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On Wednesday 10 February the European Commission will present the so-called Energy Union ‘Winter Package’. The package will consist of five elements: Revised Security of Gas Supply Regulation Proposal for a revised decision on Intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy Strategy for Liquefied Natural Gas & Storage Strategy for heating and cooling Decision to…… » read more

  Posted by EU energy & climate blog by @StollmeyerEU

On December 2, 2015, the foreign ministers of NATO member states, including the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, agreed to grant a membership invitation to Montenegro.[1] In response to this indisputable historical fact, the New York Times published two articles, a front page article and an editorial,… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

In November 17-18 Greek PM Tsipras meets with Turkish PM Davutoglu and the President Erdogan in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. The Greek PM is expected to discuss a number of issues, with the refugee crisis on top of the agenda. Alexis Tsipras’ visit in Turkey comes in a turbulent time… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

Terrorist attacks in Paris late Saturday November 13 caused an unprecedented shock. Flowers, candles, profile photos, poems and kind words are nice and play a role in communicating the mobilization of the European and world communities and the determination to not be terrorized. But let’s be honest. This does not suffice. It takes coordinated action… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

EU lacks geopolitical strategy

The economic crisis remains a top priority for Eurozone with the current consolidation model generating much more problems than solutions. Greece has been forced to adopt a third bailout deal, but the ruling Syriza party resists towards protecting the most affected ones, while unfolding the deadlock that austerity politics have caused to an increasing number… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

AKP’s outright majority is clearly Erdogan’s personal achievement. HDP crossed the Rubicon and CHP secured front opposition. All that as freedom of speech is violated and situation with the implementation of the rule of law is alarming. Turkey’s long-serving ruler reaffirmed he has the way to take what he wants. Both as PM and President,… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

  Many were expecting that this debate last night would be extremely boring. They were right as all political leaders had nothing fresh to offer in the discussion. Nonetheless, even in this stiff depiction of Greek political life, we can come to some useful conclusions.   After a first reading, each one of the political… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

A few months ago, I was in the audience at the prestigious Commonwealth Club in San Francisco when Senator Bernie Sanders presented the rationale for a political revolution in the United States. Sanders is the only independent Senator in the US Senate; all other Senators belong either to the Republican or Democratic political parties. Since… » read more

With regard to the production of geopolitical discourses, the field of critical geopolitics distinguishes between the “intellectuals of statecraft” and the “dissident intellectuals”. The intellectuals of statecraft are those whose activities are directed toward the extending and deepening the power of the status quo, whereas the dissident intellectuals endeavor to demystify and deconstruct the existing… » 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

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

Since the crisis this week-end, the split of Belgium received further credits and some in Wallonia are effectively elaborating on their future without Flanders. The wheel of fortune turns. Now, Flanders appears to be afraid… Read background on Belgian politics for dummies… and EU-afficionados According to a recent survey by Dedicated Research, Flanders is afraid… » read more

The environment problem caused by cities may include some environment solutions for the planet. For example, BedZED in Greater London represents a successful environmentally-friendly district although it failed on the socio-economic principles. (See Cities, problem or solution to the environment crisis? 1/2) There is an area in Malmo which economical, social and ecological transformations have been… » read more

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