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Durban: One climate, one goal?

Guest post by Roeland SCHOLTALBERS, Media & Communication Officer at the international alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE. There is much at stake as the international community gathers in Durban, South Africa, for the yearly UN summit on climate change (28/11/11 – 09/12/11). The Kyoto protocol, the only binding international agreement on emission reductions, expires… » read more

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Guest Post by Joan-Marc SIMON, Analyst and Blogger on EU Affairs. Unless the macroeconomic diet imposed to southern countries it is complemented with fiscal transfers, it will asphyxiate economic recovery which in turn is going to break-up the already unstable countries. A new European Convention is necessary to build the new European fiscal Union. As… » read more

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Guest post by Giuseppe LENZO, MA International Relations (Europe) awarded with Distinction – School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University (UK) After a long ‘reign’ lasted about seventeen years (he was elected Prime Minister the first time in 1994) Berlusconi finally resigned. He took the decision to step down after the loss of majority… » read more

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Guest post by Kaj Embrén, Sustainable Development export and blogger, Stockholm, Sweden.   I don’t know about you, but I have tried to find out exactly what is in the bailout package offered to Greece by the European partners, but I could not find much. Banks are mentioned in all the newspapers articles, sometimes because… » read more

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Guest post by Geert BOURGEOIS, Vice-Minister-President of the Flemish Government ABSTRACT: In his speech at the opening ceremony of the 20th Global Forum , held on 7 November 2011 at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, Minister Geert Bourgeois, Vice-Minister-President of the Flemish Government stressed out the Citadel Statement, a pan-European declaration initiated by the Flemish… » read more

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Guest post by André SANTINI, Former French Minister, Member of Parliament and Mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux   The Global Cities Dialogue on Information Society is, as you probably know, an international association with a clear objective: to stimulate initiatives which facilitate the development of the digital society in cities. Our goal is to share our experiences… » read more

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Guest post by Kaj Embrén, Sustainable Development export and blogger, Stockholm, Sweden. Revolution and recession. For good reason, these two words have dominated headlines over the past year. Yet talk of such political and financial tumult has resulted in the neglect of a third issue, which is both critical and germane: sustainability. In every crisis… » read more

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Guest post by Stefan Brill. The core problem of the current situation now and then are the ‘stinky’ assets in the balance sheets of banks. The argumentation goes that many banks are systemic and finally, given the bank has to declare insolvency or illiquidity and has to declare bankruptcy, the real sector is cut off… » read more

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Guest post by Scott Wagers, Owner of BioSci Consulting and a former Assistant Professor at University of Vermont College of Medicine As an American living in Belgium I have noticed many differences between the American and European approach to work. Americans are very goal oriented, we’ll work through the night to meet a deadline or… » read more

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Guest post by: Corina Cretu, Vice-Chair of Committee on Development of European Parliament I have regretfully noticed that the European diplomacy is unable to play the role of mediator; it cannot even be an arbitrator in a region of immediate proximity, whose chronic instability affects us directly. Unfortunately, there has been no progress on EU… » read more

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