EU Population Tops 500 Million

From Business Week.Com The European Union's population reached the half-a-billion mark at the beginning of 2010, with immigration pushing it up higher than the net increase would have been following the year's births and deaths, new figures from the EU's statistics agency, Eurostat, showed on Tuesday (27 July). The EU's population as of January 2010 was estimated to be 501.1 million, compared to 499.7 million last year. The EU gained an Continue Reading

EU’s Ashton says Europe must unite on foreign policy

From UK Reuters The European Union's foreign affairs chief laid out a stark choice for the region on Wednesday, saying it must pull together in foreign policy or be sidelined by China and India. Presenting her agenda for the next five years after widespread criticism of her performance, Catherine Ashton told the European Parliament that Europe was declining as a world power and losing influence. Europe's share of the world's Continue Reading

German foreign minister backs idea of European army

From Germany supports the creation of a European army in the long term so that the EU can be a "global player," Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. "The long-term goal is the establishment of a European army under full parliamentary control. The European Union must live up to its political role as a global player. It must be able to manage crises independently. It must be able Continue Reading

Beware the winds of December

From ATimes While America has been absorbed by the Afghan election imbroglio, a less-noticed event slid into place in the Middle East. It is less dramatic than President Hamid Karzai's near removal; but this event tilts the strategic balance: Turkey finally shrugged off its United States straight-jacket; stared past any beckoning European Union membership; and has fixed its eyes toward its former Ottoman Asian and Middle Eastern Continue Reading

Why Don’t Western Elites and Governments Comprehend International Realities?

From Rubin Reports Why Don't Western Elites and Governments Comprehend International Realities? Posted: 30 Nov 2009 12:19 PM PST (Please subscribe to save time. Let these articles come to you without any work on your part) By Barry Rubin The question readers most often ask me is an extremely basic, vitally important one. So how can we explain the world's second biggest problem today. The first is the flourishing of radical, often Continue Reading

Van Rompuy: ‘Turkey will never be part of Europe’

From EU Observer Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy, a leading candidate to win the presidency of the European Council, is strongly opposed to Turkey ever joining the European Union. "Turkey is not a part of Europe and will never be part of Europe," Mr Van Rompuy said during a meeting of the Council of Europe on the subject of Turkey's possible entry into the EU, held in the Belgian parliament on December, 2004. During the speech, Continue Reading

EU funding ‘Orwellian’ artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for “abnormal behaviour”

From Telegraph UK A five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programmes which act as "agents" to monitor and process information from web sites, discussion forums, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers. Its main objectives include the "automatic detection of threats and abnormal behaviour or violence". Project Indect, which received nearly £10 million in funding from the Continue Reading

Solana calls for UN to impose deadline for Palestinian state

From YNet News European Union's foreign policy chief urges Security Council to set tangible deadline for formation of Palestinian state, endorse overall solution for issues of border parameters, refugees, control over Jerusalem; Israel says proposal 'undermines peace efforts' Jerusalem dismissed Sunday evening European Union Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana's call for the UN Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state by a certain Continue Reading

Top EU diplomat Javier Solana to step down this Fall – who will emerge as the voice of the EU?

From Earth Times.Org Top EU diplomat Javier Solana on Sunday announced plans to retire this autumn, in an interview with Spanish newspaper ABC. "I think my time has come," said Solana, 66, who has held the position for ten years. He said a decade was "more than enough." Solana's term in office as the European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy is set to expire in October. Asked if he could be talked into Continue Reading

Ireland to vote again on EU’s Lisbon Treaty on Oct 2

From Israel National News Ireland will hold a second referendum on the European Union's key Lisbon reform treaty on October 2, Prime Minister Brian Cowen told parliament on Wednesday. Cowen said he had received assurances from his European colleagues on issues that concerned Irish voters, who threw the EU into chaos when they rejected the treaty in a referendum in June last year. "I believe these concerns have been addressed now in the Continue Reading