Search Results for "European" : 111

by / on October 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm / in Opinion, World

The State of the (European) Union

…hat the idea of a Franco-German war is beyond incredulity. Democracy from Portugal to Poland; a common market; a European Parliament – all of these seem so natural. If recognizing a common heritage among European nations and striving to put this common heritage of warfare and competition behind us is to be a Europhile, a Europhile I must be. As a French citizen, taking the train to Berlin so casually and carelessly is something that my gran…

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by / on November 6, 2012 at 12:18 am / in Europe, Uncategorized, World

The Christian Right Angle

…which is founded on Christianity, on the identities, including ethnic identities, and if you must the colour of European peoples and on the secular and democratic traditions that grew out of our Christianity and our way of doing things, a choice between that and becoming an Islamic caliphate. There’s no question about it, the government figures show it.” For Griffin, Christianity forms the bedrock of European culture. His repeated mention of Chr…

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by / on September 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: The European Crisis in its Political Context

…On Friday, September 28, Columbia University’s Center on Global Economic Governance (CGEG) and its East Central European Center hosted two foreign ministers to discuss the economic crisis that has recently plagued the eurozone. However, the bulk of the event centered on a discourse about the European Union as an institution, something both speakers seemed keen to discuss. The speakers were Foreign Minister Karl Schwarzenberg, of the Czech Republ…

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by / on October 13, 2012 at 11:59 am / in Opinion, World

Under Pressure

…simple. If no conditions are placed on the bailouts, it would create a case of widespread moral hazard. Southern European countries would be under the impression that Germany would always be ready to bail them out, having no incentive to reform their economies. The Germans understandably need assurance that the European periphery is ready to slash their unsustainable levels of debt and move towards reforming their uncompetitive and stagnant econo…

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by / on February 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm / in Opinion, World

Lessons From Mali

…tion: the position of “High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security” was supposed to embody European foreign policy. Catherine Ashton, the first person to hold this position has however inherited a difficult position. Uniting the foreign policies of 27 member states has proved a rather difficult enterprise. The European Union may officially adhere to the doctrine of an  “Ever closer Union” but its nation-states remain ever se…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 4:06 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Behind the Burqa Bans

…d a problem for Britain. To be sure, the racial makeup of these countries is changing quickly. The population of European Muslims will increase by about 35 percent by 2030, a demographic shift that will alter the makeup and feel of Europe as we know it. Given that the “native” European populations have declining birthrates, the Europe of tomorrow will not be the predominately white Christian Europe of yesteryear. Britain, due to its colonial past…

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by / on February 15, 2012 at 11:05 am / in Opinion, World

Time for Europe to ACTA

…cation and enforcement of the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Having already been signed by both the European Union and an overwhelming majority of its member states, the document would establish a supranational organization, much like the European Union itself (though of a decidedly larger global scale), dedicated to the enforcement of its tenets. While Europeans are understandably upset about the ramifications of such a treaty on th…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 3:54 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

Turkey Gets Engaged

…frenzied Turkey by transforming the former Ottoman empire into a modern, secular state modeled after the Western European powers, has been the defining ideology in Turkey every since. Turkish emulation of European countries spurred the removal of religion from government processes and ultimately led to the strict removal of religion from the public sphere (especially in the education system), in an effort to copy laïcité, the French model of secu…

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 10:58 am / in Europe, Winter 2013, World

The Nerd Who Came In From The Cold

…spised figure of George W. Bush. Instead, it was Barack Obama who put an end to the masquerade — the man on whom Europeans bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize simply because he was not the cowboy from Crawford (to be fair, Americans gave him the presidency for much the same reason). Barack Obama, who had been hailed by cheering crowds in the streets of European capitals and who had promised a more humble foreign policy; Barack Obama, commander-in-chie…

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by / on December 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm / in Uncategorized

Political Minutes: Power Dynamics in the UN

…rian Affairs Program at SIPA, served as moderator. Though the discussion’s main focus was on the function of the European Union in the UN, it encompassed many other aspects of the decision-making processes within the UN. Ambassador Emiliou of Cyprus began the discussion, recalling the Treaty of Lisbon, which promoted the establishment of a common foreign policy among the nations of the European Union. Emiliou emphasized the idea that although the…

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