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Deciphering Europe
The European political arena is becoming increasingly opaque. Not only because of the complicated institutional connections in the Lisbon Treaty but also because the main players give us the impression that they cannot see clearly either! The barricade against the so-called...
China, Europe and the Nobel Prize
China is just discovering that power is not just about growth rates. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who was taking part in the Europe-Asia summit refused, and quite arrogantly at that, any discussion with regard to the forced rate of the Yuan, a true artifice which swells his country's...
20 years of German Unity - a success
On 3rd October 1990 - 20 years ago - the treaty that reunited the two Germanies entered into force. German unity will go down in history as an extraordinary moment in the human story that we can estimate better with hindsight. No one really could have imagined it was to be achieved peacefully. It...
The Far Right in Europe
The far right has made its debut in the Swedish parliament with 20 MPs and 5.7% of the vote. And so most European countries now face the forceful advance of this political trend. The European elections of 2009 witnessed it achieve scores higher than 5% in Member States and 38 of its MPs...