On June 27, 2011 The European Institute held a special meeting of its European American Policy Forum with The Honorable Steven Vanackere, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Institutional Reforms.  Mr. Vanackere offered his assessment of the prospects and challenges that lie ahead in Europe’s efforts to further a common, effective and timely foreign policy.

Click here to read the full text of Mr. Vanackere's remarks.

Christine Lagarde, France’s minister of finance, seems set to emerge as the leading candidate for the post of Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, succeeding Dominique Strauss-Kahn, himself a former French Finance Minister. Formal nominations for the post are due on Friday, June 10.

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The Obama administration is extending an exceptionally warm reception to Chancellor Angela Merkel even though she recently opposed Washington on Libya and on so many economic issues. Why?

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In an unusual joint public-private initiative, political leaders and major Internet players held a broad open forum on May 24-25 in Paris to discuss the future of the Internet. Held on the sidelines of the G8 summit meeting of Western powers in Deauville, the web forum was called "the e-G8." The outcome was foreseeable -- more divergences than agreement.

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International jockeying is already intense about picking a successor to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned as head of the IMF on May 18. It is a key post in global financial affairs: under Strauss-Kahn, the Fund regained prestige and power, mainly as an influential investor and arbiter in the rescue and bail-out packages for debt-stricken European countries such as Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

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