Tag Archives: EU

Accession to the EU: Serbia should ‘’Icelandize’’ its European policy

Accession to the EU: Serbia should ‘’Icelandize’’ its European policy IBNA INTERVIEW – Živadin Jovanović, former Yugoslav Foreign Minister By Miloš Mitrović – Belgrade “After the European Union Council had announced the start of the accession negotiations with Serbia, the statements by the EU representatives in this regard were mainly general. They said that the […]

Germany to Bulgaria: cut oligarch ties

A protester in Sofia carries a poster, reading “You are not yourself when you are greedy”. Public outrage at the appointment of a media magnate to a top security post has boiled over into protests against the new government. Photo by Dimiter Muftieff Germany to Bulgaria: cut oligarch ties German and French ambassadors to Bulgaria urged the […]

TAP Wins on Nabucco: A Total Defeat for the EU

TAP Wins on Nabucco: A Total Defeat for the EU Matteo Cazzulani, EastBook, 5.07.2013 The choice of Trans Adriatic Pipeline as the unique pipeline to pump Azerbaijani gas to Europe is economically convenient to reach Northern European energy markets. However, the exclusion of Nabucco is a total defeat of the EU projects to diversify gas […]

EU-Neuling Kroatien – das nächste Griechenland?

EU-Neuling Kroatien – das nächste Griechenland? Mehr als die Hälfte der Jungen ist ohne Job, die Wirtschaft schrumpft: Kroatien kämpft mit den Folgen der Finanzkrise. Die EU nimmt das Land zum 1. Juli auf – und damit ihr nächstes Sorgenkind? Von Anze Voh Bostic, Die Welt, 07.06.13 Die europäische Familie wird größer: Am 1. Juli nimmt […]

Hezbollah in Syria: data and assumptions

France says 3,000-4,000 Hezbollah are fighting in Syria Reuters, May 29, 2013 – France said on Wednesday its intelligence services believed 3-4,000 guerillas from Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s army in Syria’s civil war. «As far as Hezbollah militants present in the battlefield, the figures range from 3,000 to 10,000, our estimates are between […]

Asian Nations Are Not Popular Worldwide: BBC Poll

LF Cartoons, by Luke Farookhi, 07/04/2013 Asian Nations Are Not Popular Worldwide: BBC Poll By Zachary Keck, The Diplomat, May 29, 2013 Asia is not very popular around the world and the popularity of many countries in the region is trending downward, according to an annual poll by the BBC. The 2013 edition of the BBC World Service’s Country Ratings […]

Who began the 2008 Russian-Georgian war?

An over-confident Georgian soldier in the first moments of the offensive over Tskhinvali, August 2008 Recriminations and Unanswered Questions: Who began the 2008 Russian-Georgian war? Rusa Gvazava, Georgian Digest, 25.04.2013 Who started the Georgia-Russia war of August 2008? Different people answer this question differently, but invariably those who blame Georgia for it add that Georgia […]

Finland updates its Arctic strategy

Photo: Flickr / vindoe40 – Finnish icebreaker SAMPO in Arctic Finland updates its Arctic strategy Energy-EnviroFinland, 20 November 2012 With temperatures rising at twice the rate of the rest of the world, the sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is melting faster than projected making it possible to utilize the region’s rich natural resources and opening […]

A Film On Kosovo Organ Trafficking

Source: Serbia Through American Eyes   Emir Kusturica To Make Film On Kosovo Organ Trafficking Deana Kjuka, Radio Free Europe – Radio Liberty, April 04, 2013 It is certainly not the first time that well-known and at times controversial Bosnian Serb film director Emir Kusturica has found himself in the middle of a controversy about his work […]

NK News: Three experts explain why North Korea keeps ratcheting tensions

Three experts explain why North Korea keeps ratcheting tensions Experts look at causes and possible solutions to current tensions on the Korean Peninsula NK News.org, April 4, 2013 With a seemingly never-ending cycle of threats and counter-threats, North Korea has been in the news at an unusually high frequency in recent weeks. From the North […]

The Messages Of Russia’s Military Exercise In The Black Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a military exercise in Anapa, a Russian Black Sea resort. Read also: China and Russia conduct ‘surprise’ military exercises The Messages Of Russia’s Military Exercise In The Black Sea – Analysis By Habibe Özdal, Journal of Turkish Weekly, April 1, 2013 Putin, Russia’s president, ordered for a military exercise in the Black […]

China and the BRICS: Unavoidable Hegemony?

China and the BRICS: Unavoidable Hegemony? By Zachary Keck, The Diplomat / China Power, March 29, 2013 As China’s relative economic growth has continued apace, its dominance within BRICS has become increasingly entrenched. Almost regardless of its intentions, China’s size and national power make it the unavoidable hegemon of BRICS. Yet the other member states distrust of […]

Kroatien: Zaghafte Reformen reichen für den EU-Klubausweis

Riber, Presseurop Kroatien Zaghafte Reformen reichen für den EU-Klubausweis Florian Hassel, Süddeutsche.de, 26. März 2013 Auf 15 knappen Seiten stellt die Europäische Union Kroatiens angebliche Beitrittsreife fest. Tatsächlich leidet das Land unter seiner rückständigen Wirtschaft, einer kaum funktionierenden Justiz und ist geprägt von Klientelismus und Korruption. Doch auch der Bundestag als letzte mächtige Instanz wird […]

El rescate de Chipre (9)

Christine Lagarde (left) and Jeroen Dijsselbloem (right) Troika shock therapy has killed our opportunistic economic model By David Officer and Yiouli Taki – Cyprus Mail,  March 24, 2013 TO PUT it simply, the troika has potentially vaporised the Cypriot-based financial services sector and undermined its status as a tax haven, a deliberate act which aimed […]

El rescate de Chipre (3)

Illustration by Neal Fox, for Bloomberg Busineesweek (January, 2013) Why the EU is right on Cyprus By Peter Gumbel, Reuters, March 18, 2013 The reaction to this weekend’s European Union bailout deal for Cyprus has gone from initial shock to rather predictable condemnation. “Europe botches another rescue”, ran the headline on an editorial in the Financial Times. “It’s as if […]

¿Qué Unión Europea ha recibo el Premio Nobel?

Caricatura por Bado El 12 de octubre, el Comité del Nobel decidió otorgar su célebre (y controvertido) premio por la paz a la Unión Europea. La decisión supuso una sorpresa que, en seguida pasó a ser celebrada con marcadas dosis de escepticismo -nada especialmente nuevo desde hace algunos años, tras la concesión de muchos de […]