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Upon reading Robert Kagan’s commentary in the International Herald Tribune today (”Sliding toward irrelevance“), it’s tempting to quote the old adage that the people in democracies get the governments that they deserve. Mr. Kagan, author of the well-argued book “Of Paradise and Power” in 2003, argues that petty nationalism and navel-gazing are undermining Europe’s chance… » read more

Peter H. Schuck: Americans’ belief in the value of diversity is complicated by a recent study. Is law the answer? Perhaps, but only to a limited extent. The US government must find ways to encourage interaction and exchange, thereby generating social capital, rather than mandating forced diversity. Original post by Atlantic Community

Heinrich Bonnenberg: To Russia, its current western border is a border that stands for loss and dishonor. This border is an open, bleeding wound on the Russian body. The security pact that the Russian president recently presented in Berlin could be helpful in overcoming historical grievances and bringing Western Europe and Russia closer together. Original… » read more

Year 2008 has showed the chaotic stage of international Kosovo administration. Local administration has been in same situation already earlier due parallel institutions, corruption, ethnic tensions, tribe dynasties etc. When Albanian majority declared Independence Feb. 2008 the idea was to transfer international administration from UN to EU. However the only internationally accepted resolution 1244 –… » read more

Ethan Christian Arrow: The rapid growth of India and China is reshaping the present international order. Representatives of these nations elucidate their intention to replicate the West’s wealth without replacing its established international order. Following such a path, without first securing democratic freedoms and institutions, will however, prove problematic. Original post by Atlantic Community

Hello everyone, my name is Chiara,i’m 18 and i’m italian. i would suggest to all the webmasters of the european portals to send e-mails with informations about the European Parliament,about the international camps,about the information which is SO POOR!! I discovered this site casually,and i think it’s soo bad.You should send an e-mail in every… » read more

Markus Kaim: Climate change is causing a growth of possibilities for the use of the Arctic. Canada’s Arctic policy, dominated by claims to sovereignty and territory, conflicts with that of its direct competitors in the region (Denmark, Canada, USA, Russia, and Norway) and is at odds with German and European efforts to support multilateralism and… » read more

This summer EC is looking to get more ideas on regulation ICT & others: 1. The Commission has opened a consultation by 31 Juy 2008 on Age verification. Cross media rating and classification. Online social networking The purpose of the public consultation is to gather the knowledge and views of all relevant stakeholders (including public… » read more

Ryan R. Miller: The belief Russia will help the West ease tensions with Iran is wishful thinking. A compliant Iran would be Gazprom’s biggest competitor. Washington should offer the Mullahs EU energy markets in exchange for concessions on the nuclear issue and thus reduce European dependence on Russian energy. Original post by Atlantic Community

At the NATO meeting in Bucharest, the USA has failed to reach a consensus on Ukrainian membership. Still, the Bucharest Declaration makes Ukrainian membership a long-term NATO objective. Ukraine is deeply divided on its future relation with NATO, as recent demonstrations in Kiev witness. Russia strongly rejects the country’s NATO Membership; it feels that it… » read more

Bruno Comby, the founder of Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy, propagates a radically pro-nuclear approach: There is no major problem with nuclar power: It is clean, it takes very little things from the earth; it is safe, because a lot of money and attention is paid to safety; it is reliable, because it can provide the… » read more

In the latest issue of EDRi-gram 6.12 – we are discussing about open standards & support from EU Commissioner, an Italian blog blocked by Police and the deal between the French state & ISPs in blocking websites. EU Competition Commissioner backs open standards in eGovernment France obtained ISPs support in blocking illegal sites UK MPs… » read more

Nouriel Roubini: The Financial Times recently interviewed economist Nouriel Roubini regarding the current US housing market problem and the potential for an extended US recession. Roubini addresses the outlook of the US economy, mortgages, potential policy action—The Frank-Dodd bill, Fed policy, and the outlook of financial markets. Original post by Atlantic Community

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