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  25/10/2006   VISION 2020 : Reinventing Europe 2005-2020 A book remarked ever since its first publishing in June 2002 Jean Guyot, First financial director of the European Coal and Steel Community and former collaborator of Jean Monnet, prefaced the book. President of the Hippocrène Foundation, the first financial director ...

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Civil society and the European Union institutions

By Marco Caselli 06/10/2006   I Introduction The paper presents some preliminary results and reflections arising from an ongoing research project on the role – actual and potential – of civil society in the construction and consolidation of the European Union, in the latter’s life and functioning, and in the ...

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ISRAEL 2020: Two scenarios at the heart of Israel’s future

Abstract GEAB N°7 16/09/2006 LEAP/E2020 founds two scenarios of the future of Israel on the description of seven breakpoint parameters The summer 2006 Lebanon-Israel crisis has made it possible to identify more precisely the parameters which from now on will define the regional equation of the Middle East. In its ...

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EU Borders – The end of the myth of eternal enlargement

abstract GEAB N°6 16/06/2006 Turkey-Ukraine, two countries which will not join the EU / The Balkans, last enlargement of the next 20 years / Russia, the key to solve the EU-Turkey problem The increasing difficulties of the process of Turkey entering the European Union contrasts with the progressive entry “piece ...

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NATO faced to a loss of confidence in US leadership

  Abstract GEAB N°4 16/04/2006   Astonishing public declarations made by US Generals (Source International Herald Tribune, 15/04/2006), criticizing Donald Rumsfeld’s mismanagement of the invasion of Iraq, and even the decision itself to invade the country, prove that even in the US the American military leadership is in a crisis. ...

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A certain idea of the Netherlands

by Jos de Beus 29/03/2006 “An interesting era is always an enigmatic one, which promises little rest, prosperity, continuity, security” Paul Valéry, Variété (1938), quoted by Eugen Weber The Hollow Years, France in the 1930s, London Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995, p.3. The distance of two related European peoples The Netherlands, recently, has ...

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Laicity (secularism): A Highly efficient instrument of social peace

by Masha Loyak 17/03/2006   With the French law against conspicuous religious signs, the outer world gets a glimpse of a key-instrument of France’s social-engineering invented along centuries of internal conflicts : laicity. At a time of growing internal and international social conflicts, it may be good news that this French ...

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Languages and EU democratisation: the need for an efficient strategy

by Franck Biancheri 20/01/2006   Discussions, debates are the core of democracy. Language is the instrument for discussing. Languages are therefore at the very core of any EU democratisation process. When you go around Europe and discuss with people on the future of Europe, as I did for instance during ...

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A Test Case for the European Union? The Trial of Orhan Pamuk

by Dr Harry Hagopian 28/12/2005 The trial of Orhan Pamuk had barely started in Istanbul, Turkey, on 16 December 2005, when the presiding judge adjourned the proceedings until 7 February 2006. Few are the media-savvy and news-conscious Europeans across much of the Union who will not have heard of Orhan ...

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France: “the suburban effect”

by Thierry Warin 18/11/2005   There are two ways in French to talk about suburbs : “la banlieue” and “en banlieue.” Say you live in “la banlieue,” and everybody knows it is in a public housing project. Say you live “en banlieue,” and it is likely to be outside Paris, for ...

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What immigration policy for the Europe we want to build?

by Harald Greib 16/11/2005 After the influx of survivors of civil wars in the Balkans into Europe, the wrecks full of Africans stranded on the beaches of Andalusia, the attacks on the border barriers of Spanish enclaves in Morocco, it is today the riots in the French suburbs that have ...

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Should the European Internet be dependent on the US Department of Commerce?

by régis Jamin 18/04/2005 On 12 October 2004, the European Commission, after several years of work and following a tedious call for tenders, finally signed a contract with Eurid, formalizing its status as the “EU” registry. Would European identification on the Internet, known as’.EU’, finally be available to European companies ...

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Freeing the European Company

by Régis Jamin 18/04/2005 By Régis Jamin, Member of Europe2020, Member of the Internet Society, Member of the Senate Club, Member of the Institut Montaigne. A prospective study published by the NIC (National Intelligence Council, the CIA Director’s Think Tank) provoked an outcry from our Brussels officials last week. It ...

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NATO in the face of loss of confidence in American leadership

GEAB extract N°4 15/04/2005 The surprising public statements of retired American generals (Source International Herald Tribune, 15/04/2006) denouncing the mismanagement of Ronald Rumsfeld’s invasion of Iraq, or even the very decision to invade the country, show that even in the United States the American military leadership is in crisis. And ...

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An inclusive world

  by Sundeep Waslekar 13/02/2005   Once I read an interesting story. Someone met a little boy about 4 or 5 years old. He gave him a world map from a magazine, tore it into pieces and challenged him to put it together again. The boy did it in a ...

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