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България, Балканите и света

A Very Greek Brexit? (project-syndicate)

България, балканите и света 18.02.2019   By George Papaconstantinou   Unlike the United Kingdom, Greece is one of the European Union’s smaller economies, notorious for its weak institutions and economy, and a net recipient of EU funds. And yet the Grexit near-exit from the EU in 2015 offers important lessons for the final stage of Brexit negotiations. ATHENS – As the Brexit train lurches forward with no clear direction, it is useful to look back at another dramatic episode in European Union politics for...   прочети повече

France and Germany Must Change the Game (project-syndicate)

България, балканите и света 17.02.2019   By André Loesekrug-Pietri   After years of France and Germany marching to different drummers, the two countries have finally come together to renew their post-war partnership. But now, they must go much further, by developing a new innovation, security, and governance strategy to bring the European economy into the twenty-first century. PARIS – Late last month, 56 years after French President Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signed the...   прочети повече

Geopolitics of Europe and the Iron Law of Evolutionary Biology (Europe after the Brexit, NATO 70 summit and Turkish geopolitical vertigo)

България, балканите и света 30.01.2019   By Anis H. Bajrektarevic   A freshly released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU: The WTO Round is dead, trade wars are alive, GCC is rapidly Pakistanising while the Asia’s core and its Far East slows down. No comfort either comes from the newest Oxfam Report - Are 26 billionaires worth more than half the planet?, which the ongoing Davos Vanity Fair known as the WEF tries to ignore (as much...   прочети повече

How Europe’s Populists Can Win by Losing (project-syndicate)

България, балканите и света 29.01.2019   By Mark Leonard   The European Parliament elections this May have been described as a make-or-break moment for the future of the European project – and for good reason. With plans to form a populist united front, Euroskeptic parties need only capture one-third of parliamentary seats to bring EU governance to a crawl. BERLIN – Will the European Parliament elections this May result in a political revolution? Populist and nationalist parties certainly hope so....   прочети повече

The Demise of Western Illusions in Syria (project-syndicate)

България, балканите и света 27.01.2019   By Javier Solana   In the absence of viable alternatives, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will necessarily have a role to play in the country's immediate future, despite his brutal crimes. The West must therefore acknowledge reality, abandon its objective of regime change, and commit to serious negotiations. MADRID – In March 2018, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had himself filmed as he drove his car through the rubble-filled streets of Eastern Ghouta,...   прочети повече

Europe’s Future Is Up to Us (project-syndicate)

България, балканите и света 13.01.2019   By Kenneth Rogoff   Over the course of this year and next, the biggest economic risks will emerge in those areas where investors think recent patterns are unlikely to change. They will include a growth recession in China, a rise in global long-term real interest rates, and a crescendo of populist economic policies. CAMBRIDGE – As Mark Twain never said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you think you know...   прочети повече

The Year of Trump? (project-syndicate)

България, балканите и света 12.01.2019   By Joseph S. Nye   If Trump’s iconoclastic style was merely a breach of traditional presidential etiquette, one might argue that his critics were being too fastidious, or were trapped in old-fashioned views of diplomacy. But crudeness can have consequences. BEIJING – Time magazine did not choose Donald Trump as its Person of the Year in 2018, but it may do so this year. Trump ended last year facing criticism for announcing troop withdrawals from Syria...   прочети повече

Europe’s Future Is Up to Us (project-syndicate)

България, балканите и света 10.01.2019   By Michel Barnier   As 2019 begins, many in the Europe Union are no doubt feeling a sense of despair in the face of mounting environmental, economic, and political threats. But by focusing on four key priorities in the coming year, EU leaders could start to put the European project back on track. BRUSSELS – Not far from my Brussels office, there is a large fresco with the inscription, “The Future Is Europe.” Once a deeply held truth among most Europeans,...   прочети повече

Twinning Europe and Asia in Cyberspace (the EU Legislation and its transformative power)

България, балканите и света 05.01.2019   By Prof. Melda Kamil Ariadno, Prof. Anis H Bajrektarevic   While our troposphere is dangerously polluted, one other space – that of intangible world, created by the interconnected technology – follows the same pattern: a cyberspace. Additionally, our cyberspace becomes increasingly brutalised by its rapid monetisation and weaponisation. It mainly occurs through privacy erosion. How to protect effectively individuals and their fundamental human rights, and how to...   прочети повече

Decision Time for Europe (project-syndicate)

България, балканите и света 04.01.2019   By Carl Bildt   After muddling through a series of profound crises over the past decade, the EU now finds itself confronted with a political meltdown in Britain, a potential trade war with the US, and mounting security threats on its periphery. To address these and other challenges, Europe will have to make decisions it would rather continue to postpone. STOCKHOLM – Say what you will against the European Union, but it does not lack ambitions or plans for realizing...   прочети повече