The Euro Deal: EU’s Closer Integration; UK’s Isolation

Summits. With all the fanfare and hours of squabbling, you have to give it to the European Union. They do it best and they do it often. With the gruelling negotiations on addressing the looming Euro tragedy one can’t help but as why oh why must the EU’s answer to everything be to call a … Continue reading

European Union: The Agenda-Setting Choice

A lot of things seem to be happening in the coming weeks and they are not co-incidental. In the coming weeks, EU leaders would decide to fill two very important posts: that of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and President of the European Council. Their decision could determine whether the union really seeks the bigger role it says it needs to try to match the influence of the United States and that of rising powers like China, Russia and India. Until then, we can expect the United States to put their Afghanistan Strategy on temporary hold. Across the Middle East, it is viewed that the Middle East peace process will also restart in the coming weeks and not least because of the perceived shift that may take place in the international political arena.

Angela Merkel: At the Helm of EU

by Caela British Prime Minister Gordon Brown may have saved the world financial system [sic]. French President Nicolas Sarkozy have marshalled the EU’s emergency response to the October banking crisis. But it is German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is now the European Union’s dominant figure as she leads with Germany’s economic heft. Back on March … Continue reading