Italy is going to elections by the end of this month after 14 months of technocratic-ruling administration. Pier Luigi Bersani, the center-left candidate has a good chance of becoming Italy’s next leader and couple of days ago I attended a short, yet very meaningful speech of him at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin. Pro-European, sharp and thoughtful, he delivered indeed a strong message.
Posts Tagged ‘ Germany ’
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.
9th of November: a historical day for Germany signaling the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of a whole new era. On this symbolic day and thanks to the “European Speech” project cooperation organized by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Kornard Adenauer Stiftung and the Stiftung Zukunft Berlin, I had the chance to listen to Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, giving his own European Speech in the Paul-Löbe-Haus of the German Bundestag. His words were meaningful and inspiring so I had to share the feeling with you.
While the ECB’s latest bond-buying scheme OMT has been greeted with enthusiasm in most of Europe, German politicians, economists and media remain sceptical. The main reasons for this are concerns about inflation and different German central banking traditions, which raise general questions about the ECB’s mandate.
Germany has been the global front-runner in terms of “greening” its economy. After the nuclear-accident in Fukushima in 2011, the country decided to abandon nuclear energy completely and rely on renewable energy. What seemed like a bold and determined move might endanger the European energy supply, especially since the European sovereign-debt crisis has become the major focus of EU leaders actions. However, every crisis offers an opportunity..
The EU should be fed up with gloomy news coming from weak links in the chain, but still, there appears to be much to contend with. It seems dubious to argue that the European problem can be solved in a financial way. Structural problems need to be treated more collectively and they require more tolerance. [...]
Today the new president of France was sworn in. Who is the new president of France, and what will his rule mean for Europe? [Continuation] The Agenda – International Politics and the Franco-German Axis Less rosy seems the international field, where Hollande will soon have to demonstrate, if he can assert France’s interests among the [...]
Germany has played a major role in every discussion revolving around the current Greek budgetary crisis. Not only has the country been singled out as the biggest creditor, and more generally as Europe’s paymaster, but it has also come under severe criticism for enforcing an export driven economic policy that condemns its European partners to negative trade balances with Berlin. However, is that criticism fair? Probably not.
Rethinking the EU’s future: Two players of a game, Turkey and the EU It is very likely to hear a joke from International Relations students in Turkey: “Even Venezuela will become a member of the EU before Turkey does”. It has been a long time since the Turkish authorities have expressed their desire to join the [...]
German financial austerity demands have dominated the debate on how to save the countries hit hardest by the eurozone crisis: Greece and Portugal. However, despite severe cuts in the social spendings as well as massive lay-offs, results are meagre and new bailout payments are discussed. There is no doubt that austerity is essential for a balanced budget, but starving the economies of Greece and Portugal is not going to help at all. What the EU needs to do is rebuild their economies.