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How the first UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie was (s)elected

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After watching yesterday’s first round of public hearings of candidates for Secretary-General of the United Nations – see my blog post – I was wondering how the first Secretary-General was (s)elected. As it happens, I currently have the memoirs of all former UN Secretaries-General in my office (see picture) as we are going through them […]

Selecting the next Secretary General of the United Nations: why you should watch the public hearings

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This year, the politics of selecting the next UN Secretary General have become something of an event. At least, as much as UN politics can become eventful outside some weird dictator giving an even weirder speech to the UN General Assembly. I’ve spent this afternoon – morning New York time – watching the first ever […]

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Motivational Quotes For Work

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Do you have at work one of these lovely collaborative brainstorming boards? I do. Here is my inspirational (inspirational / management) quote. In short, I have taken the liberty to add a new twist to the widely used Altshuler’s quote. The impressive photo of F-22 was retrieved from Defense Industry Daily. In case you find […]

Dutch vote on Putin, EU, and toilet paper in EU-Ukraine AA referendum

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On 6 April Dutch citizens can cast their vote on the Association Agreement (AA) between the EU and Ukraine. The referendum has been at the centre of the public debate over the past couple of months for a number of reasons. First, the referendum is the first organised under a new referendum law. Second, Ukraine […]

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Европа, которую создал СССР ?

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Во что превратилась бы карта Европы, не подари СССР тысячи километров территорий тем самым странам, что сейчас называют нас оккупантами? Вроцлав – один из самых туристических городов Польши. Всюду толпы народу с фото­аппаратами, в дорогих ресторанах яблоку упасть негде, таксисты заламывают безбожные цены. У входа на Рыночную площадь колышется транспарант «Вроцлав – настоящее польское очарование!». Всё […]

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The heart of Europe (Brussels)

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The two airport blasts, at least one of them blamed on a suicide bomber, left behind a chaotic scene of splattered blood in the departure lounge as windows were blown out, ceilings collapsed and travelers streamed out of the smoky building. About an hour later, another bomb exploded on a rush-hour subway train near the […]

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The Eurozone crisis and democracy

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Overall, a contradiction between the founding democratic principles of the EU and its new operational structure during the crisis has left the quality of the EU’s democratic order adversely affected. In the spirit of Aristotle’s criterion, then, the EU’s political system of governance does not any longer seem to adhere to the organisation’s principles.

Poland’s inevitable foreign policy crash

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Explainer: why everyone is giving Poland a hard time Kamil Zwolski, University of Southampton Since coming into power at the end of October 2015, Poland’s new, right-wing government has caused a stir at home and drawn international criticism. Hardly a day passes at the moment without EU officials or European leaders questioning decisions made by […]

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Why the EU needs the UK – A Security Perspective, by Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters

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Most of the current discussions on the possible ‘Brexit’ — the United Kingdom leaving the European Union — are concerned with issues of the Eurozone and its economic implications, the ongoing migration and refugee crisis, and the potential economic, political and social consequences for the UK in case of leaving the EU. What has been […]

Britain and the EU: a Question of International Relations

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In his Chatham House speech setting out the UK’s demands for a renegotiated relationship, David Cameron argued Britain’s EU membership is not merely a question of jobs and trade but of national security. Eurosceptics argue Britain’s leaders have too often allowed such foreign policy concerns to be put before domestic priorities, especially economic and democratic needs. Recent events in […]

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