The Bear's Lair

Cet essai a été contribué par Jan Weisensee. Les idées qu’il avance sont les siennes. L’Union européenne est un « acteur fragmenté » non seulement par son système institutionnel et le grand nombre de décideurs possédant d’un droit de véto, mais aussi par les intérêts de ceux-ci, parfois extrêmement divergents. Cette fragmentation est souvent la… » read more

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(The following post was contributed by Marie Français. Marie writes at http://en.generation112.eu) On Tuesday April 26th, in a letter addressed to the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi called for a discussion on “the possibility of restoring temporary control at internal borders in the event of exceptional difficulties… » read more

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Despite soaring prices and concerns among many investors, China is not facing a housing bubble. At least not according to a new report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Rather, owing to future growth in China’s urban population and their income, demand for housing looks set to remain strong. This demand will have global implications,… » read more

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A world that is evolving from one where strength is measured predominantly in military terms to a world in which different kinds of power and threats co-exist, helps to identify opportunities for transatlantic cooperation and constitutes an imperative for action in cyber security, writes Amanda Sellers and Tobias Felix Franke. “The past 65 years have… » read more

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The EU keeps two battle groups on standby for six months at a time, and has done since January 2007. However, having been on standby for more than four years, the battle groups have the air of a solution looking for a problem. The EU is often criticized for lacking a “hard” side to its… » read more

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The following post was contributed by Malthe Mikkel Munkøe. The sovereign debt crises in Greece and Ireland and the mounting economic trouble facing Portugal, Spain and Italy, have long been a cause for alarm in European capitals. Many fear that one or several of the so-called PIIGS countries may be forced to leave the euro,… » read more

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The following post was contributed by Mario Giuseppe Varrenti. Mario holds an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe. Mario will soon take up a traineeship post in DG DEVCO, electoral assistance in the European Commission. More than two months since the second round of elections in Cote d’Ivoire, the… » read more

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Asian, European, or both? Kazakhstan can be safely called a true Eurasian country. A founding member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation who plays football in the UEFA European Championships. Its president Nursultan Nazarbayev likes to say that Kazakhstan is regaining its former Silk Road function as a bridge between the two continents and has planned… » read more

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