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As a regular user of internet services as well as a content provider, I was very interested in last week’s e-G8 summit. The idea of bringing together the chieftains of the internet industry and the world’s most powerful political leaders seems a step in the right direction. The internet as a platform and applications such […]

During the past 10 years the international community has witnessed a bizarre spectacle of two parallel negotiating processes. The negotiations on the Doha Development Round that have started in 2001 as a reaction to the terror attack on the World Trade Centre in New York. These negotiations, involving all the 150-odd WTO member countries, aim […]

Osama bin Laden’s capture and the April bombing in Marrakesh raise serious questions about government use of the terrorist threat as a tool in achieving policy objectives. In hindsight, it is hard to dismiss the possibility that at least some American agencies had known beforehand that the 9/11 attack was imminent, allowing it to happen […]

L’élément déclencheur, la lettre de Silvio Berlusconi et Nicolas Sarkozy au président Barroso et la réponse de ce dernier aux « frères ennemis ». Un débat confus, sans aucun doute. Inutile ? certainement pas mais l’épaisseur des méfiances n’a pas rendu intelligible un débat digne d’un meilleur sort. A-t-on fait des progrès d’une nature quelconque depuis le pacte […]

The UN-sanctioned military operations are obscuring the ongoing debate concerning the political organisation of post-Gaddafi Libya. To date, the only source of gauging what the country could look like in the future is a document titled “A Vision of Democratic Libya” issued by the Interim National Council on the 29th of March 2011. The Council’s […]

El próximo 22 de mayo se celebran elecciones autonómicas – salvo en Cataluña, Comunidad Autónoma Vasca y Galicia – y municipales que renovarán la inmensa mayoría del poder político territorial en España. Siempre han sido unos comicios trascendentales que anticipan lo que puede suceder en las elecciones generales que de cumplirse la legislatura íntegramente tendrán […]

Some circles within the administration of the United States of America still want Turkey to freeze its relations with Iran. But can’t the USA understand that Iran is an important neighbour and economic partner of Turkey? What can Turkey do but improve its ties with Iran? Turkey is not responsible for the huge lack of […]

On May 3rd, the UN decided to allow EU representatives to participate in the debate at the General Assembly and present oral proposals or amendments in the name of the EU. This decision follows eight months of intensive discussions with other UN member states, in particular those of the Caribbean Common Market. It will turn out […]

The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: ‘O Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.” (Hamas Charter: Article 7) The reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas […]

Since last month, France – and therefore the European Union implicitly – has increased its territory by 374, and its population by 185.000. What’s more, it all happened democratically, following a 2009 referendum organised in Mayotte, an island off the coast of East Africa. The inhabitants of Mayotte have decided to join France as […]

In amongst all the hullabaloo of the impending Royal Wedding, it may have skipped your attention that the Wikileaks team has just launched another release. Blimey. I have no idea where they get this stuff from, but the world just changed again… T…

The ongoing turmoil in the Arab world is sadly being shadowed by a relatively minor refugee crisis. There are a lot of misgivings voiced in the media and even in the blogosphere about the negative impact that Arab revolutions have on Europe. Unfortunately, such attitudes are being put to good use by the European buddies […]

The Group of 20 Finance Ministers and Central Bankers who met last Friday in Washington took only a small step towards monitoring “international economic imbalances” among the world’s leading trading nations. They agreed on a set of so called “indicative guidelines” with which to measure those imbalances and to strengthen coordination in order to avoid […]

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