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Surely countries can learn from each-other. Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish columnist and author, illustrates this with the Kurdish issue in Turkey (INYT, July 24). During the civil war in the 90-ies between the Turkish state and the Kurdish PKK, thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. In the past Turkey faced a… » read more

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EU as a Global Actor

In his speech on 15 July to the European Parliament, the new president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, outlined the political guidelines for the Commission, under “A new start for Europe: Agenda for jobs, growth, fairness and democratic change”. His agenda is summarized in 10 policy areas. One of them is “9. A stronger… » read more

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Shortcomings at EEAS

The recent special audit report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) on the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) is revealing reading. The report lists several shortcomings in the preparation, planning, organization and staffing of the EEAS. It’s worth reading for two reasons. First, it’s a good example of an external performance… » read more

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In a recent op-ed (2 July), Friends of the European Commission – which is made up of former EU officials and private sector representatives – is proposing a number of ideas on how to improve the efficiency of the Commission in order to better meet the expectations of member states and citizens. See http://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/ex-commission-officials-reshape-eu-executive-303217 Overall,… » read more

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Britain’s iron fist

Re:”Britain’s not-so-iron fist” (Letter, INYT, June 25): Jay Stonehill claims that Britain, contrary to France, ruled its colonies in the Mid-East with silk gloves and preferred to allow local leaders to stay in place as long as they followed British dictates. This is not accurate. When Britain suppressed the Arab revolt in 1936 – 1939… » read more

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A recent interview in EurActive with Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle on the credibility of the enlargement process has caused a minor row with Bulgaria and Romania. The two countries were singled out because of the so-called cooperation and verification mechanism which was put into place when they became EU members in 2007. What about other… » read more

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The Munich analogy

In his article on the lessons learned from Sarajevo 1914 and Munich 1938 (January 7, FT), Gideon Rachman limits the “Munich analogy” to the appeasement policy in 1938 and the notorious Munich agreement when Czechoslovakia was sacrificed by the allied powers. In fact, appeasement and defeatism continued and contributed to Nazi-Germany’s victories in the beginning… » read more

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Regarding “The EUs weak link must hold” (INYT, January 9) by Mr Nikos Konstandaras, editor of the Greek newspaper Kathimerini: While I share his hopes for a successful Greek EU presidency, in a difficult economic and social situation, I must react against his description of Greece’s role in EU. When Greece held the EU presidency… » read more

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In his article “Kerry’s Mideast ‘failure’ was a success” (10 – 11 May, INYT), Mr. Shmuel Rosner makes a success of the failed peace talks. According to Rosner it cannot be a failure if the Israeli and Palestinians had other goals than reaching a peace deal. That’s a very strange way of looking at the… » read more

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