Without any doubt, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel and her government have shaped the course of the never ending euro and sovereign debt crisis management to a very large extent.
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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has an active nuclear weapons program which is of great concern to the international community. It also has the capability to enrich uranium as well as the ability to produce plutonium suitable for nuclear weapons (weapons-grade plutonium). In parallel, Pyongyang has an advanced ballistic missile program in terms of short and medium range missiles and, more recently, is trying to develop a long-range and three-stage ballistic missile.
La vittoria di Vladimir Putin, al primo turno come voluto dal Cremlino, è stata conseguita sotto il segno della “stabilità” promessa ai russi, ma anche al resto del mondo. Resta, però, da capire se il leader russo – tornato alla presidenza per altri 6 anni, dopo otto da presidente e quattro da premier – potrà e vorrà garantire la continuità della sua politica.
Countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEECs) displayed in recent years sustained growth rates that brought about a gradual process of convergence with the rest of the EU, albeit at a different rate and to different extents. The international financial and economic crisis has uncovered some of the weaknesses of these economies, slowing down or stopping the economic growth of some CEECs, but overall this group of countries has clearly shown to be able now to cope even with severe external shocks.
What previous EU voting at the UN teaches us about the forthcoming Palestinian bid?
Beyond the immediate crises, centring on the inability of countries such as Greece, Ireland and Portugal to finance their public debt without EU/IMF support, at the heart of the Euro crisis lies the increasing divergence in economic performance between the core and the periphery, aggravated by current austerity programmes, especially in those countries with long-standing structural reform deficits. For example, the Commission’s Spring Forecast shows that the worst growth performance forecast in 2011 and 2012 is for Greece and Portugal(1).
Turkey was once the perennial candidate for EU membership but now that the membership talks are all but blocked it is pursuing a multivector policy, engaging with neighbours in the Middle East, Caucasus and the Balkans. Relations with nearly all neighbours, with the notable exceptions of Armenia and Cyprus, are thriving cemented by trade and investment links, people-to-people con-tacts, tourist flows, and not least the success of Turkish popular culture.
Encouraged by a somehow successful youth uprising in Tunisia, Egypt’s youth – free of any political or religious influence – organized online for the “day of anger” using the virtual social network Facebook. It is what came rapidly to materialize into a “Youth Revolution” taking place on January 25, not only in Cairo but also in another 11 main governorates out of the country’s 29. Demonstrations initially raised the slogan of “Freedom, Dignity, Humanity” and were greatly admired and joined by various opposition currents.
Not only the transatlantic allies that are awaiting the upcoming release of NATO’s 2010 new strategic concept, but also do many of the alliance’s partners especially in the Middle East and the Gulf. The wide array of eminent security threats, predominantly emanating from inside the region, and the evident convergence in threat perception between NATO and its Arab partners renders it increasingly important for the alliance to revise and reinvigorate its multilateral and bilateral security relations in the area.
Political leaders from poor, emerging and rich countries will meet in Copenhagen from 7 to 18 December to face a truly global challenge: climate change.
The main expected goals of the summit are the identification of binding targets for the post-Kyoto period (from 2013 onwards) and the inclusion of reluctant and/or emerging countries in fighting climate change. Despite the urgency of this fight and the alarms from the scientific community, negotiations for such ambitious goals are anything but easy and, as a consequence, the outcome of the summit is still a conundrum.