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European Union Round-up

Germany's role in Europe: The Economist's Charlemagne describes the new power structure in the European Union and makes good points criticizing Chancellor Merkel's agenda for the EU presidency as too broad, too ambitious and focusing on the wrong priorities. The criticism of the plans for a "transatlantic free trade area" might be based on a misunderstanding. See the Atlantic Review post Harmonization of Technical Standards.

EU Constitution: "German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Europe it faces an "historic failure" if it does not revive the deadlocked European constitution." BBC

EU Parliament: German conservative Hans-Gert Poettering, a close ally of German Chancellor Merkel and a backer of the EU's embattled constitution, has been elected as the next president of the European Parliament on Tuesday." DW World

EU Police Cooperation: "Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Monday that Germany would seek to make increased cross-border cooperation of the police and judicial authorities, particularly the exchange of DNA databases, part of European Union law despite strong opposition led by Britain." International Herald Tribune

EU Energy Policy: "Germany has dropped its opposition to European Commission proposals to liberalise the energy market, increasing the likelihood of a compromise at a European summit in March." Financial Times
And on the other side of the Atlantic: The Council of Foreign Relations has an interesting round-up Diffusion of Energy in Congress and an extensive backgrounder The 110th Congress—Democrats and Energy Security.


Erkan's field diary on : "The Uncontainable Kurds

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The Uncontainable Kurds By Christopher de Bellaigue 1. Since the Turkish Republic was set up in 1923, no Turkish statesman has shown the necessary combination of courage and imagination to resolve the question of how the country's ethnic Kurds, who...


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Don S on :

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Europe it faces an "historic failure" if it does not revive the deadlocked European constitution." Possibly it does. The Eu needs a constitution I think - but not the rejected one. The voters were correct to reject it.

Yank on :

I see how little interest (judging by the number of comments) there is in any post that doesn't have to do America and critizing its actions. No one seems to care what the German government does, or what the EU and EU nations do, in any matter unconnected somehow with America. All this news is posted here without drawing comment. Look at the non-committal lonely one above. Now, it's easy to see why your American readers have no comments on matters like this, because it's really none of our business. So pardon us for not taking interest or caring. But it's hard to see why Europeans consider everything about America, and everything it does, no matter how exclusively domestic, to be the whole world's business. Something to obsess about and get all excited about and have an opinion about and even find worthy of contempt - though it be but a matter of taste and preference. This reminds me of a comment Norman Geras recently made in response to leftists gloating about their delusion of America's fall from prominance. With his usual understandment he simply noted that nonetheless America still seems to be all everyone in Europe is talking about. A suggestion from a friend and ally: I think Europeans would prosper more if they minded more of their own business and less of ours.

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