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Monthly Archives: March 2011

More than a Cliché: Every Crisis is a New Opportunity

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By Pablo Calderon Martinez The international community was, once again, caught by surprise and overwhelmed by the speed and intensity of the events unfolding in one of the most volatile regions of the world. The much-maligned Bush “doctrine” claimed that, after a short war, Iraq would become a functional Western-like democracy, whose prosperity, freedom and […]

Japan Earthquake (2) EU’s Disaster Relief Efforts

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As of 14th March, 20 EU member states have offered to help Japan through the European Civil Protection Mechanism: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Followed by the request from Japan, blankets, mattresses, water bottles/tanks and […]

Japan Earthquake (1) Quick Overview

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Just a quick entry on the current situation in Japan. As you already know, the 9.0 magnitude quake and the tsunami hit Japan on 11th March. The aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan has been providing disaster relief and humanitarian assistance from 13th; and numerous rescue and support teams have also been dispatched from the […]

Where is the “flagship” in the European Innovation Union flagship initiative

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I’m preparing for the first day of the EU Competitiveness Council tomorrow which will be dedicated to research issues. On the agenda: Europe 2020 strategy – Annual Growth Survey; contribution to the European semester Interim evaluation of the 7th Research Framework Programme including the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF) European Innovation Union flagship initiative Follow-up to the […]

Some remarks on the Council briefing: Off the record!

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This morning, thanks to my short-term blogger accreditation,  I’ve been at the off-the-record briefings on the upcoming Competitiveness Council (see my previous posts on my preparations for the Council here and here). I am not supposed to talk about the content of these briefings unless I quote “Brussels sources” or “EU sources”. This is actually a […]

Why use blogs in university teaching: A Socratic dialogue

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Guest post by Anamaria Dutceac Segesten* When I first told my undergraduate students that we will have a blog connected to the one of their first semester courses, they looked at me with incredulity. A blog? Why, a blog can have nothing to do with academia, right? Well, wrong, was my reply. I have written […]