The European Union: European Neighbourhood Policy

8 January 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Editorial, European Union Reading Time:  11 minutes

Flag_of_Europe The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is a foreign relations instrument of the European Union (EU) which seeks to tie those countries to the east and south of the European territory of the EU to the Union. These countries, primarily developing countries, include some who seek to one day become either a member state of the European Union, or more closely integrated with the European Union. The ENP does not apply to neighbours of the EU’s outermost regions, specifically France‘s territories in South America, but only to those countries close to EU member states’ territories in mainland Europe.   read more…

The European Union and the European Political Community

9 October 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Editorial, European Union Reading Time:  6 minutes

Flag of Europe

Flag of Europe

The European Political Community (EPC) is a platform for political and strategic discussions about the future of Europe, established in 2022. The group first met in October 2022 in Prague, with participants from 44 European countries, as well as the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission.   read more…

The European Union: Europe Day

8 May 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Editorial, European Union Reading Time:  8 minutes

Europe Day 2009 in Strasbourg © - Francois Schnell/cc-by-2.0

Europe Day 2009 in Strasbourg © – Francois Schnell/cc-by-2.0

Europe Day is a day celebrating “peace and unity in Europe” celebrated on 5 May by the Council of Europe and on 9 May by the European Union. The first recognition of Europe Day was by the Council of Europe, introduced in 1964. The European Union later started to celebrate its own European Day in commemoration of the 1950 Schuman Declaration which first proposed the European Coal and Steel Community, leading it to be referred to by some as “Schuman Day” or “Day of the united Europe”. Both days are celebrated by displaying the Flag of Europe. The Council of Europe was founded on 5 May 1949, and hence it chose that day for its celebrations when it established the holiday in 1964.   read more…

Vladimir Putin, hands off Ukraine! 🇺🇦 #StandWithUkraine #StopPutinNOW #StopRussia

26 February 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  631 minutes



(latest update: 24 February 2023) Russo-Ukrainian War, Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russo-Georgian War (Abkhazia, South Ossetia), Transnistria War, Russian military intervention in the Syrian civil war and Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Against the background of the statements made by some simpletons, especially Westerners, this:

There are exactly two options: If Putin stops the war of aggression and annihilation against Ukraine and withdraws his mercenaries completely from Ukraine, there will be peace. If Ukrainians ceased their resistance to Putin’s war of aggression and annihilation, Ukraine would no longer exist. Everything coming from Russia that is not stopped in Ukraine and pushed back today can be in Warsaw the day after tomorrow. It is therefore in the greatest security interest of the EU and NATO to support Ukraine as much as possible, instead of just standing by and thereby sealing the own fate.

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Bundestag election 2021

26 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  80 minutes



(Latest update: 4 April 2022) After Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her voluntary retirement from office after 16 years and that with approval ratings that other heads of government may only wish for, the CDU suffered a severe setback with a drop in votes of 9% compared to the 2017 federal election. The Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet got the worst election result of the party of all time and he owes that to himself. After many years in government responsibility, it would certainly not be bad for the CDU not to work in this role for a while, but instead to be a opposition party in order to reorganize itself and counteract incrustations and obvious nepotism.   read more…

20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks

11 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, New York City Reading Time:  36 minutes

© 9/11 Memorial and Museum

© 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The September 11 attacks, often referred to as 9/11, were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Wahhabi Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.   read more…

The European Union: Eastern Partnership

31 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Editorial, European Union Reading Time:  15 minutes

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative of the European External Action Service of the European Union (EU) together with the EU, its Member States, and six Eastern European partners governing the EU’s relationship with the post-Soviet states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The EaP is intended to provide a forum for discussions regarding trade, economic strategy, travel agreements, and other issues between the EU and its Eastern European neighbours. It also aims at building a common area of shared values of democracy, prosperity, stability, and increased cooperation. The project was initiated by Poland and a subsequent proposal was prepared in co-operation with Sweden. It was presented by the foreign ministers of Poland and Sweden at the EU’s General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on 26 May 2008. The Eastern Partnership was inaugurated by the European Union in Prague, Czech Republic on 7 May 2009. The first meeting of foreign ministers in the framework of the Eastern Partnership was held on 8 December 2009 in Brussels.   read more…

The European Union: Presidency of the Council of the European Union

1 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Editorial, European Union Reading Time:  51 minutes

The presidency of the Council of the European Union is responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the member states of the EU every six months. The presidency is not an individual, but rather the position is held by a national government. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the “president of the European Union“. The presidency’s function is to chair meetings of the Council, determine its agendas, set a work programme and facilitate dialogue both at Council meetings and with other EU institutions. The presidency is currently, as of July 2020, held by Germany. Three successive presidencies are known as presidency trios. The current trio (2020–21) is made up of Germany (July–December 2020), Portugal (January–June 2021) and Slovenia (July–December 2021).   read more…

The European Union: Coronavirus Pandemic

30 March 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Editorial, European Union Reading Time:  1040 minutes

(Latest update: 23 August 2022) Over the coming months, the world will now experience not only how individual states will deal with the global coronavirus pandemic, but also how governments can or cannot intercept the consequences. It can be observed in real time how a real and worldwide crisis is reacted to, who has made provisions and built up reserves or has only wobbled. Already the unemployment numbers and the number of bankruptcies in the first few weeks will provide sufficient information and thus also give an answer to which social and state systems are viable even in crises and take their weakest with them instead of having to leave them behind. It can be assumed that the countries will cope best with the crisis, that are regularly accused of charging too high taxes and having too strong social systems in “regular times” (some Americans would even call it “pure socialism” until a big crises hit in. Then more and more people are questioning why the richest country in the world cannot provide as excellent social security as Germany has for decades – everything always has its advantages and disadvantages), because these countries can now set their full strength come into effect and let it unfold. Whatever the outcome of this “competition” will be, let us all remain prudent, relaxed, reasonable and show solidarity and, of course, let’s stay at home if possible, because the more people abide by the rules, the sooner we can get this spook under control. Even if it will take months before a vaccine will be available, we shouldn’t give the virus the pleasure to let destroy us socially and economically. Stay healthy and #flattenthecurve #StayHomeSaveLives #Coronavirus #covid19 (Coronavirus warning app for Germany)   read more…

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