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Europe’s highly skilled 20-30 year olds in times of austerity

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Raya Kardasheva is a Lecturer in European Politics at King’s College London. Hello Europe, here they are – the educated, the jobless, the hungry and the ruthless. They studied the European project. They believed in the European project. They acted on the European project. Their generation is truly European – they travel without borders, they […]

AlMacKoM

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Yesterday, EUObserver had an excellent – although perhaps somewhat optimistic – opinion article about the idea of creating a Benelux for the West-Balkans, or specifically for Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro. Before I focus on the little detail that particularly captivated me, I’d first like to briefly discuss the main idea. In the words of […]

Rio+20: The EU approach and current developments

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Some weeks ago, the European Commission discussed the upcoming Rio+20 conference on sustainable development (20-22 June 2012). When you read through the minutes of 22 May meeting of the Commission (p. 13-18), one can see that the expectations at EU level are not very high: “[Commissioner Piebalgs] said that the only outcome that the European Union could […]

Lagarde on Greece

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There’s nothing like a bit of unexpected truth to get people upset. Christine Lagarde said this: [W]hile this might come as a surprise to Greeks suffering under extreme austerity, some say Lagarde’s approach to the eurozone is less draconian than the IMF’s traditional policy towards developing world economies. Is it easier to impose harsh demands […]

The brown Council: EU member states refuse environmental reforms

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Yesterday, the EU Council on Fisheries showed no urge to push for an environmentally sustainable fisheries policy (cf. my life blogging). Today, the EU Council on Agriculture showed no interest in greening the Union’s agriculture. I’m not what one might call a radical environmentalist. In fact, I have more hope in citizens changing their behaviour […]

The European Union mid-term priorities at the United Nations

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The EU Council just published “The European Union mid-term priorities at the United Nations” (Update: slightly revised version) for “public diplomacy use”. I suppose that this means that there is a second document “for secret diplomacy use”. And indeed, reading through the “priorities” looks like a long shopping list of diplomatic blabla – whether it’s […]

EU, Africa and China in the 2000s: Bilateral relations and trilateral failure

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By accident, I’ve come across a very fascinating academic journal article on EU-Africa relations and the role China played in this relationship in the first decade of the 21st century. “The European Union and China’s rise in Africa: Competing visions, external coherence and trilateral cooperation” by Maurizio Carbone, published in April of 2011 in a […]

EU-Israel relations: Everything is economic

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The EU should focus more on its relations with the private sector in Israel, and forget to a certain extent the politics, in order to strengthen its position as an influential external actor – argues  Shelly Gottfried.* The EU’s economic strength and active involvement in national and regional processes is a well-known fact; however, it […]

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 […]

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 […]

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