Tag Archives: European Union

febrero 25

Cyprus Signs Military Deal With Russia

Piloto del 450 Escuadrón de Helicópteros de Ataque, mando Aéreo de Chipre, con su helicóptero de ataque Mi-35PN Hind-F, de fabricación rusa. De momento, el acuerdo con Moscú supone la utiliación de puertos chiipriotas para naves rusas en misiones internacionales, pero podría ampliarse a la base aérea de Paphos. Cyprus Signs Military Deal With Russia: […]

octubre 03

Erdogan ‘Demo- cratization Package’ (1)

People watch a television broadcasting the speech of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a coffee shop in Istanbul, Sept. 30, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/ Osman Orsal) Will ‘Democratization Package’ Restore Erdogan’s Reputation? Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse; October 1, 2013 When the Arab Spring broke out in December 2010, Turkey was considered a neutral […]

septiembre 17

China and Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan: A worker welds a pipeline section imported from China. Daily traffic of trucks coming from China, loaded with pipes, is really significant. China and Kazakhstan: Inevitability of Beijing’s Growing Influence Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 10 Issue: 153 August 16, 2013 By: Alexander Kim For centuries, China was a major source of wealth for […]

Israel quietly maintains ties with Egyptian army

Egyptian Army soldiers stand guard outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, in the center of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, that was cleared by security forces, in the district of Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, August 16, (photo credit: AP/Hassan Ammar) Israel quietly maintains ties with Egyptian army Fearing that […]

China’s Marlboro Country

China’s Marlboro Country Te-Ping Chen, ICIJ, June 29, 2009 On first approach, Yunxiao seems like any other Chinese backwater caught in uneasy industrial transition. Faded advertisements line the streets downtown, where motorcyclists wearing bamboo-frond hats determinedly vie for passengers in a riot of honking. A cheerful red banner in the city center exhorts citizens to […]

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 […]

Bosnian Lawmakers Fail to Meet ‘Babylution’ Protest Demands

Bosnian Lawmakers Fail to Meet ‘Babylution’ Protest Demands Tamara Gocmanac, Global Voices, 9 July, 2013 Bosnia-Herzegovina’s parliament has missed the July 1 deadline set by angry protesters demanding members fix a lapse in the country’s law that is preventing newborns from being given an identity number and, by extension, travel papers and healthcare. For more than […]

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 […]

Croatia’s EU membership spells trouble for Bosnia’s farmers

Farmers in Bosnia and Herzegovina protested government agriculture polcies. Photo: DW Croatia’s EU membership spells trouble for Bosnia’s farmers Eliza Ronalds-Hannon (Sarajevo), DW, 30.05.2013 Croatia is set to join the EU in July, but when it does, neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina will lose its main market for its farming exports. And without it, the country’s […]

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 […]

Live Blog of Albanian Election

Albania’s Prime Minister and leader of the Democratic Party Sali Berisha delivers a speech during a pre-election rally in the centre of Tirana, June 21, 2013. REUTERS/Arben Celi Live Blog of Albanian Election How The World Votes, June 24, 2013 Polls have closed in Albania, and the election has already been marred by violence. A supporter […]

Albania: «Peaceful campaign for general elections» but «rallies for and against Erdogan»

Balkan Insight /Dhuna Albania heads to polls after peaceful campaign THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 06/21/2013 TIRANA, Albania — Political parties in Albania are entering their final day of campaigning for Sunday’s general elections, considered a test for the Balkan country to shed its history of troubled campaigns as it seeks closer ties and eventual membership in the […]

Croatia Joining EU With Muted Enthusiasm, Many Doubts

By Manos Symeonakis, Cartoon Movement Croatia Joining EU With Muted Enthusiasm, Many Doubts By DARKO BANDIC and DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Huffintongpost,  06/17/13 ZAGREB, Croatia — There will be festivities and fireworks, but Kata Secic can’t muster much enthusiasm for Croatia’s historic entry into the European Union. The 53-year-old Croatian textile factory worker has a more immediate […]

Europe’ s Blinkered Russian Policy

Europe’ s Blinkered Russian Policy by: Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe,  June 3, 2013 How blind the EU can be. Despite worrying changes in Russia and Eastern Europe over the last six months, the EU’s policy toward both regions remains the same. If the EU took its foreign relations seriously, the two developments should jolt it into adopting a very […]

Istanbul, Gezi Park: TINA vs. NAIT?

Personalized attention to every citizen: one of the most infamous pictures of the protests in Istanbul Istanbul, Gezi Park: TINA vs. NAIT? Francisco Veiga, Eurasian Hub, June 2, 2013 It seems evident that the revolt in Istanbul’s Gezi Park has been a true “Black Swan”. According to author Nassir Nicholas Taleb, who coined this concept, […]

PM Dačić expects “green light from EU in June”

Mr Ivica Dačić, Prime Minister of Serbia; Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council – CONSILIUM PM Dačić expects “green light from EU in June” SOURCE: TANJUG, May 30, 2013BRUSSELS — Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has stated that he expects Serbia to get a green light in June for the beginning of […]

Bulgaria’s system mirrors its neighbours

A Bulgarian family works in an agricultural field on the outskirts of Sofia on 13 May, 2013. | AFP PHOTO / Dimitar Dilkoff Bulgaria’s system mirrors its neighbours By Peter Taberner | NewEurope, May 26, 2013 Pensions may not currently be a hot topic of conversation in Bulgaria as the current political impasse continues, where a government […]

Yugonostalgia’ gains force as Croatia prepares to join EU this summer

In Tito’s birthplace, ‘Yugonostalgia’ gains force as Croatia prepares to join EU this summer Associated Press, May 25, 2013 Croatia may be on the doorstep of the European Union, but in this tiny village another union of nations was getting all the glory. In Kumrovec, the birthplace of Yugoslavia’s late communist leader Josip Broz Tito, […]

Quality of government in EU regions

Quality of government in EU regions By Lewis Dijkstra / European Commision / Inforegio Short Note 01/2011 – Regio.c.3(2011)422425 This short note summarises the main findings of a study on Quality of Government (QoG) and subnational variation in the EU recently concluded by the Gothenburg Quality of Government Institute in Sweden for DG REGIO.

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 […]