Ever since the beginning of the financial crisis France and Germany have taken on the role of leaders for the EU. They decide what happens and how it is done; they decide who stays in power and who has to be taken out. However is this really the only way the EU can be governed, or are there ways to prefend the domination of two nation states within the EU?
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The victory of the rebel forces in Libya is often conceived as not only their victory, but as a victory of European diplomacy as well. Though this might be true for the relations between Europe and the United States, it is doubtful whether it is the case for the relations with the Arab world as well. The economic and political reality must lead to the conclusion that the effects might not be as lasting as one would hope.
With Khadafi’s would-be massacre looming in Benghazi, Europe has proven that it is still willing to take on a messianic role to fight for freedom. The enthusiasm that David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy have shown to protect human life with all means necessary deserves the deepest respect and stands in stark contrast to Germany’s inexcusable cowardice. Libya deserves European military support in escaping from the yoke of a madman that has oppressed its people for generations.
Multiculturalism is dead. At least, according to many prominent EU-leaders. It’s a shame though, that they didn’t present a feasible alternative to the multicultural society. Should we say our permanent farewells to the multicultural ideal, or should we instead try to reform it, giving it a chance to survive? I’ll try to answer that question below.
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.
The summit of the European Council in Brussels last week did not bring about any novel approaches relating to the creation of the internal energy market of the community. However, it saw Germany and France use the occasion to present their proposal for a “competitiveness pact” for the EU. The pact suggests fuller harmonisation of labour, tax and social policies and a constitutional curb on public borrowing to enforce balanced budgets. Though rejected by many member states, core elements of the proposal are necessary and inevitable in the future. However, it remains doubtful if they will help increase the Union’s competitiveness.