The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy was Minister of the Interior during the greatest urban disturbances in recent French history, which took place in the most marginalized neighborhoods of the principal cities. He wants to avoid repetition of these events. The twentieth plan that he wants to apply to the suburbs has been dubbed Hope. Are the measures effective? What is the origin of the violence? Are we dealing with an Islamic revolt? Will it be useful to maintain a hard line?
Sarkozy’s plan stresses security, education, and employment
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.
Tension mounts between the two powers, each time becoming more confrontational
The refusal of the
The crude realities of Kosovo´s teetering social cohesion following 8 years of UN rule
Kosovo’s independence is inevitable, given the failure of multiethnicism in the Balkans, the overwhelming support it has amongst Kosovars, and the fact that Serbia’s grip upon the region is currently only nominal, argues the author. He suggests that the EU should play a more important role in mediating the conflict and attempt to implement the main parts of the Ahtisaari Plan. At the same time, caution must be exercised, so as to avoid a crisis with Serbia or Russia, as well as a repeat of the gruesome violence that gripped the region during the 1990s.
When the threat is credible, the threatened reacts
The crisis between the Turkish army and the Kurdish rebels of the PKK seems to be mitigated thanks to the offers guaranteed to
Voter-turn out is the highest since the fall of communism in 1989
The electoral results received in
Dialogue, diplomacy, prevention, and the use of dissuasive force in order to preserve the peace
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
Questions of social cohesion and the battle of ideas against extremism (part II)