What is happening with Croatia? While considerable steps are being taken towards EU accession, one also traces growing euro-skepticism among a wide and diverse range of Croatian citizens.
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March 28, 2011
Since the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union is the only global actor which has enshrined in its constitution the obligation of member countries to abide by United Nations norms and resolutions, affirming in no uncertain terms the Union’s commitment to multilateralism.
The European Union has hardly covered itself with glory over the Libyan crisis, but as events unfold we may be witnessing a far more effective performance than seemed likely just two weeks ago. One thing has become clear though: hopes of creating a serious EU defence capability for the future have taken a serious knock.
For years the EU has outlined a common foreign, security and defense policy (CFSP, ESDP) and has even created the EU battle troops (EUBG) and established its own European External Action Service. However recent developments in Libya once again clearly showed the insignificant role of these EU activities.
Many Europeans who opposed the US invasion of Iraq saw the imposition of democracy through war as wrong. Nevertheless, while these Europeans saw homegrown democracy as something to be hoped for, only a few Marxists and libertarians dared dream of a popular uprising.
March 25, 2011
A world that is evolving from one where strength is measured predominantly in military terms to a world in which different kinds of power and threats co-exist, helps to identify opportunities for transatlantic cooperation and constitutes an imperative for action in cyber security, writes Amanda Sellers and Tobias Felix Franke.
As the attention of the international public opinion over the last month has been focused on the developments in Libya, the Gulf kingdoms have been busy repressing pro-democracy protests, from Manama to Sanaa. Headed by Saudi Arabia, who provides the military force or the money, Persian Gulf rulers are hoping to avoid the long overdue… » read more
En plena crisis de la intervención armada en Libia, Barack Obama ha girado su primera visita de Estado como presidente de los Estados Unidos a varios países latinoamericanos – concretamente a Brasil,Chile y El Salvador.
Air strikes in Libya began in the wake of the UNSC resolution. In my opinion, the Security Council’s “Responsibility to protect” principle (R2P) could be applied if Gaddafi used weapons of mass destruction – such as mustard gas (almost ten tonnes in his possession), bioweapons, “yellow-cake” uranium, Scud-B missiles, or if he (with the help… » read more
March 21, 2011
Japón sufre con dignidad su tragedia mientras los mercados especulan miserablemente con su reconstrucción. El país del Sol Naciente ha sufrido la mayor tragedia de su historia desde el lanzamiento sobre Hiroshima y Nagasaki de las bombas mundiales en 1945.
The hopes for Europe speaking and acting with one voice in the world that had been nourished with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the installation of the European External Action Service have taken a serious battering over the UNSEC vote on a no-fly zone over Libya March 17th.
March 18, 2011
Having spent the last few weeks in the UK, I have had the chance to see the media in full force. When it comes to the relationship between the UK and Europe, it is not a very pretty sight.
March 16, 2011
Esta semana se ha iniciado una nueva ronda de negociaciones para lograr un acuerdo de asociación entre la Unión Europea y Mercosur (Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay).
Political leaders of oil-rich countries are far less likely to relinquish power or, in the case of kingdoms, to adopt much-needed constitutional changes.
March 15, 2011
The EU keeps two battle groups on standby for six months at a time, and has done since January 2007. However, having been on standby for more than four years, the battle groups have the air of a solution looking for a problem.