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Since the crisis this week-end, the split of Belgium received further credits and some in Wallonia are effectively elaborating on their future without Flanders. The wheel of fortune turns. Now, Flanders appears to be afraid… Read background on Belgian politics for dummies… and EU-afficionados According to a recent survey by Dedicated Research, Flanders is afraid… » read more

French President Nicolas Sarkozy believes that a reversion to a traditional CAP based on market manipulation and frontier protection would cost the EU budget less than the current direct subsidy based system, The President told French farm industry leaders on March 6 that in upcoming CAP reform negotiations France would be prepared to trade budget… » read more

Christmas Plots in Turkey

While Europeans partied this Christmas, on the Islamic side of the Bosphorus Turkish army personnel were busy undermining their country’s shaky democracy. According to The Economist, two Turkish Special Forces agents were arrested over a plot to assassinate deputy prime minister Bulet Arinc. For the first time in the country’s history, civilian authorities were able… » read more

Yesterday (5 december 2009), about five hundred persons met near Hungarian Parliament to remember failed referendum held on 5 december 2004 on dual citizenship. This meeting counted on the participation of MVSZ (Magyarok Világszövetség – World Federation of Hungarians) and Jobbik (Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom – Movement for a Better Hungary), politician party which has obtained… » read more

So the debate about the Euroblogosphere, or the Eurosphere, or the European Public Sphere, or web2eu, or the European online public space, of whatever-we-call-it-next-week, has sparked again into life, like a Frankensteinian monster with dodgy spark plugs screwed into the base of its neck. The latest incarnation is over on the blog of Joe Litobarski,… » read more

Sir, In response to Dr. Orlin Vushkov’s letter ‘Young people: Do not go back to Bulgaria‘: Young people, (Bulgarian or not), do come to Bulgaria and bring your wildest ideas and projects! Don’t forget to bring your stubbornness, your patience, your endless creativity and unwary flexibility, too! Dr. Vushkov: please do not doom your own… » read more

Muslim communities say the decision will spread deep concern and worry. The Swiss government and businesses are worried too – about whether this controversial but democratic ballot will provoke an international backlash. Alan Fisher, Al Jazeera English, “Swiss brace for minaret backlash” What if that backlash were to include a disinvestment or divestment wave among… » read more

The prime question is: why did Beijing choose to hold such a major event? The decision was only taken in late September. There were some 200 delegates and another 100 observers. The Chinese official line-up was impressive, including Li Keqiang, Li Junru, Dai Binguo, Zhang Zhijun and a separate meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao (see… » read more

More on your new President

Suddenly the illusive Belgian Prime Minister’s various books have taken on a new appeal and we’ve been down the library in an effort to learn more about our unelected new President, Herman Van Rompuy and what kind of thinking he will bring to Europ…

This year’s Progress Report on Turkey, released on the 14th of October, surely came at a critical juncture for Turkey. Over the last year, accession negotiations have been proceeding at a snail’s pace and run the risk of coming to a complete standstill unless there is some substantive progress on Cyprus. In addition, at the… » read more

It’s a question set to cause bitter disputes at pub table quizzes, given the variety of plausible answers. EU Leaders have chosen Herman Van Rompuy as the first permanent president of the European Council. So will he be the boss in Brussels? Well, the new foreign affairs position – handed to the UK’s Catherine Ashton… » read more

About a thousand supporters of the far-right Jobbik party have participated in a peaceful march on the 90th anniversary of Horthy’s takeover in Hungary. Hungary has no real historical anti-Nazi and anti-Communist hero. That gives a little credit to the old man who had successfully beaten a Soviet uprising 90 years ago. However, it would… » read more

“Bide time, conceal capabilities, but do some things. “China should adopt a low profile and never take the lead.” Deng Xiaoping’s famous foreign policy axioms were apparently modified, as result of China’s 11th Ambassadorial Conference in July 2009, but the new formulation is not yet known. Hu Jintao emphasized in his speech to the conference… » read more

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