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  • The European Union and the Every Man for Himself Syndrome

    By Alain Lamassoure, Member of The European Parliament, European People’s Party
    This article first appeared in the December 2nd edition of Le Figaro.

    The terrorist challenge is confirming what one could term the European theory of three crises. On major issues, in the absence of crisis, European leaders first decide to delay a decision.  At the first crisis, they decide that a decision must be made. The real decision waits at least until the second crisis, but the means to implement it aren’t used until the third crisis. At best. This has been true for the financial crisis and for the Greek crisis. It’s the tempo of the European response to Russian aggression in Ukraine. It is what we have witnessed since the beginning of the migratory crisis: after five successive summits, the decision to distribute 160,000 refugees is still not implemented.

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“5G” Angst: Europe’s Bid to Drive Future of Wireless Technology

- By James D. Spellman, Strategic Communications LLC

spellmanIn summoning the heads of Europe’s top telecommunications companies to a recent meeting (January 12), the European Commission has signaled that it wants Europe to lead development and implementation of the next generation of technologies that cellphones and other wireless devices will use, the so-called “5G” bundle of software and hardware expected to be widely available around 2020, if not sooner.

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Political Stability Takes a Siesta in Spain

- By Ryan Barnes, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce

ryan barnes photo 2The Spanish political system has been turned upside down. The bipolar political stranglehold of the center-left Socialists (PSOE) and center-right Popular Party (PP), who have alternated in power for most of the post-Franco democratic era in Spain, has eased. Upstarts from the both the right and left, Ciudadanos and Podemos, respectively, have crashed the party. Add a resurgent Catalan independence movement to the mix and politics in Spain have never been as turbulent and unpredictable. The December 20th elections, which were supposed to provide some clarity, have created an even more uncertain political landscape.

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2016, a tale of two Europes? Anti-terrorism, Refugee Crisis, and Economic Headwinds to Test EU Institutions

- By James D. Spellman, Strategic Communications LLC

spellmanOn many fronts, Europe is at a watershed entering 2016.

Its agility in negotiating economic, political, and social challenges ahead goes to the heart of the European Union’s future—its purpose, effectiveness, resiliency, and evolution.

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Perspectives: The Polish Enigma

- By Markus Ziener, Berlin Professor of Journalism

markusziener2015Poland—The Next EU crisis? The Good News: This time it's not about money.

There is reason to be cautious when judging current events in Poland. And observers are well advised not to automatically use heavy artillery when criticizing the new right-wing government in Warsaw. Why? Because Poland stands for nothing less than the biggest success story to date in Eastern Europe. Poland, a country once notorious for inflation, strikes and government turmoil, has orchestrated, in the past 26 years, a remarkable political and economic turnaround. Poland was the first Eastern country to rid itself of communism and then consequently followed a clear-cut path of integration into Western structures like NATO and EU. This happened to a large extent during the ten years of the presidency of Alexander Kwasniewski, a former minister in a communist cabinet.  Poland deserves credit and recognition for those achievements.

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“Hubris: the Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century,” by Alistair Horne; Harper; 382 pages

- Reviewed by Laurence Barrett, Former Senior Editor Time Magazine

BarrettThe battles of Tsushima and Verdun raged in different decades on opposite sides of the globe between different adversaries. Russian and Japanese fleets dueled off Korea’s southeast coast in 1905 at Tsushima. Massed French and German ground forces soaked Verdun’s acreage in blood in 1916. To discern a common relevance of these disparate conflicts, and to project their impact forward to wars of the 1940’s and 1950’s requires a military historian of unusual imagination and erudition.

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OUR MUST READS

- Owen Phelps

The flow towards Europe Interactive chart showing refugee flow into Europe, country by country, based on UN data. PUBLISHED 26.10.2015 | BY VILLE SAARINEN AND JUHO OJALA

Recommended by European affairs.

 
- Owen Phelps

The collapse of the US-EU Safe Harbor: Solving the new privacy Rubik’s Cube, by Brad Smith – President and Chief Legal Officer Microsoft Corporation. A thoughtful post (Oct. 20) by the President of a company seriously impacted by the recent European Court of Justice take down of the “safe harbor” provisions of the EU for data transfer out of Europe. Smith lays out principles for moving to a new and better win-win formulation without plunging the world into “digital dark ages.” Recommended by European Affairs.

 
- Natalie Fahey

Why Technology, Not Geography, Is Key to Cybersecurity, by Carl Bildt, former Swedish Foreign Minister and Prime Minister, article in Huffington Post. Bildt sounds an eloquent caution against government overreaction to very real cyber security threats. Among the misguided actions Bildt discusses is the recent European Court of Justice’s invalidation of the EU’s safe harbor regime for permitting international data flows, based, it appears, on the erroneous notion that data can be secured by localizing its storage as opposed to deploying available technology. Recommended by European Affairs.

 

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