Category Archives: USA

France as Europe’s defence arm

the European and American approach to problems in and around Urakine in the last one-and-a-half year, has been very wrong. Now that the french president went with Angela Merkel to Kiev and Moscow, his idea that France could take greater role in Europe’s defence system would be a good idea, not only for the Ukrainian quesiton but also for urgent action needed by Europe in Africa Continue reading

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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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“GEDOGEN” A NEW DUTCH TRADEMARK

A NEW DUTCH TRADEMARK : “GEDOGEN” Former Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs, also former Secretary General of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer says that the Netherlands political term gedogen cannot be translated. He says that in connection with the planned … Continue reading

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