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Leah Katherine Strauss: Both the UN Environment Program and Human Rights Council have acknowledged the ever-present human element of environmental degradation. Globally, the recognition that those who pollute are violating human rights is of urgent importance, nowhere more-so than in China Original post by Atlantic Community

Hall Gardner: A move towards Ukrainian NATO membership would strain relations with Russia and have serious consequences. In the short-term, Ukraine should remain “neutral”, while the EU introduces new, and expands existing confidence building economic and political areas of cooperation with Kiev and Moscow. In the long-term, Europe should seek to develop a confederal relationship… » read more

Sonja Davidovic: Through the changes in the global power structure resulting from the breakdown of the Soviet Union, the USA inevitably assumed the role of a “Global Leader”. This shifted position within the international community provided the American theorists of foreign policy with new tasks. It has become imperative to define the positioning of the… » read more

In Strasbourg next week (Wed 18 June), the European Parliament will vote on a legislative amendment to EU electricity law requiring all new power plants not to emit more that 350g CO2 per kwh of output (i.e. both power and heat). A limit value of 350g effectively bans the construction of new conventional coal plants… » read more

Heinrich Bonnenberg: NATO is not the main topic for the future of Europe. The main topic is to come up with a European identity, that means a European civilization. Original post by Atlantic Community

The European machine tools industry exported 37% of the 2007 production outside Europe (European Union + EFTA + Turkey). Total exports grew by 11% in 2007 despite an appreciating Euro towards most currencies. Strongest increases were registered to Russia, where new industrial bases are still being set up and to the largest Asian and American… » read more

Long before the financial crisis, we were warned about the systemic risks and excessive debt of hedge and private equity funds. Today’s financial crisis may not have been caused by hedge and private equity funds—but the crisis revealed the huge interdependence of all the players in the financial market and showed the high vulnerability of… » read more

The euro, once billed by Gerhard Schröder as the most important step towards European integration, celebrates its 10th birthday in June. Since its conception in Maastricht and its 1998 birth, it has come a long way—but what challenges now face the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) as it moves towards maturity? The euro’s first decade… » read more

The European Machine Tool Industry is a key element to sustain the manufacturing activity in Europe. Thanks to their solutions generated by R&D, industrial sectors as automotive, aerospace, power generation, medical products and general engineering can produce more efficiently, more accurately, faster, cheaper and more environmentally friendly. Our sector contributes to the Lisbon Agenda aim… » read more

Jens F. Laurson and George A. Pieler: NATO is trying to expand its military wing to more countries, which used to be “the enemy,” in its effort to secure its future. However, Europe’s reliance on imported oil should be considered before alienating exporters like Russia in the attempt of reinventing NATO’s aging alliance. Original post… » read more

From the Editorial Team: President Bush’s last official visit to Germany has sparked a vivid debate about the legacy of his presidency and the image of the US abroad. Will Europe forget about Bush soon after the elections and consider the US once again as a partner and friend? Or will the next president have… » read more

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