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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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Georgian prison scandal draws pre-election criticism from Russia

GPF Europe: Georgian prison scandal draws pre-election criticism from Russia http://ow.ly/2slM7T

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The euro crisis should not mean the end of enlargement

European Union

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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Key EU countries call for radical overhaul of foreign and defence policy

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Guido Westerwelle at a meeting with Carl Bildt, at the foreign ministry in Stockholm, Sweden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Friends Of Europe, September 20, 2012

Five of the six biggest countries in the EU, excluding Britain, have called for an overhaul of European foreign and defense policy in a bid to make the EU a bigger global player.

The “Future of Europe Group”, led by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, has compiled over the past nine months a 12 page document of policy recommendations concerning the future of Europe… (more) http://ow.ly/2shu79

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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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The future of Europe: It’s getting serious

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Graphic “When Greece falls” presented by Dutch government on 21 June 2011, speaking of European sovereign debt crisis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Ulrike GuérotEuropean Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), September 19, 2012:

The third year of the euro crisis might be the most important one yet – and with Germany heading for elections next September things are getting serious. In year one of the crisis (2010), Germany was lost and without a strategy, lurching through the events more than being in control. In year two of the crisis (2011) we observed a subtle U-turn und more decisive actions to safe the euro. But the German strategy was not the ‘big bazooka’, but a step-by-step pragmatic approach which certainly disappointed the Anglo-Saxon world. The strategy may be incomplete and flawed especially with respect to the pro-cyclical and painful effects of austerity policy in the South: but it is also true that we see the first signs of success… (more) http://ow.ly/1mwJBn

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Public feeling in Ukraine ahead of the parliamentary election

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(Green) Ukraine. (Grey) Europe. (Light-grey) The surrounding region.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tadeusz IwanskiCentre for Eatern Studies (OSW), September 19, 2012

After two and a half years under President Viktor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions, the overwhelming majority of Ukrainians are dissatisfied with the state the country’s economy is currently in and the direction it has been developing in. There has also been a significant drop in stability and social security with the general public increasingly feeling that the government has little interest in their problems… (more) http://ow.ly/1mwtEa

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