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Eastern Europe – between the East and West

... financial standing. “Rather than part to the feast with a fool, better in difficulty with the wise” – Romanian folk saying. Inconsistencies: Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi ? … manifest themselves as trust breakers. Illustratively: in the EU, France and Germany were imposing a 3% budget deficit maximum, while themselves were not capable of taming their own budgets. Similarly, today only naïve EU countries sanction Russia, the sanction-initiators themselves having found finance intermediaries ...

26.10.2023 14:16:43

In Retreat: French Influence in the Sahel Region

France was once home to a far-flung empire in Africa. After World War II, independence movements resulted in the empire’s breakup, followed by the establishment of new post-colonial states. Though France officially left the continent, it still maintained ...

14.09.2023 18:20:00

The Western Guide to Understanding the Russian Soul

... with Monsieur Pierre de Fermor, the President of Friends of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Nice (Les Amis de la Cathédrale Russe de Nice - ACRN) Adriel Kasonta: The St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Nice is recognized as a national monument of France, which was described by Russian Ambassador to France, Alexander Orlov, as “the most beautiful and biggest Russian cathedral outside of Russia”, during the charity event hosted by ACRN on 9 June 2016 at The Negresco in Nice. The cathedral was ...

23.05.2017 16:08:54

2017 French Presidential Elections: a decisive choice for the improvement of Russian-French relations

... Considering the sanctions that have been renewed until July 31st 2017, the fact that François Hollande has refused to meet with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, which can nearly be considered as diplomatic incident as well as the disagreement between France and Russia regarding Syria and Ukraine; relations between the two countries have been at their worst point. As both candidates, François Fillon and Marine Le Pen, keep insisting, the future French government will play a major role in the normalization ...

21.04.2017 00:28:10

Brexistentialism for useful innocents

... by Fox News, by Garry Kasparov writing in The Guardian, and by former U.S. Ambassador Micheal McFaul. Not a very good trust builder for two nations who have pledged to work together to combat extremism. Existentialism, a product of Nazi-occupied France In fact, academic existentialism did not evolve into an “ism” (or an “academic brand”) until 1944, in Nazi-occupied France. It emerged because Hitler's censors are known to have overlooked works by the likes of ...

28.07.2016 07:50:00

A French perspective on the Ukrainian crisis

... only be solved within the European continent. The Normandy format was initiated in Bénouville the 6th of June 2014 at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, with the objective to allow a first encounter between Poroshenko and Putin. France is thus a facilitator for negotiations. It did not sign the Minsk agreements but supported them with a declaration. There are further reasons that make France part of the ‘Normandy Format’. France (under the presidency of Nicolas ...

17.05.2016 11:22:00

Ban Ki-Moon and the charade of transparency

UN propagandists claim that the selection process to name the next secretary general, who will take office before the inauguration of the next U.S. president, will be the most transparent in the history of the organization, which was founded in 1945. But on close examination, the security council recommends a new secretary general based on "a private meeting." This means that the politics and diplomacy that determine who becomes the next leader of the institution, and the roles of NGOs...

12.03.2016 00:51:00

The smog of war

... combined GDP of eight countries-- China, Russia, India, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, South Korea and Indonesia-- will account for about a third of the world economy by 2020. The G7 countries – Germany, the United States, Japan, Great Britain, Canada, France and Italy – will account for just over 40%.” But it is the major economies who are stuck paying the full tab. Here is a list of the world's "Top 20 Most Polluted Cities" courtesy of The World Economic Forum and the ...

23.01.2016 03:25:00

Terror in Paris: Time to Think, & Sit Down, Shutup to the Ideologues

This was written as the Paris attacks unfolded. I have preserved the unfolding nature of the original piece to connect the reader in a deeper sense to what I was feeling as I wrote this. As this historic terrorist attack unfolds, France, Europe, the West, and the Middle East need to really think about what they've been doing and what they are about to do before doing it. This is a time to be smart, but it is also a time to marginalize unhelpful, myopic voices, be they ...

21.11.2015 13:33:00

Sports Diplomacy. Can Sepp Blatter bring unity to a fractious FIFA?

After being told by Henry Kissinger that it was time to “modernize” FIFA president Sepp Blatter has turned football into a money machine that is expanding in Africa the Middle East and Asia, and maintaining a profitable scenario for marketing partners in a troubled global economy. Reflecting on how football has become a global force during his long tenure as FIFA president, Blatter tweeted on March 23rd that... “FIFA, with the positive emotions that football unleashes, is more...

04.04.2015 18:30:00

France : État d’urgence ? (State of emergency?)

Jihadist took over Paris Ø It isn’t the first time France faces radical religious terrorism (Groupe Islamique Armé in the 1990’s). Ø It isn’t the first time terrorist attacks are conducted against Charlie Hebdo (the one in 2011 following the re-publishing of Danish caricatures),...

09.01.2015 19:25:00

Charlie Hebdo: Take a Side

... Minister Bernard Cazeneuve having already confirmed recently that at least 930 French nationals are fighting for the jihad abroad. Even more importantly, their accent and knowledge of the French language betray that they probably originate from inside France. Pointing in the direction of Islamic extremism, only presumably at the moment of this writing, there are the accounts of witnesses who heard the shooters yell “Allahu Akbar” and “We will avenge the Prophet”, and they even ...

08.01.2015 02:17:00

Banking on Bolshevism. Brazil’s “caviar left” spending billions to revive Cuba’s broken communist economy

... semi-indentured labor to gold mining and other extracvtive operations, paying for their passage by doing dangerous work and living in squalid conditions in lawless camps where gambling, drugs, prostitution and disease are rife. To control the influx, Brazil and France both conduct riverine operations along the water thborder between the two nations (the French overseas department of Guiana is Brazil’s direct link to the European Community). A recently completed bridge linking Brazil and France near the ...

07.03.2014 20:01:00

Nuclear geopolitics. Shifting sands along Africa’s Uranium Road

... You don’t see it, feel it or hear it. This view was confirmed recently by Sergey Ivanov, chief of staff for Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin, responding to questions from the international online media platform “RT.” France is an example and it is using nuclear diplomacy to increase its global footprint. France derives around 87 percent of its electricity from nuclear generated power. You don’t hear much about it. Uranium- a retro cold war diplomacy with a ...

19.02.2014 18:44:00

France pivots to Brazil after Paris-Moscow deals

... along the Kursk Salient. Don’t laugh. This face was the basis of one of Brazil’s most successful advertising campaigns promoting a major telecommunications company. Free Trade Between EC and South America Still A Talking Point Brazil and France have jointly called for a free trade zone to expand business between the European Community and the South American Mercosul (Mercosur in Spanish) group that includes Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela. But some EC nations object ...

06.01.2014 08:59:00

Theorising on the Causes of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

Despite the degree of uniqueness stemming from its particular specifics, each case of nuclear weapons proliferation also exemplifies one or more of the five main determinants of a state’s decision to acquire nuclear weapons that have been identified in the relevant literature: security, domestic politics, norms, technology and economics. While recognising the complexity of multi-causality, I would argue that a careful analysis of existing cases leads to sufficient explanations about the general...

19.10.2013 23:17:00

Will the Central African Republic Become Another Mali?

... deaths of South African peacekeepers are unlikely to lead to a regional conflict, although these losses will definitely affect bilateral relations between the Central African Republic and South Africa. – How likely is a military intervention by France, similar to one in Mali? Some observers believe that the French were behind bringing Michel Djotodia to power. Would you agree with that, Natalia? – I don’t think that a Mali scenario will be repeated in the CAR. France will most ...

15.04.2013 17:54:00


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