personal chemistry of the current Franco-German couple is unlikely to lead to the relationship matching that of several of its predecessors, but […] Original… » read more

Problèmes: Europe de l’Est est priviligiée par rapport àl’industrie, les investissements, etc… L’Afrique continent malade L’Afrique pauvre en direction L’Afrique pauvre d’administration Relations bilatérales priviligiées: France / pays Maghreb Belgique / Congo Grande Bretagne / Afrique du Sud Nationalisme africain et la fin du Colonisation : avenir politique incertain. L’Afrique sujette aux convoitises de… » read more

Problèmes: Europe de l’Est est priviligiée par rapport à l’industrie, les investissements, etc… L’Afrique continent malade L’Afrique pauvre en direction L’Afrique pauvre d’administration Relations bilatérales priviligiées: France / pays Maghreb Belgique / Congo Grande Bretagne / Afrique du Sud Nationalisme africain et la fin du Colonisation : avenir politique incertain. L’Afrique sujette aux convoitises de… » read more

Problèmes: Europe de l’Est est priviligiée par rapport à l’industrie, les investissements, etc… L’Afrique continent malade L’Afrique pauvre en direction L’Afrique pauvre d’administration Relations bilatérales priviligiées: France / pays Maghreb Belgique / Congo Grande Bretagne / Afrique du Sud Nationalisme africain et la fin du Colonisation : avenir politique incertain. L’Afrique sujette aux convoitises de… » read more

Corruption exists in everywhere around the world. In some countries however, it`s a lot more visible and obvious. Bulgarians can still expect to be made pay some extra money whenever they deal with police officers, doctors and teachers, but the situation has improved a lot since the mid-1990s when money could buy virtually anything ?… » read more

Sportswise, there is little difference between Bulgaria and most of the other countries I visited after Christmas. Football is sport number one, also here. Much to the disappointment of the Bulgarians, the national team did not manage to qualify for the European Championships which will be held in Switzerland and Austria this year. Fortunately, Bulgaria… » read more

Immigration is causing quite serious issues in countries across Europe, but there is no such problem in Bulgaria. The country suffers more from its own people leaving their country than from others coming in: a handful of Chinese and another few refugees from Armenia or Afghanistan. The process of mass emigration out of Bulgaria started… » read more

It`s a sunny spring day in Plovdiv. The sun is out, temperatures are close to reaching 20 degrees and the streets in the centre are full of people. Most of whom walking around with flowers in their hands. It`s Woman`s Day, which is a big thing in Bulgaria and all of the Slavic world. Original… » read more

I will be supposed possibly think become active citizens. Active citizens, or creating societies of citizens, so that we can intervene and claim effectively in problems that concern us, or participating in institutions of decisions, as is the local self-government. It will suppose possibly that we decide what city and what village we want. If… » read more

If the EU is about one thing, then it is about getting rid of barriers that separate people. The fall of the Berlin Wall epitomizes the hope for a Europe without divisions, a Europe built on civic involvement. The velvet revolutions ‘in the East’ and the reforms that followed show that the EU can have… » read more

When one follows the international news scene closely, it looks like there are two different worlds being reported about: one where the housing and credit crisis is being played out against a background of inflation fears and worries about a global economic slowdown; the other where spectacularly rising energy and commodity prices underline the energy/climate… » read more

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