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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.

Like most oil and gas producing countries Iran has been spoiling its citizens by ridiculously low prices for gasoline, fuel, gas and electricity, at a hefty charge for the national budget. The subsidies, including those for food, telephone and transport services, cost the government almost € 70 billion annually. Read also: Sanctions Are A Toothless… » read more

North Korea has recently announced that the country’s recovering leader Kim Jong-Il, is willing to come back to the negotiating table, provided the six-party talks (Russia, China, USA, Japan, North and South Korea) are complemented by direct talks between North Korea and the US. So, what determined Kim Jong-Il to soften his stance ? The… » read more

Since this is the only English-language blog/news service focused on Montenegro and its politics, we decided to launch new project, called “Montenegro Open”. Since young Montenegrin state still has a lot to learn about democracy and freedom, most of medias are controlled by the government and the ruling party. That’s one of the main reasons… » read more

No other country on earth wastes more energy than Russia. According to Russian estimates, the country could save about 40 percent of its energy consumption if its energy sector functioned according to Western standards. The losses due to poor heat isolation of buildings, outdated equipment in industry and power generation and transmission are colossal. It… » read more

We call on the European Union to reinforce the principal of non-regression in order to avoid the roadblocks that are holding back the development of a more Social Europe. Currently, when a member state has stricter social law than that passed by the European Union, it can choose to align with the new European standard.… » read more

What happened to Montenegro? The tiny country who declared independence in 2006. looked so bright and progressive. It was called „Balkan tiger“ by many local analysts and politicans. Now, its struggling with problems. And this may be just the begining. The current political leadership (transferred from Communist Party into Democratic Pary of Socialists) leads the… » read more

Extending the war in Irak will probably be regarded by pundits as the biggest foreign policy blunder the US has made in recent memory. Much as a consequence of it, the war in Afghanistan has been fought with less resolve, enabling Al-Qaida and the Talibans to regain their strength and challenge the Western forces present… » read more

The first alarming signals were sent from Davos. At the panel regarding the events in Gaza during the World Economic Forum in January this year, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan famously accused Israeli President Shimon Peres of “knowing well how to kill people” and –after being refused his “one minute” by the moderator David Ignatius-… » read more

Sweden is one of the innovation leaders in Europe and scores persistently high on relevant benchmarks such as the European Innovation Scoreboard. It is also a place that attracts talent form around the world and embraces diversity in all its forms. And Sweden, as we found out, at our recent briefing on the Swedish Presidency… » read more

If you want a flavour of the political challenges we face in dealing with global climate change, then take a look at European fisheries. It’s a disaster area! We should heed the warnings it sends. For year after year political expediency has triumphed over the evident need for drastic action to save a vital resource… » read more

The following interview was published ytesterday by EurActiv : US President Barack Obama has already taken substantial steps to improve the United States’ relations with its Western partners, seek dialogue with the Muslim world and address hotbeds of tension, Stanley Crossick, the founding chairman of European Policy Centre, told EurActiv in an interview. European Policy… » read more

The world is in a transition from industrial and information economy into conceptual economy. Value is in meaning, not in function. The resource of this economy are talents. They are empowered by information and communication technologies. The game is how to make use of all this talent. Businesses do open innovation, governments should do open… » read more

Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi – AKP), is undoubtedly the dominant political force in contemporary Turkey’s political scene. It has been so since 2002 when it first came to power and keeps strengthening its position steadily ever since. It is indicative to mention that in 2002 it managed to attract a 34.43%… » read more

Republic of Moldova feels Romanian (CC) Klearchos Kapoutsis As protests are widespread in Moldova after the elections, where the pragmatic, pro-EU Communist Party [sic!] won a comfortable majority, the question lingers again about Moldova identity. Despite the efforts of the elite in Europe’s poorest, former Soviet state, many Romanians claim a part of the country… » read more

Overall, Central and Eastern Europe is very strongly hit in the current economic crisis that had divided the European Union as well. In some countries, which are in a nation-building state, candidates have expressed unfaltering support for nationalistic parties. In the more established countries, such as the Czech Republic or Hungary, the political elite is… » read more

Years ago in a community development project in Ramallah, when it was still just a sleepy, recently-occupied West Bank town, one of my fellow volunteers, a devilish Turk named Ali, gave me language lessons. In Turkish body language, said Ali, you have the nodding of the head up and down for “yes,” the shaking […]

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