Energy demand and consumption will not stop growing in the next four decades. And none of the current systems of energy production is problem-free; they all have their pros and cons. And so?
Ferran Requejo is a profesor of Political Science at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where he has developed the doctorate program of GRTP. His principle fields of study concern theories of democracy, political liberalism, social democracies of the second post-war period, and federalism in multinational contexts.
Four recommendations for the EU countries
Without leadership, multilateralism rhetoric goes nowhere
From the latest independent reports regarding human rights emerge the cases of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with a serious failure to ensure them, and Spain (like other liberal democracies) with specific cases of failure to ensure them.
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From the (happy) American unipolarity to a world filled with uncertainties
The twenty first century has brought with it an outlook very different from the one of happy optimism present in the 1990s; we are looking at a new phase of power redistribution, in which there are already points of possible conflict among the hegemonic powers.
G-8 in Japan: a discussion of growth and aid for the growing global trade policy
Theories that relate to democracy and economic development have remained obsolete, says the author. Today there are some democratic countries with terribly low rates of economic development and some less than democratic countries that have strongly developed, like China.
The ostrich strategy (talk a lot…. and look the other way) must be left behind
These years are decisive: the manner in which the main ecological problems (global warming, deforestation, erosion, soil desertification, the extinction of animal and plant species and the dearth of fresh water) are resolved (or not) will determine the quality of life of future generations. There are countries that have already rolled up their sleeves and gotten to work, but others (such as the
The formation of a Confederation with international military presence
Finding a solution to the future of Kosovo that satisfies the Serbs and the Albanian-Kosovars is proving to be a difficult task; perhaps the alternative could at one stage be the creation of a Confederation between Serbia and Kosovo, which is still its province; it would not be an optimal situation for either of the parties, but it could be an intermediate route towards the final, peaceful solution to the conflict.
When paternalism gives preference to liberties and the rule of law
The populists tend to enlarge the group of contemporary non-liberal democracies. The author points out that t is not strange that within a single, caudillo-style leadership that claims to act in the name of the people (pueblo) and for the people, political rights and freedoms, like the freedom of the press, freedom of expression, the plural-party system, and the control of electoral processes are suppressed or diminished.
Productivity, research, technology, and contamination: looming problems
No one has any doubt that the structural funds received from the European Union have contributed in an irrefutable manner to the economic growth witnessed in