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
Archives for Global Europe
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.
March 14, 2011
The images of the tsunami and the loss of life in Japan are horrifying. But before the sun set on the second day of this tragedy, Greenpeace International released an obscene, tasteless “I told you so.”
The European Union is continuously forged by the pressure of events. Far more than individual member states the EU is in a state of permanent flux as it changes and adapts to meet new challenges.
March 11, 2011
Conferences, in our experience, can be very boring, but one that we found ourselves at last month was really thought-provoking. The subject was that old ‘chestnut’ of how to get development aid to Africa. It could have been a mind-numbing experience, despite the continued urgency of the issue, but it was transformed by the vitality… » read more
Wie die “Farbrevolutionen” und deren Wurzeln im Bereich der ehemaligen Sowjetunion sind die “Jasminrevolutionen” das Produkt eines sehr spezifischen soziopolitischen Umfeldes. Unverantwortliche Führer, schlechtes Regierungshandeln, eine grundlegende Identitätskrise, wirtschaftliche und politische Frustration ebenso wie das Versagen der westlichen politischen Strategie im Nahen Osten sind einige der Elemente, die die radikalen sozialen Bewegungen erklären, welche die… » read more
March 9, 2011
In drei der fünf Länder der Region haben die Bürger ihre Kraft gezeigt, indem sie Regime gestürzt haben, die wir als Garanten der Stabilität betrachten wollten. Sie verlangen lediglich, dass man in den Wiederaufbau ihrer Länder investiert. Aber wenn sie nicht sehr rasch Grund haben, an eine Verbesserung ihrer Lage zu glauben, wird die Energie… » read more
How do you turn a country that has been ruled by a tyrant into one that respects human rights and is based solidly on democracy? That is more than possible. There is a positive example about how to bring it to success. Recently one country was rebuilt from a broken tyranny, ruined cities, and utter… » read more
I feel that many of us are watching Revolution 2011 sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East in very much the same passive manner as we watch a weather report map. Our citizen journalists on the ground are sending tweets and our leaders are expressing concern, but there is very little analysis on the… » read more
By Manana Kochladze, Regional Coordinator for the Caucasus at CEE Bankwatch Network. The functioning of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) vis-à-vis the Southern partners has received considerable international scrutiny over the past weeks, with revolutions in North Africa in the spotlight. Some of the criticism aimed at ENP effectiveness in the South seems to imply… » read more