The euro crisis has taken the form of a succession of national crises threatening the integrity of the monetary union. The response, each time, involves heads of European states meeting in Brussels or Berlin to agree on a rescue plan and hesitantly approving the necessary improvements in European governance. After Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece, does it even matter who’s next on the cliff’s edge?
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Germany has taken the long road on its way to becoming the progressive force that it is today. Their recent election to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations underlines the level of trust and recognition Germany has earned from the international community. But despite the progress it has made, rightist extremism in Germany remains a matter of concern. It will take unity between all actors within German society in order to end the persistent problems of intolerance and hatred.
The main concern that can be raised against pension funds is forgotten by the public press, while economists have been warning about the next adamant bubble for years. The older generation may deserve their retirement under the palm trees, but the consequences of the current pension schemes for the generations to come are far more detrimental than believed earlier.
“Turkey is not in Europe”. If you have ever found yourself in a discussion on the future of the EU enlargement and the Turkish case, I bet you have heard this over and over again. I did hear this a lot from the Turko-skeptics and every time I ask them the simplest yet most complicated question: which Europe are we talking about?
On February 25, 2011 the French President visited Turkey and he stayed in Ankara for 300 minutes. Even though the official purpose of the visit was a work meeting to discuss regional and international issues as G-20 members, the Turkish bid for EU accession dominated the atmosphere. What does this “300-minutes” mean for Turkey, France and the EU? The short time of the visit was long enough to create many implications for all the sides around the table.