Category Archives: European Union

Brookings: David Cameron’s European Spa

Brookings: David Cameron’s European Spaghetti Bowl – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s “Europe” speech, delivered on January 23, was powerful, polished, contained a bold vision, and offered good arguments. In particular, he got three things right. But translating those arguments into institutional reality will be a nearly impossible challenge. First, Cameron is correct to emphasize the urgent need for a renewal of popular support for the European Un… http://ow.ly/2uFRWZ

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The European Commission will scrutinise the German system of renewable energy subsidies

OSW: The European Commission will scrutinise the German system of renewable energy subsidies http://ow.ly/2uB9iX

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FriendsOfEurope: France in Mali: Now or Never for European Foreign and Security Policy

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Mali (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FriendsOfEurope: France in Mali: Now or Never for European Foreign and Security Policy http://ow.ly/2uyb8Q

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Opinion: Wrong Signals on Religious Rights in Germany

Jonathan LaurenceBrookings Institute, September 20, 2012

Opinion: The Cologne court’s decision to halt non-medical circumcisions

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Cathedral in Cologne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

earlier this summer marks a new low for religious freedom in 21st century Europe. It is the latest dip in a slippery slope that began with the condemnation of burkas and other forms of extremism but has landed squarely in the mainstream of religious practice… (more) http://ow.ly/2si1Th

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The euro crisis should not mean the end of enlargement

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European Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Dimitar Bechev, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), September 20, 2012

Wrecked by the euro crisis and a loss of the confidence that helped it expand to the current 27 members, the European Union might be expected to shrink rather than grow in the coming few years. Without an effective solution to the euro crisis, the odds are that states might exit the common currency, if not the EU as a whole, and further expansion seems a long way down the list of priorities.

However enlargement is far from over, with Croatia due to join next year and other countries in the Western Balkans still working towards accession. And although the challenges are considerable, further expansion is not just in these countries’ interests but in the interests of the EU itself… (more) http://ow.ly/2shR67

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Political and Strategic Implications of Europe’s Crisis (part 4)

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A map showing European membership of the EU and NATO. EU member only NATO member only Member of both  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Luis Simón and Julian Lindley-FrenchEuropean Geostrategy, September 19, 2012

Over the next few months the editors of European Geostrategy will undertake a number of interviews with various individuals who are involved in thinking about European foreign, security and military policies. In this fourth interview in the series, Luis Simón discusses the political and strategic implications of Europe’s crisis with Julian Lindley-French, the Eisenhower Professor of Defence Strategy at the Netherlands Defence Academy and author of a popular blog on European military affairs… (more) http://ow.ly/2sgU9g

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Britain Risks a Lost Decade Unless it Changes Course

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Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University,Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by E.T. Studhalter 

Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Belfer Center, September 19, 2012

(Op-Ed, Financial Times)

It is the mark of science and perhaps rational thought to operate with a falsifiable understanding of how the world works. So it is fair to ask economists a fundamental question: what could happen that would cause you to revise your views of how the economy operates and acknowledge that the model you had been using was flawed? As a vigorous advocate of fiscal expansion as an appropriate response to a major economic slump in an economy with zero or near-zero interest rates, I have for the past several years suggested that if the British economy – with its major attempts at fiscal consolidation – were to enjoy a rapid recovery, it would force me to substantially revise my views about fiscal policy and the macroeconomy… (more) http://ow.ly/2sgNO5

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