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Copenhagen Summit ends…

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, European Economy, State of Europe on December 19, 2009 at 19:51

Nothing much concluded, it seems…

UN says Copenhagen deal ‘a start’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says a US-backed climate deal is a good beginning, but critics dismiss it as a failure.

Activist-Journalists Bring Citizen, Pro Media Together at COP15

from MediaShift

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — This past Saturday, on a crisp afternoon in Copenhagen, Jacob Wheeler and Rick Fuentes, two amateur journalists with the non-profit media start-up the UpTake, walked alongside a mostly peacefully stream of demonstrators. Roughly half of the total police force in Denmark followed in step. Conspicuous among the crowd were the hundreds of ad hoc reporters with serious-looking digital SLRs slung around their necks.

The Copenhagen Failure shows: There is no effective Global Politics!

from Social Europe Journal by Henning Meyer

4178695384_81ddf77672In the early hours of this morning the news of the failure of the Copenhagen summit on climate change hit the news wires. I won’t repeat the individual disappointments as the papers will be full of it today. But I would like to comment on the political implications of this disaster. It shows that there is no effective global politics, only global problems. Read the rest of this entry »

NGOs not so happy with the Copenhagen summit

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, State of Europe on December 18, 2009 at 12:14

NGO fury after Copenhagen ban

from cafebabel.com by Dave Keating

Yesterday’s decision by the UN to ban a large number of NGO delegates from the main summit venue for the Copenhagen climate change talks was, to say the least, unpopular on the ground.

Copenhagen climate talks: Main issues and state of play

from EurActiv.com
About 120 world leaders and 193 countries are meeting in Copenhagen to agree a new global climate deal, the basis for a full climate treaty next year.

Photos from Copenhagen protests

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow:Treehugger photographer Matt McDermott happened to be in the right place when the massive climate demonstrations in Copenhagen broke out, and the site has a great gallery of shots of the action.

Swiss minaret ban goes to court

An appeal against a decision by Swiss voters to ban minarets is submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Read the rest of this entry »

live blogging from the Copenhagen protests and…

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, European Economy, Islam in Europe, State of Europe on December 16, 2009 at 16:07

more from the EU agenda…Our neighbor, Greece is having real economic problems, aftermath of Berlusconi attack and more…

Reclaim Power Cop15

Danish police abuse climate-change demonstrators

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Zoran sez, “Earlier this week (12th Dec), a massive, peaceful protest of 100,000 people — the largest demonstration for climate justice in world history — was met with a heavy-handed response by the Danish police. Thousands of riot police swarmed the march route, blocked off streets surrounding large groups of protestors, and arrested almost 1,000 people. Arrestees were cuffed and forced to sit in rows for hours, as the temperatures dipped below freezing; numerous people urinated on themselves after being denied use of toilets.”

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Dispatch from Copenhagen: Demands for Climate Justice

from Global Voices Online by Saffah Faroog Read the rest of this entry »

Copenhagen Summit and EU agenda roundup

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, European Economy, European Parliament, Islam in Europe, State of Europe on December 13, 2009 at 01:02
Arrested demonstrators sit on the ground as they are surrounded ...

Arrested demonstrators sit on the ground as they are surrounded by police during a rally outside the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

Hot topic

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Climate pressures cloud two-day EU summit Read the rest of this entry »

Copenhagen Climate Summit begins…

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, European Economy, European Parliament, State of Europe on December 7, 2009 at 08:37

I’m sorry, we could have stopped catastrophic climate change #COP15

from Osocio Weblog by Marc

I'm sorry, we could have stopped catastrophic climate change… We didn't

Next monday, dec 7, the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference finally start in Copenhagen. All visitors who came by aeroplane (…) will see these billboards at the Copenhagen Airport. They campaign from Greenpeace shows our world leaders in 2020.
The leaders: Sarkozy (FR), Merkel (Ger), Obama (USA), Tusk (PO), Lula (Br), Zapatero (Es), Brown (UK) and Harper (Can). See them all after the break.

Copenhagen sees pros and cons of host role

from FT.com – World, Europe
As the eyes of the world focus on Copenhagen, there is reputational danger in attaching the Danish capital’s name to a conference that could end in failure Read the rest of this entry »

“EU’s Lisbon Treaty comes into force

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, European Economy, European Parliament, State of Europe on December 1, 2009 at 18:41

EU’s Lisbon Treaty comes into force

and more from the European agenda…

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Barroso II Commission announced

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, European Economy, State of Europe on November 27, 2009 at 21:40

Copenhagen: the next Seattle?

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Some environmental groups are planning disruptive protests for the upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen, taking cues from the anti-globalization movement:

“We feel that right now in Copenhagen there is a real opportunity for things to come together a little bit like they did 10 years ago at the World Trade Organization protest in Seattle,” Müller told SPIEGEL ONLINE…. Read the rest of this entry »

Herman Van Rompuy, the new EU president; Baroness Ashton, the new EU Foreign Affairs Minister

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, State of Europe, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy on November 20, 2009 at 22:16

Not particularly good for Turkey’s EU fantasies. Mr. Van Rompuy is known to be against Turkey’s membership.. I still work on a roundup from the Turkish press. let’s what Turks think… However, nearly all presidential candidates were against Turkey, so this is not the most surprising situation.

Having two low profile political figures for the EU’s top positions maybe a strategy to downgrade the importance of these positions. Nation states are still very important in EU-wide policy making and this leaves EU still relying on nation state fantasies…

And because these are low profile political personalities, the fate of Turkey’s membership maynot too affected, which is already negatively affected… And of course, I continue to lose my respect towards EU decision making processes.  You keep continue to negotiate Turkey for membership and you have a president who is against that membership. Turks seems to care less and less ….

Brussels Blog (Financial Times): Van Rompuy-Brit combination would signal EU disunity on Turkey

from Bloggingportal.eu – Today’s posts
The sun is shining in Brussels and the sky has an unseasonably blue, cloudless, late-November-in-Rome quality as European Union leaders make their way here for the summit of summits – the event where they will choose the EU’s first full-tim… Read the rest of this entry »

EU President to be named this week…

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, European Economy on November 16, 2009 at 10:18

EU leaders to name president at special summit

from EurActiv.com
The European Union’s heads of state and government will name a president and foreign policy chief over dinner on 19 November, but diplomats say agreement on the appointments has still not been reached. Read the rest of this entry »

Lisbon era starts in Europe while Merkel makes her historic US address…

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, European Economy, State of Europe on November 4, 2009 at 10:38

A roundup as usual… last updated: 14:30 (4 Nov)

Consensus growing for low-profile EU ‘chairman’

from EurActiv.com
Confirming that EU leaders appear to read the job description of the first-ever permanent Council president as more of a ‘chairman’ than a ‘leader’, agencies reported today (2 November) that the mild-mannered Belgian prime minister, Herman Van Rompuy, is the “most consensual” figure for the top job. Read the rest of this entry »
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