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Joerg Beige & Arianna de Mario: There are still cases of politically motivated trials that lack basic lawful principles in Russia. We should not be afraid to appear ‘russophobic’ and remind the Russian authorities that they are obliged to comply with international law standards. Original post by Atlantic Community

Joerg Beige & Arianna de Mario: There are still cases of politically motivated trials that lack basic lawful principles in Russia. We should not be afraid to appear ‘russophobic’ and remind the Russian authorities that they are obliged to comply with international law standards. Original post by Atlantic Community

Each country has a different way of dealing with its history. The Portuguese are nostalgic about it, the Hungarians proud, while the Poles are trying to eradicate the negative consequences that their history still casts on them. Almost every country glorifies its past by honouring those who helped create, protect or even enlarge the nation.… » read more

Dresden news review

After discussing some national newspapers in previous countries along my way, I thought of today as a suitable occasion to pick a regional newspaper instead. Germany has many of those. My stay in Dresden made me opt for the local Sächsische Zeitung, which has quite some controversial topics on offer today, most of which seem… » read more

Thomas Carothers: The US needs to recover the international legitimacy it has lost and continue promoting democracy. Yet an exclusive and excluding League of Democracies would be an ineffective tool. Indeed, too many democratic governments are unwilling to follow the US and challenge national sovereignty in the name of democracy. Original post by Atlantic Community

Growing up in the DDR

Children who grew up in Germany before 1989 had very different childhood bases on whether they were born in West Germany or in East Germany. The general perception of West-Germans is that children in East Germany must have suffered a lot under the poverty. DDR kids had fewer toys and fewer opportunities to go on… » read more

Je me permets de prendre contact avec vous afin d’attirer votre attention sur une initiative citoyenne européenne qui vient d’être déclenchée. A l’origine de cette initiative qui se fonde sur l’article 11-4 du Traité de Lisbonne, se trouve une association basée sur Berlin fondée par le Professeur autrichien Johannes Pichler, Europa braucht Initiative e.V. Notre… » read more

Resistance is futile, say some, but the spread of Community protection for European health has taken an important step forward. Some countries will be dismayed, others relieved. Dismay in some because prideful to the end they cannot image the likely exodus of their patients to more congenial and responsive health systems and relief in others… » read more

No country within the EU shares as many borders with other countries as Germany does. The list of neighbouring countries has no fewer than nine members: Denmark in the North, Poland and Czech Republic in the East, Austria and Switzerland in the South and France, Luxembourg, Belgium and The Netherlands on the Western side. In… » read more

Fabian Martin Lieschke: NATO’s nuclear posture is dated and needs to be reconsidered during next year’s review. If NATO withdraws sub-strategic nuclear weapons from Europe it can pursue a leverage strategy to persuade Russia to also eliminate its tactical nuclear weapons. Original post by Atlantic Community

Vienna receives this weekend the first PES activists Forum. “Vienna 2008 – a strong voice for European social democracy” gathers together leading politicians from PES member parties, activists and experts to discuss the outcome of the manifesto2009 campaign. They will draw-up their ideas for a strong campaign for the next European elections. The opening session… » read more

After yesterday`s introduction of Berlin`s recent history, it`s now time to look at how much East and West Berlin are still different today. `Not at all`, some say. `Still quite different`, says the majority. East Berlin seems to be suitable for everything related to students, modern art and parties. West Berlin is business-related and cares… » read more

Stephanie von Hayek: Although the Lisbon Treaty is a step forward for a Europe of the citizens, the Irish said no. And it is understandable they did. There is a lack of transparency and political dialogue within the EU which needs to be filled in by politicians on all levels. Original post by Atlantic Community

Construire une supra-nationalité des citoyens européens   ” Ce qu’il manque à l’Europe, c’est une âme” Jacques Delors Le non irlandais résonne comme un coup de pen baz comme on dit en Bretagne. C’est le coup de bambou qui plonge les Européens dans un ko debout les laissant perplexes pour ne pas dire hagards. Le… » read more

Hall Gardner: NATO’s Bucharest Summit in April 2008 did not fully address the question of how to create a viable system of security for the volatile region of eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Caucasus. As eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Caucasus are all riddled with secessionist and irredentist movements since Soviet collapse, it… » read more

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