Thursday, March 29, 2012

EU looks to Russia

The European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2012 is one of the reports of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR, its acronym in English) was trying to assess how European foreign policy in 2011, its capacity to act and influence Europe has had on the global map. In this second edition discusses among other things: the crisis of the euro, the Arab Spring and the growing leadership of Germany. For the study has had 57 researchers from across Europe, which in turn have interviewed 270 analysts.The conclusions of this expert group, Europe has got bad grades in some subjects. That report shows that the continent's foreign policy has become even more fragile because of the economic crisis in North Africa, following the Arab spring, Europe's response has been delayed, the role of this is subject to United States and has been an uncoordinated diplomacy in its relations with China.

"In the presentation Javier Solana spoke on the role of the European Union during and after the economic crisis.

For the former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, former secretary general of NATO and former minister of Spain, is a "grave error" the smear campaign against the EU exists. "There is no EU country you can get out of the crisis alone," and this is in your opinion what needs to convey to the public, and not dwell on the European Union is to blame for everything, although it is true you have to find a formula to break the deadlock which is Europe. At the conference, Solana said: "In 40 years there will be no European country among the 10 world powers", this can only be avoided if there is a real cohesion between the countries of the EU. Looking at the evolution of countries since the fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 through 2011, we see that today the United States advances, (there is an economic rebound and a real growth of 3%), China continues to grow (though less, has increased from 10% to 7%), and yet the economy continues paralyzed Europe. "The global economic problem has much to do with what happens within the EU. Our imbalance is in our households." But Javier Solana argues that we must look to the future, "because of the crisis we're going out", and it is time to think in the coming time, the post-crisis time. "The euro has made things very good, and was designed for good times, but not thought how it would behave when he got the wind and snow, and the European Commission was not up to it."However, progress has been made on who deserves to stop. According to experts, EU relations with Russia and Eastern Europe has been positive both in the economic and political affairs, although the rise to the presidency of Vladimir Putin casts uncertainty over the future. The report also includes Spain, France, Finland, Italy and Greece have joined in its visa policy towards Russia and proposed to expedite the processing of visa applications for citizens in these countries.

Think long term, the current president of the Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics at ESADE and member of the Executive Committee of the ECFR, believes the EU should put attention in several directions. The EU should establish strong links with Poland, which eventually entering the union and whose inclusion changes the balance of power, and status of some countries like Germany. We will have to intensify relations with Turkey and above all, be seized and intensify relations with Russia.Precisely on the health of the bilateral relations between the EU and Russia spoke with Javier Solana. "I am quite optimistic about these relationships. Let's see what happens with the arrival of President Putin. Modernization plans on the table and we are working together, have an extraordinarily powerful journey, and I hope these go ahead with the best intentions on both sides. "

Especially now explains that we must intensify relations as Russia together with Ukraine have joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). This income has been instrumental in his opinion is of great importance:

"Having a relationship with Russia is a necessary and obvious. The crisis we all a little off center, and many, many, but resolved the crisis, we should take off in a more united than we are now with the issues resolved between us . No doubt this will help the global economy. That Russia is in the World Trade Organization is very important. Look how they have changed the relations of the European Union and China, from the economic level, through the entry of China into the WTO. "

As a last point added that one of the urgent duties to be undertaken by the European Union is to achieve a positive image in public opinion. "It is essential that there is a section of society that is convinced of the role of the EU in the world, and to understand that European countries should agree to cede some sovereignty," said Javier Solana something that seems basic and necessary to keep the European Union in good health."

look JS seems to still caring a lot about his job outlined in his former jobdescitption filed under offical EU document no. 666:

Official Documents | European Commission | Secretariat-General |

General Report 1998 - Chapter V: Role of the Union in the world

Section 1: Common foreign and security policy (3/24)

666. In December the Vienna European Council expressed the opinion that the Secretary-General of the Council and High Representative for the CFSP should be appointed as soon as possible and be a personality with a strong political profile. It invited the Council to prepare common strategies on Russia, Ukraine, the Mediterranean region and the western Balkans, on the understanding that the first would be Russia


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Conference The State of the Union 2012 (Florence 9-10 May 2012)

LogoThe European University Institute (EUI) is pleased to inform you that the 2012 edition of The State of the Union, will take place on 9 -10 May at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy.
The Conference gathers high-level opinion leaders to discuss and debate the future of the European Union. Among the participants are: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; Mario Monti, Prime Minister of Italy; Olli Rehn, Vice President, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission; Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, European Commission; Matteo Renzi, Mayor, City of Florence; Tony Barber, Europe Editor, Financial Times; Jean-François Cirelli, President, Eurogas and President, Gaz de France-Suez; Fulvio Conti, CEO Enel; Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science, UC Berkeley; Jürgen Groβmann, CEO, RWE; Mark Leonard, Director, European Council on Foreign Relations; Philip Lowe, Director-General, European Commission – DG Energy; Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, President, Ferrari S.p.a; Paolo Scaroni, CEO, ENI; Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University and Former Director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State and Javier Solana, President of ESADEgeo and Former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy.
On 9 May there are two sessions: Economic Governance for Europe and The EU in a New World. The first session addresses questions regarding the European sovereign debt crisis and the current challenges of the Eurozone and Europe as a whole, while the second session focuses on the challenges of globalisation and on the role of the EU as a global actor. On 10 May the Conference is entirely dedicated to assessing EU energy policy and is structured in four sessions: Achieving an Internal Market; Mitigating Climate Change; Implementing Security of Supply and 3 Energy Pillars or 3 Energy Policies? The Financial Times is the Official International Press Media Partner in Print for ‘The State of the Union 2012’.

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