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  • Yanukovych Won. Get Over It.

    Christian Caryl 08 February 2010   So Ukraine has elected a new president. The winner is Viktor Yanukovych. Remember him? He was the bad guy in the Orange Revolution, back at the end of 2004. The voting masses rose up in protest against dirty tricks at the ballot box committed by Yanukovych and his pro-Moscow

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  • EU chooses unknowns for new top jobs

    Honor Mahony   EU leaders have chosen Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy to be the first president of the European Council, while UK trade commissioner Catherine Ashton will become the bloc’s foreign policy chief.   Welcoming the decision on Thursday evening (19 November), Swedish leader Fredrik Reinfeldt said: “What we were seeking were people

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  • EU Selects New President

    Lisa Bryant   The European Union has chosen its first full-time president – Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy. Leaders of the 27-member bloc also chose a woman for the second top job – British commissioner Catherine Ashton, who will be the EU’s new foreign policy chief  At a press conference in Brussels, the European

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  • US Supports BiH, Montenegro for NATO MAP

    Antonio Prlenda   Seven Southeast European countries’ defence ministers and the US Department of Defence met in Sarajevo on Wednesday (November 18th) to discuss further regional co-operation and the NATO enlargement process.   The meeting — the 5th involving the US-Adriatic Charter defence ministers — was attended by Albanian Deputy Minister Arian Starova, Bosnia and

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  • Europe after the Berlin Wall: 4 Surprises

    Moisés Naím   The fall of the Berlin Wall was bad news for sovietologists. Thousands of spies, military officers, diplomats, professors, journalists and assorted experts made a living studying the Soviet Union. None predicted its collapse.   But if the sudden and peaceful end of the Soviet empire was a surprise, the effects of the

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  • Berlin Wall Remembrances Vary

    Judith Latham    The demise of the Berlin Wall and all it stood for hold different memories for different people. Overt joy was the emotion felt by many in the West, seeing it as a symbol for the end of the tyranny of communist control. For others, there were mixed emotions. In the former Soviet

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  • EU military chiefs nervous about Lisbon Treaty implications

    Valentina Pop   EU military chiefs are nervous that their advice will not carry the same weight once the new Lisbon Treaty is in place and that the planned diplomatic service will not contain enough experienced military personnel.   Europe’s chiefs of defence gathered in Brussels on Wednesday (4 November) to review all military operations

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  • Pinpointing the Montenegro-Kosovo border

    Marina Roganovic and Besa Beqiri Amid squabbles over the issue, Montenegro and Kosovo are planning formal negotiations to establish a definitive, legally binding border. Officials have tried to stay positive, with Montenegrin Foreign Affairs Minister Milan Rocen insisting that his country “does not have any difficult issues which cannot be solved by talking to our

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  • Europe’s Obama Fatigue

    James Joyner   U.S. President Barack Obama is so beloved in Europe that he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (which he later won) just 12 days after taking office for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples.” A Pew survey this summer found that 93 percent of Germans, 91 percent of French people, and

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  • Interview: Radoslaw Sikorski

    Foreign Policy: Shortly after the Obama administration’s reversal on the missile defense system in Central Europe, you were quoted as saying that you hoped this would disabuse Polish leaders of the “dream of basing everything on a bilateral alliance with the United States.” Do you still feel that way?   Radoslaw Sikorski: The administration has

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  • 2009 EC report: positive outlook for Serbia

    Igor Jovanovic   Serbia “has done a good and serious job in co-operating with The Hague tribunal and in meeting its obligations regarding the war crimes”, according EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn.   The European Commission (EC) last week gave a thumbs-up to Serbia’s implementation of European standards on the road to EU membership and

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  • What’s in a Name?

    Zoran Jolevski   Macedonia’s ambassador responds to “The Name Game”.   ForeignPolicy.com recently published an inaccurate history (“The Name Game,” July 23, 2009) of Greece’s efforts to prevent Macedonia from joining NATO and the European Union.   The authors refer to Greece’s veto of our NATO accession for reasons of “bad neighborly relations” and point specifically

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  • Understanding the European Integration through the Ideational Factors:

    Kadri Kaan Renda   After the end of the Second World War, there was an urgent need to reconstruct Europe, which was ruined by the totalitarian ideologies. There were many politicians and thinkers who were discussing on the future of Europe. The ideas and visions ranged from the establishment of the United States of Europe

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  • Can Turkey’s Main Secularist Party Make a Comeback?

    Nicholas Birch   nationwide, the CHP only managed to get 2 percent more votes than in general elections in 2007. But in Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city, it increased votes by 10 percent, losing by a neck to a popular mayor from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). “Win Istanbul and you are half way to

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