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Kosmolinks #10

Here we go again! A (small) selection of interesting links I collected during the last few weeks:

Two articles that remind us of the last couple of years in US politics: Think Progress » The legacy of Bush’s presidency & Iraq: The War Card – The Center for Public Integrity

Here is an interesting article on The Unravelling of Russia’s Europe Policy

Brendan Donnelly writes on the Social Europe Blog about The Reform Treaty and its Impact on the EU Institutions

ECAS blog asks: Why are there transitional arrangements for Romanian and Bulgarian workers?

The Centre for European Reform analyses Poland’s bold new foreign policy

And last but not least, two research papers: The role of UK academics as security
‘experts’ for news media
and Leading think tanks in the world (.pdf)

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Kosmolinks #8

Marko Bucik looks at Sarkozy’s wise men group that was transformed into a reflection group.

The signing of the Charter of Fundamental Rights caused some turmoil in the European Parliament.

This is the Treaty of Lisbon. And here is a useful collection of papers and studies dealing with the new treaty.

ISN Security Watch reports about a surprise court decision that the UN does not have legal immunity regarding the Srebrenica massacre.

A new partnership between the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): “A counter-weight to what Russian politicians describe as the NATO-centric model of the world” ?

And Public Policy Watch writes about: Moldovan Democracy: How Amazing Is It?; the second part deals with the amazing Christmas tree story… On this note: Europe’s tallest Christmas tree can be found in Bucharest!

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Kosmolinks #7

Some more commentary on the new Reform /Lisbon Treaty: “Here is what changes!”

A new Euro referendum is coming up: Denmark is to hold new euro vote

Educating Russia looks at the education reform in Russia: A new history book for example claims: “We see that practically every significant deed is connected with the name and activity of President V.V. Putin”

An interesting article about the civil society development in South Eastern Europe by Risto Karajkov : NGOs in the Balkans: Too Much of a Good Thing?

The debate about the reform of the European Commission continues: In defence of national interests

And now to something completely different: Jimi Hendrix: Live at Monterey!

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Kosmolinks #6

As expected, the recently held elections in Kosovo did not solve anything and Dec.10 is coming closer. At the same time, we are witnessing the last attempts of the international community to get its act together. At least the EU should speak with one voice! Whatever the outcome, a good overview about Kosovo’s contested future can be found on openDemocracy.

Normally, I do not post software links in this blog but this is an exception. I came across the Firefox extension Zotero – The Next-Generation Research Tool. Looks quite useful, has anyone tried to work with it? How are your experiences with this research tool? I would be very interested…please feel free to post a comment ;-)

Apparently, Commissioner Reding is planning to make DRM interoperable. Indeed a great idea! Let’s hope she can resist the intense lobbying that has probably already started…

Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to read this interesting paper, but it is definitely an interesting topic: “The Capacity of Central and East European Interest Groups to Participate in EU Governance”

These days there is a lot of talk in Russia about the idea of establishing a sort of ‘National Leader’. But we might need to wait until the results of the Duma elections are known to see what Putin plans to do… Talking about the upcoming Duma elections, Global Voices reports that the Russian blogosphere is debating whether To Vote, or Not to Vote? Moreover, Duma elections will be held without OSCE election observers.

And Joseph S. Nye tries to convince us about the Soft Power of the United Nations.

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Richard Corbett (MEP) complains about the depressing state of the press in the UK when it comes to EU topics.

Last week we heard two supposedly important EU speeches by Nicolas Sarkozy and David Miliband. Both speeches were rather uninspired and aimed at a home constituency in my opinion. The only interesting fact was that, before David Miliband said ‘no’ to a European superpower, apparently he had to water down his speech.

The anticipated unilateral declaration of independence in Kosovo is coming closer, so is it the beginning of the end for the Kosovo question? asks WSI Brussels Blog.

What are the consequences of the OSCE decision not to monitor the upcoming Russian parliamentary elections? – Crooked Timber – Russian election watch.

I recently discovered “The List Archive of Foreign Policy”! Check it out if you want to know who are the ‘Most Eligible World Leaders‘ or the longest serving ‘Presidents for Life.

Somehow that brings us to the best conspiracy theories, a very amusing overview at bookforum.com.

And last but not least: The Berlaymonster reports about EU plans to harmonise conference organisation. Definitely, a milestone! ;-)

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Kosmolinks #4

Italy and immigration – Disharmony and tension – “The recent hysteria over Romanian immigrants says much about Italy and the fragile state of its politics” says The Economist.

Back to the people at TOL Romania It would all be about Nov 25 in Romanian politics if the “Italian hysteria” had not been dominating the political debate in Romania. Anyway, elections for the European Parliament as well as a much debated referendum will be held on the same day – but apparently in different polling stations.

Belgium crisis: Does the tradition of compromise losing its force in Belgium asks the International Herald Tribune. Is it time to say Bye bye Belgium? (which by the way is a nice article, but the author forgets to mention the fact that the “BHV problem” also goes back to a ruling of the constitutional court…)

Colorado Springs and the Politics of Conformity | TPMCafe The phenomenon of political “group-think” and how it relates to the Internet. Is it the same in the “Euroblogosphere”?

Sarkozy and the EU – His image as a reformer is only an image and that is why Europe should be wary of France’s reformist president.

The surprise of vice-chancellor Müntefering’s resignation in Germany: Merkel loses ‘Mr. Grand Coalition’ Is that the beginning of the end of Merkel’s coalition government?

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Kosmolinks #3

Russia’s past – The rewriting of history | Economist.com Regular readers of this blog might remember my blog post with almost the same title and similar content (I wonder if the Economist journalists read blogs for inspiration? ;-) )

Guardian Abroad: Slow seduction in Belgium After all, living as an xpat in Brussels is apparently not that bad… I am still not at that point though!

Balkan nations put cultural stars on a pedestal What does it mean to erect statues of Rocky Balboa, Bruce Lee and Tarzan?

New scenarios to keep Putin in power: de facto “National Leader” or back in the Kremlin?

Is Russia Becoming Our Enemy Again? A debate about a “new cold war”, also as a mp3 file!

And: good news for Eastern Europe: Big bang enlargement for Schengen zone agreed

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Kosmolinks #2

CER: Sarkonomics – a user’s guide
Sarkozy an economic liberal? well…not exactly!

Gulf Stream Blues: Sarko Fever: Catch It!
Different perceptions about Sarkozy’s visit to the US.

Is that the beginning of the end of Belgium as we know it? Belgian crisis deepens after collapse of coalition talks; or more drastically – Belgian Crisis: The Country May Have Died Today, wheras ‘European Democracy’ thinks that the crisis is ” part of the political game

European Council on Foreign Relations | A ‘Power Audit’ of EU 27-Russia relations
“EU member states tend to ‘Europeanise’ their disputes with Russia while they bilateralise their ‘sweet deals.” – New publication of the new think tank.

Unintended Consequences | afoe
Is the ITS group in the European Parliament history?

Charlemagne | Post-enlargement stress | Economist.com
What about further EU enlargement?

ISN Security Watch – Spinning the Kremlin
Some interesting insights about “rebranding Russia”.

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