Monday, April 23, 2012


Gonzalez and Javier Solana Francisco Seminars Socrates inaugurated on Campus BBVA


04/23/2012 11:07:05 " BBVA Campus hosts since last Friday and until 22 April, the first edition of Socrates Seminars to be held outside the United States. The Aspen Institute seminars organized by Spain, in collaboration with The Aspen Institute US-address two very topical issues: the relationship between privacy and new technologies and the future of capitalism. Involving young leaders from business, academic and public from Portugal, Italy, Romania, United States and Spain.
The inaugural event was chaired by Francisco González, BBVA Chairman and Javier Solana, president of the Aspen Institute Foundation SpainThe first seminar, "From Facebook to Body Scanners: The Future of Privacy and Technology in the Age of Google", will be moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, law professor at George Washington University and columnist for "The New Republic". Clive Crook, editor of "The Atlantic" and columnist for "Bloomberg", will be responsible for moderating the second seminar, "Capitalism at a Crossroads".
Socrates Seminars, created by The Aspen Institute in the U.S., bringing together young people aged between 28 and 45, from different countries and sectors of civil society, in order to reflect on current issues through discussion led by expert moderators. Using the method of Socratic dialogue, these seminars allow participants to delve into current and pressing challenges and reflect on a vision of responsible leadership. The discussion generated around contemporary texts and guided by facilitators who engage and encourage discussion among participants.
The Aspen Institute USA Socrates has held seminars on many subjects, including the future of power, the relationship between privacy and new technologies; Islam and democracy, China and U.S. relations and the relationship between terrorism and globalization. Among the presenters and guest speakers throughout the years include renowned leaders like Barack Obama, David Gergen, Thomas Friedman, Nouriel Roubini, Wolf Blitzer, Husain Haggani, Joseph Nye and Niall Ferguson.
Moderators
Clive Crook is editor of "The Atlantic" and columnist for "Bloomberg View". Editorial Board Member of the latter, has been Washington's main commentator "Financial Times" and "The Economist". An Englishman, Crook studied at Bolton School and continued his education at Magdalen College, Oxford and the London School of Economics. After a stint in college, worked for the British Treasury and the Government Economic Service of his country and was a consultant with the World Bank. For over 20 years of work in "The Economist", Clive Cook has served as economics correspondent, editor of the Section of Economics and associate editor of the publication.
Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at George Washington University (USA) and one of the Constitutionalists in the country. Educated at the universities of Harvard, Oxford and Yale, he combines his academic work with the legal editor of the magazine "The New Republic". It is also a columnist for media as "The New Yorker", "The Atlantic Monthly" and "The New York Times Magazine" and member of the Brookings Institution (considered one of the "think tank" in the world).
BBVA Campus
Campus Moral is one of the training centers to BBVA Group provides its more than 110,000 employees and its key stakeholders: customers, companies, regulators and opinion leaders.
The Campus BBVA is a meeting place to share knowledge on an ongoing basis and encourage learning through training programs, conferences, forums and seminars on subjects in which both partners BBVA as their are a reference."

Thursday, April 12, 2012

a visionary leader of NATO

"One Bermuda Alliance National Security advisor Jeff Baron met with former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband at a Harvard University event.

Mr Miliband was part of a panel discussion on the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at the university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Mr Baron is taking a course in crisis management.

Javier Solana, former Secretary General of NATO, was on the panel while Nicholas Burns, a former American ambassador and current professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, was moderator.

Dr Solana was a visionary leader of NATO, and I am proud to have served beside NATO as a United Nations peacekeeper in Kosovo,” said Mr Baron.

“I was honoured to speak with him.”

Mr Baron, who served with Bermuda Police Service for ten years, said the course he is taking is one of the top public policy programmes in the world.

“I take my role as Security advisor very seriously, and I will be bringing home ideas from some of the top emergency responders and academic faculty in the world,” he said.

“Bermuda faces considerable risks and challenges, especially in terms of crime, public safety, and natural disasters.

“It is critical that the Government is equipped to protect the public from these risks, and the current Government is not doing enough.”


http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20120411/NEWS01/704119910/-1

a visionary leader of NATO

"One Bermuda Alliance National Security advisor Jeff Baron met with former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband at a Harvard University event.

Mr Miliband was part of a panel discussion on the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at the university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Mr Baron is taking a course in crisis management.

Javier Solana, former Secretary General of NATO, was on the panel while Nicholas Burns, a former American ambassador and current professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, was moderator.

Dr Solana was a visionary leader of NATO, and I am proud to have served beside NATO as a United Nations peacekeeper in Kosovo,” said Mr Baron.

“I was honoured to speak with him.”

Mr Baron, who served with Bermuda Police Service for ten years, said the course he is taking is one of the top public policy programmes in the world.

“I take my role as Security advisor very seriously, and I will be bringing home ideas from some of the top emergency responders and academic faculty in the world,” he said.

“Bermuda faces considerable risks and challenges, especially in terms of crime, public safety, and natural disasters.

“It is critical that the Government is equipped to protect the public from these risks, and the current Government is not doing enough.”


http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20120411/NEWS01/704119910/-1

Europe's Eastern Frontiers: A Conversation with Javier Solana

Stability in Europe’s eastern neighborhood, already precarious, is being further strained. The political prospects of several countries, including Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey and Russia, remain unclear. The region is grappling with the fallout of the economic crisis, and Russia and Turkey, in particular, are threatened by the turmoil in the Arab world.

PARTICIPANTS
On April 13, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings (CUSE) will host former European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana for a discussion on how the European Union (EU) and NATO should engage with Europe’s strategic partners in the East and Southeast. As a former secretary general of NATO and secretary-general of the Council of the European Union, Solana will offer insight into the prospects for future EU and NATO enlargement, the potential impact of the eurozone crisis on the region and how Europeans should attempt to cooperate with their neighbors in tackling global challenges.

Brookings President Strobe Talbott will provide introductory remarks and moderate the discussion. After the program, Solana will take audience questions.

Introduction and Moderator

Strobe Talbott

President, The Brookings Institution

Featured Speaker

Javier Solana

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy


http://www.brookings.edu/events/2012/0413_eastern_frontiers.aspx

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2. Europäische Energiekonferenz - European Energy Conference (E2C)


17.04.2012 - 20.04.2012

"Meeting place for Europe's energy scene 17 to 20 April 2012 in the Maastricht Exhibition and Conference Centre (MECC)

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What is Europe's energy system in the future? What developments have taken place in different energy sectors? What is currently being pursued for a potential technologies, fossil fuel power plants over to nuclear fusion?Three European research organizations, leading international experts from various diversified fields of 17 to 20 April to Maastricht invited to create a common vision for a future European energy system.

Prof. Harald Bolt, member of the Executive Board of Forschungszentrum Jülich, is chairman of the conference. EU Energy Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger has become the patron. As a prelude to talks among other things, the former Secretary General of NATO, Javier Solana, Professor, President of the ESADE Centre for Global Economy and Geopolitics. One of the other plenary lectures held by the CEO of the French CEA Energy Commissioner, Prof.
Bernard Bigot, who will talk about a research and development program for an alternative energy supply without fossil fuels in 2050.

Even former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Steven E. Koonin, Science and Technology Policy Institute, USA, will stand at the lectern, a few days after his visit and public lecture at the Research Centre Jülich on 13 April 2012 (Http://www.fz-juelich.de/conferences/juelichlecture/EN/Home/home_node.html)

To discuss the offer by the European Science Foundation, the European Physical Society and the European Materials Research Society organized E2C representatives from academia, industry and government an opportunity to discuss results and the role of energy research. The multi-day program includes symposia on "Energy Systems and Sustainability", "Science for Energy", "Primary Energy Conversion", "Distribution and Storage", and "Efficient End Use of Energy".

On Friday, 20 April 2012, a panel discussion and press conference on "European Dimension of Energy Research and innovation" rather than Hervé Pero, Head of Unit in DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, Prof. Hans-Jörg Bauer, KIC InnoEnergy, Dr. Beatrix Four Grain Rudolph, chairman of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and Dr. Henrik Bindslev, Chairman of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)."

For more information:
European Energy Conference: http://www.energy-conference.eu


Solana back soon?

"European Jews Petition for Catherine Ashton's Resignation

European Jewish groups ask British Prime Minister to "propose and actively pursue the termination of Catherine Ashton's term of office."
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 4/9/2012, 8:28 PM

Catherine Ashton
Catherine Ashton
Reuters

The European Jewish Union and the European Jewish Parliament asked British Prime Minister David Cameron to “propose and actively pursue the termination of Catherine Ashton's term of office with immediate effect."

The Jewish organizations appealed to the Prime Minister to consider their petition, which calls for Lady Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to “apologise or resign following her inappropriate comments on the horrific events that took place recently in Toulouse.”

Ashton drew parallels between the murder of four Jews in France and circumstances in Hamas-run Gaza.

"So far, this Petition has been signed by thousands throughout Europe, and increasing daily, and we believe that you will want to demonstrate yours and the Government's solidarity with the sentiments expressed in the Petition", the letter said.

The Jewish groups also recalled that while Ashton's term only comes to an end in 2014, the European Council has power to bring about her resignation.

"We would therefore ask you to propose and actively pursue the termination of her term of office with immediate effect before 2014. We would also ask you to make it abundantly clear to the Union that the British Government will not support anyextension of her term when it ends", the letter continued.

The European Jewish Parliament was recently established in Brussels and is composed of 120 members from around 50 countries. The Council serves as a platform for European Jewry and aims at fighting anti-Semitism in Europe.

The letter was signed by Joel Rubinfeld and Vadim Rabynovych, Co-Chairman of the European Jewish Parliament and Tomer Orni, Chief Executive"

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/154625#.T4R9VvDDRoA

Sunday, April 08, 2012

A sit-down with Javier Solana

Former European Council High Representative Javier Solana reacts during the U.S.-European Union Summit
in the Cabinet Room at the White House in a 2009 photo.
Photo by Olivier Douliery /ABACAUSA.COM (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

GlobalPost asked the former Secretary General of the Council of the European Union five questions on the current and still-unfolding crisis of the EU.

"CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – As the former Secretary General of the Council of the European Union and the EU’s High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana presided over a decade of dramatic growth.

From 1999 to 2009, he was the face of the EU and the spirit of a bold assertion of the idea of a nascent body that was in the process of defining itself.

And, well, let’s just say a lot has changed since he left the helm.

The European economic crisis has put the EU in a very uncertain place with many questions swirling about its fate and its future.

Solana, who is now President of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and President of the ESADE Centre for Global Economics and Geopolitics, has spent the last week trying to answer some of those questions at Harvard University. He came to the campus at the invitation of the Kennedy School’s Future of Diplomacy Project headed by former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and former US Ambassador to NATO, R. Nicholas Burns.

GlobalPost was offered an interview with Solana at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, where the graduate students and faculty greeted him like a rock star. I covered Solana as Europe Bureau Chief for the Boston Globe from 2001 to 2006 and had a chance this week to catch up with him. Here are five questions GlobalPost put to Javier Solana on the current and still-unfolding crisis of the EU.

Q: The EU is in a particularly challenging moment. Is it a crisis, a turning point, or how would you characterize the moment?
A: The EU is in the middle of a crisis. There is no doubt about that. And the outcome of this crisis really has two possibilities. It is a kind of fracturing. Or it is a further integration.

Q: How does the EU get through this, and how does it return to growth?
A: The only way out is through more and deeper integration. The return to growth, well, that is a harder question and one that would take a lot of time. The return to growth is going to be a big challenge. One way to start this process is to establish a European fund, a collective investment that would be strategically applied to growth. By only cutting and austerity measures, we will never come out of this situation.

Q: Can we focus on Spain specifically since this is your country? There is 25 percent unemployment there now. How do you possibly turn the corner to growth with that high an unemployment rate?
A: Well, first of all some context. What is considered ‘full employment’ in Spain is always at about an 8 percent. That is because of the nature of the jobs in tourism and in construction, which are temporal and seasonal and fluid. There is a lot of fluidity in the job market and that has always been true. But 25 percent is too much. We risk losing a generation here. A big consideration in this is the fact that Spain has had a dramatic increase in immigration during the last 10 to 15 years. From North Africa and also from Latin America. But what is clear is that a very large number of the unemployed are immigrants. If the jobs are not there for them, they will, I guess, return and they have not returned as yet. But again the key will be growth and finding the way to stimulate the growth.

Q: The labor unions in Spain and across Europe seem weaker than ever. Is that the case and is that an important consideration in understanding the crisis in which the EU finds itself?
A: First of all, yes, labor is weak. True. The working class is disappearing. The big factories that were the basis of the power of the unions no longer exist. At least, not at the level they did in the days when labor was very strong. Smaller companies do not have strong unions and what we see in Spain are small companies. So their potential political representation is also weakened. Another factor to consider here is that the unions were always very national in their focus and the EU is a coordinating body of nations, many nations, and so they (the unions) are weakened by this structural reality as well. I would say in Spain they continue to be important, but, yes, they are weaker. That is not as true in northern Europe, of course, where they are still very strong.

Q: The European Union’s economic instability seems to undercut its diplomatic authority in terms of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the fighting in Syria and the situation with Iran. How does the EU address these issues in the context of crisis?
A: The problems existed before the crisis and will continue to after the crisis. The EU continues to be an important player. The crisis is very difficult but it will be overcome. We will back and learn lessons. And I think one of them will be a recognition that the there really is not a global economic crisis, but a crisis of the rich countries. And when we emerge from this current EU crisis, we will find ourselves in a different world with new challenges. Historically, we have seen a divergence of growth between rich and poor countries. And what is ahead in the future is a convergence of growth. Right now European countries represent 4 out of 10 of the largest economies in the world. In twenty years, they will represent only two. But if the European Union is taken as a whole is in the top two or three and will be for a very, very long time. So again, the idea for the EU is to further integrate and that is the way out of the crisis. And we get out of the crisis, the diplomatic issues will be there and we will always be part of finding solutions to them."

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