Identity Cards in the UK

Civil liberty versus security, or a question of trust?

Posted by Steven Binney, 9th October 2008

ukcards.jpgThe author argues that, despite the Labour Government’s best efforts, the proposed plan for ID cards in the UK will almost certainly be a key topic for debate in the run up to the next general election, as it is a controversial policy that affects citizens in numerous ways, such as by directly challenging our accepted civil liberties. Will this very costly expenditure even make the UK any safer?


Nostalgia for Russia

The giant steps out from the shadows in order to defend its damaged pride

Posted by Silvia Marcu, 18th September 2008

nostalgiaderusia.jpgRussia attempts to come back to life by playing with the strength of its two geo-strategical instruments: oil and natural gas.


Moscow, being called into question

The international consequences of the Russian invasion of Georgia

Posted by Alberto Priego, 18th September 2008

sarkomedvedev.jpgFind out why the crisis in South Ossetia has constituted a tough international setback for Russia and the Slavophile and pro-Oriental positions that the new president Medvedev and his prime minister Putin defend. However, should Europe expect some type retaliation by Moscow in terms of energy?


Would Europe work (better) with more female leadership?

A disproportionate distribution of power among political and business positions

Posted by Raquel Sánchez Bujaldón, 29th July 2008

stop.jpgThe European companies with the greatest number of women in leadership positions show above average returns, as evidenced by Ericsson or Nokia. So why is the sex ratio so disproportionate in positions of responsibility in the political and business fields? Would the European Union work better with more female leadership?


Lessons from Ireland: The Time of the European Citizen Has Come

Will Brussels continue without considerable advances in the political arena?

Posted by Miguel Ángel Benedicto, 22nd July 2008

noirlanda1.jpgThe Irish no to the Treaty of Lisbon has made a clear statement: it is imperative to take every European citizen seriously. If this does not happen, the EU will continue without substantial progress in the political arena. The preeminence of technical and the bureaucratic complications will push the EU at two different speeds, which could cause it to derail entirely, says the author.


The European Union: The Coming Crisis

What if all the member countries submitted the Treaty of Lisbon to a referendum?

Posted by Carlos Taibo, 15th July 2008

noirlanda.jpgAfter Ireland’s rejection of the Treaty of Lisbon, the EU has two options: to repeat the referendum or to continue with the document’s ratification. If the community directors continue their protests, the Union runs the risk of entering in a crisis of the growing dissatisfaction of citizens, walking into an alley without an exit, the author warns.


Italy and the Risk of Speed

Does acting quickly mean acting correctly?

Posted by Chiara Novelli, 3rd July 2008

inmigrantesbari.jpgA tacit and politically correct agreement between parties, media, and institutions in Italy previously prohibited the association of the word delinquent with any concrete nationality. This pact has been broken by the immigration policy of Silvio Berlusconi’s new government, the risk of which, the author says, lies in the use of simplified formulas of communication that center all public attention in fear of the others and the illusion that their expulsion will solve the problem.


Spain: Despite the Blow, ETA Is by No Means Finished

What will happen after the capture of the “political-military nest” of the terrorist group in France

Posted by Sagrario Moran, 26th June 2008

thierry.jpgAlthough the terrorist group ETA was beheaded in France and this political blow had psychological effects on the morale of the terrorists, this operation does not mean the end of the terrorist group, but rather the relay point for new leadership, said the author.


Fatigue in Serbia

Still at the same impasse following parliamentary elections

Posted by Carlos Taibo, 24th June 2008

votoserbia.jpgSerbia continues to be entangled in an inescapable deadlock, without internal options that involve the majority of the population and without any reason to trust outside proposals – especially those of the European Union, despite their success in the parliamentary elections, says the author.