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  • Culture, Religion, EU-Turkey and Cyprus: Dilemma

    Cultural differences have become, in the eyes of some, an impediment to Turkish accession to the EU. French sociologist Amaury de Riencourt makes a clear distinction between culture and civilization. From his perspective, “..Culture and Civilisation are two expressions that have been used more or less indiscriminately and interchangeably in the past. The distinction between

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  • Sacking Sarkozy won’t be enough

    The new French president will have to make a decision about a European treaty that would demand still greater austerity. The choice will affect the future of France, and of Europe BY SERGE HALIMI | APRIL O7, 2012 Will the French elect a different president, but leave unresolved all the issues raised in the election

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  • Cameron’s Munich?

    Is this David Cameron’s Munich? It is not without historical irony that the only other country to stand with Britain over the Fiscal Compact at yesterday’s EU Summit was the Czech Republic which Chamberlain sold out to Hitler at Munich in 1938.  Last night Martin Callanan, the leader of British Conservatives in the European Parliament accused the Prime Minister

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  • 2011, Lessons of Hubris

    The Arab uprisings expose the self-delusion of the powerful – from the region itself to Turkey, Germany and the rest of Europe. This is a moment to register and build on, says Kerem Oktem. BY DR. KEREM OKTEM | DECEMBER 24, 2011 Two world-historical events in 2011 changed the world as we knew it. In

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  • Stiffen the Sinews, Prime Minister

    Written by PROF. JULIAN LINDLEY-FRENCH Dear Prime Minister Cameron, We are both off to Brussels today. You are going to attend some minor event at which you are expected by your German and French hosts to play a minor bit part. I will be attending (and you will love this) a meeting on the cost

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  • €-Day: Just How Broke Are We Europeans?

    Written by PROF. JULIAN LINDLEY-FRENCH Saturday, 03 December 2011 16:02 Oslo, Norway. 2 December. €-Day approacheth and with it the Onion’s day of reckoning. Norway is not in the EU and yet strangely there is no visible sign that civilisation is about to collapse. Quite the reverse! Indeed, it is nice to be in a country

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  • Does Germany Really Want to Save the Euro?

    Written by PROF. JULIAN LINDLEY-FRENCH Does Germany really want to save the Euro? The great Austrian strategist Count Metternich once famously said that when Paris sneezes, Europe catches cold. Today, he would probably substitute Berlin for Paris. I have just spent the weekend with close German friends in beautiful Vienna. The sense of pending doom

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  • What exactly would the UK gain from leaving the EU?

    Written by JUSTIN STARES Wednesday, 09 November 2011 08:28 Could the United Kingdom leave the European Union while maintaining the free trade agreement that Norway enjoys with the bloc? There are on the face of it many advantages to a free trade agreement with the EU over full membership. If Britain were to withdraw from

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  • From One Debt Bubble to Another – Europe is Rrunning out of Ideas

    Written by DEAN CARROLL Friday, 21 October 2011 08:15 Many are holding their breath in anticipation that the eurozone summit on Sunday will result in an all-dancing, all-singing solution to fix the problems of the single currency – once and for all. Given the track record of snail-pace progress at these set-piece events, it seems

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  • Long Road Ahead: Skopje-Brussels, via Athens

    Written by GJORGJI STAMOV Wednesday, 05 October 2011 16:39 The Republic of Macedonia pursued a policy of peaceful independence from war-ravaged Yugoslavia in 1991. Considering the devastating outcome of that war, Macedonia’s achievement deserves recognition. Secession, however, was not met without problems of its own. Internally, the communist party lost credibility, the economy was collapsing,

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  • A Bolder Barroso: Too Little, Too Late?

    By FRANCESCO GUARASCIO | 03.10.2011 European Commission President José Manuel Barroso waited until nearly the middle of his second mandate to show bold ambitions for the European project, but his move has likely come too late. In his annual State of the Union address in the European Parliament last week, Barroso promised that Greece would

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  • The Obstacles to Sustainable Peace and Democracy in Post-Independence Kosovo

    BY GEZIM VISOKA** | 17.08.2011 Introduction Even after ten years of international administration and almost three years since its declaration of independence from Serbia, Kosovo continues to face ethnic and socio-economic problems, as well as fundamental challenges to its governance and sovereignty that have the potential to undermine the progress achieved and threaten Kosovo’s stability.

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