Category Archives: Balkan countries

UKRAINE 2 = Don’t make (half) promises on enlargement. Better possibilities for neighborhood action.

During the Kiev demonstrations too often European representatives expressed half promises for Ukraines accession to the Union. Such wild promises shoudl – as the Turkish exemple has taught us – be avoided . This attitude is sometimes seen as too formal, and not reflecting the struggles existing between the Quadrangle: Washington, Moscow,Brussels,Kiev.
For useful European Neighborhood -action we would favor other fields of action: accompanying Serbia to EU membership, safeguarding the Serbian position in Kosovo, finding ways with African nations to make Lampedusa unneccesary , and helping Syrian refugees temporarily and in returning to Syria. Bishops may invite laity to the Gospel, but competent laity may equally invite the bishops to geopolitics. There is work for both in realism and mutual respect. Continue reading

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America and Kosovo

AMERICA AND KOSOVO Sometimes between allies, lines of policy making may greatly vary. That need not be serious. History and cultural identity may often explain differences in a satisfactory way. This is for example the case in the matter of … Continue reading

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FOCUS sept-october 2010

a monthly note linking various of our themes. French smaller political parties,unhappiness with EU arrogance. A commemoration of General Pierre-Marie Gallois Continue reading

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KOSOVO: The ICJ President has a DREAM, and then falls out of it

published in :  AMERICAN  COUNCIL FOR KOSOVO  (www.savekosovo.org) THE COURT PRESIDENT’S DREAM Dr Anton G.O. Smitsendonk Tuesday, 28 September 2010 Introduction by James George Jatras, Director American Council for Kosovo On July 22, 2010, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) … Continue reading

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