09. December 2011

Durban and the normative EU power

by Zuzana Novakova

Zuzana Novakova NEWUnlike the Copenhagen conference in 2009, the ongoing UN Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa, is passing without much media or public attention. However, there is quite a lot in the game, particularly as the Kyoto protocol, the only international agreement defining emission reductions and the cornerstone of climate negotiations, expires in 2012. Replacing the mandatory provisions, to which most developed countries committed themselves in Kyoto, seems a game with unclear end results.

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05. December 2011

Dear Triple A’s: Start Thinking Twice

by Thomas Baumgartner

23-thomas-baumgartner“Pressure pushing down on me“

Pressing down on you no man ask for
Under pressure – that burns a building down”

When Queen and David Bowie released their number 1 hit “Under Pressure” in 1981, they didn’t know how applicable their opening lines would be for the state of the EU thirty years later. There is no doubt that the roof of the European building is already – or better: for months now – on fire. The question rather seems to be if it will burn down completely, or if the European fire brigade will be capable of controlling and forcing it back at the next European Council meeting taking place on Thursday and Friday this week.

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28. November 2011

Spain: the two major parties must work together to restore confidence in politics

by Laura Virué Escalera

Laura VirueSpanish parliamentary elections were held while Europe watched closely at how the Spanish debt was surpassing the levels where other eurozone governments turned to their neighbours for a bailout. On November 20th, Mariano Rajoy’s conservative Popular Party won by a large margin; a victory that was predicted both within and outside Spain.

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28. November 2011

Is Slovakia learning to become European?

by Veronika Sobolova

veronika-sobolova-modifieedIt was suspenseful and unpredictable. Politicians in all European capitals and media from around the world were watching the voting of the parliament in one of the smallest countries of the eurozone. Slovakia was the last of 17 eurozone countries to approve the European Financial Stability Facility. The debate in Slovakia was different; it was not just about the necessity of approving the bail-out fund, but the Slovak Prime Minister Ms Iveta Radicova coupled the vote on the bail-out fund with a vote of confidence in the government. There was a lot in this game.

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15. November 2011

Merkel’s short-term rhetoric

by Christoph Janosch Delcker

janosch-delcker2The euro crisis has infiltrated every aspect of the political life of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. Indeed, as Merkel herself noted, even the Pope wanted to talk with her about the economic situation in Europe when the two met on 22 September.

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