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The European Parliament today (July 15) elected, with a strong majority of 422 votes of 729 cast, Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. His substantive and very forthright and specific agenda for his five year term is attached here.


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China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa, By Howard W. French
- Reviewed by Laurence I. Barrett, former White House Correspondent and Senior Editor of Time Magazine

barrett201407picture1 Ebola afflicts Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea – the worst outbreak on record, according to the World Health Organization. Nigerian Islamists kidnap scores of school girls. Homicidal incursions by Somalian terrorists damage Kenya’s tourist trade. Rebels seeking to impose seventh-century mores on Mali are checked only when French troops arrive. To casual consumers of news from sub-Saharan Africa, the most visible headlines blend into a dystopian loop. It is less horrendous than the Rwandan genocide, the AIDS pandemic, and the atrocities surrounding blood diamonds, all in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, but awful enough.     read more

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With the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I approaching on June 28, European Affairs presents two articles on the Great War.

Michael Mosettig looks at the day of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the shots that inalterably changed the face of Europe and the global balance of power.

Brian Beary takes the longer view and looks at the turbulence of WWI as a historical warning that today’s national borders are not sacrosanct, even in Europe. On June 28, 1914, after the Sarajevo assassination, it would have been impossible to predict what ensued and emerged.  We also provide Michael Mosettig’s annotated reading list on World War I.    read more

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June 28 and “The Shots Heard Round the World”—100 Years Ago
- By Michael D. Mosettig, former Foreign Editor of PBS News Hour

Michael MosettigThe shots hurriedly fired at point-blank range from the steps of a delicatessen in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, found their royal targets, mortally wounding the heir to the throne of the Habsburg Empire and his wife. Those fatal rounds would come to be known as the shots heard round the world, but that colorful wording compresses into one phrase a month of ultimatums and military mobilizations that would lead to a world war and to what has been described as "the primordial catastrophe of the twentieth century."     read more

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WWI Transformed the Map of Europe – Could It Change Again?
- By Brian Beary, Washington Correspondent for Europolitics

brianbeary-august2011On June 26, the political leaders of the EU’s 28 member states will gather near the fields of Flanders in Ypres, Belgium, for a working summit. The meeting will take place on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the event that plunged Europe into the chaos and destruction of World War 1. The leaders will visit In Flanders Fields Museum, which presents the story of the “Great War,” and the Menin Gate Memorial, which commemorates the millions of soldiers who lost their lives in the war.     read more

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"New president, new "Constitution"?" by Yves Bertoncini, Director of Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute.  Recommended by European Affairs.

"Bolstering European Energy Security" by Jesper Pedersen, published by German Marshall Fund. Pedersen, a member of European Affairs Board of Advisors, working on a prestigious GMF Asmus Fellowship, has written a comprehensive study on European energy issues, challenges and opportunities. Study is well written and particularly timely, given the spotlight that Russia's seizure of Crimea has put on European dependence on Russia for gas. Recommended by European Affairs.

“Power Struggle Looms after EU Vote,” by Honor Mahony and Valentina Pop, in EUObserver.   Excellent article on likely power struggle between the European Parliament and the EU Council over appointment of the new European Commission President.   Parliamentary elections take place later this month and the new EU treaty language, which increases parliamentary powers, will be tested in the selection process for the new Commission President. Recommended by European Affairs.


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