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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Noda Yoshihiko as a New PM: Unnecessary Change in Current Japan

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Noda Yoshihiko, Finance Minister under Kan Naoto administration, was chosen as a sixth Prime Minister of Japan in the last five years. Anxiety over Kan’s future as a Prime Minister was already observed after the 3/11 earthquake indeed. Because of his “poor performance” in dealing with the earthquake aftermath, three opposition parties had submitted a […]

The paradox of competition policy in the US and EU: Is efficiency enough for economic freedom?

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A short analysis of US and European antitrust policy in the aftermath of the crisis. The genesis of the current crisis may be explained through the argument of a paradoxical lack of competition in the international market. This trend has been generated by a more general set of laissez faire policies, which have been applied […]

Welcome

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Welcome to this ‘Europe and African Security’ blog, which has two essential objectives: – It will act as an interactive tool to prepare and follow up two EC-funded workshops looking at the European Union and the African Security Regime. The first of these workshops will take place on 20th and 21st October at the University […]

Designing the Euro: An institutional hole?

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“If Member States run sound public finances, as a rule, they will never find themselves in a position where they have to correct an excessive deficit,” underlined Joaquín Almunia, Commissioner for economic and financial affairs, presenting the 2007 ‘Public Finances in EMU’ report in June. “And that is why the preventive arm of the Stability […]

Access to EU Commission documents: 2010 statistics and 2011 academic realities [Updated]

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Yesterday, the EU Commission published its report on the application of the EU access to documents regulation in 2010 (PDF). The report gives some interesting figures, but one should see them in relation to reality, which shall be done below. A) The report’s figures in a quick and selective summary: In 2010, there were 6127 […]

Digital access to EU information 30 years ago

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I just stumbled over a nice academic publication presented quite exactly 30 years ago, in June 1981. This article titled “A practical introduction to sources of information about the European Communities” by Giancarlo Pau (an Italian working at the Commission representation in the UK; Source (pdf)) covers ways to get information about the European Communities, […]