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Treaty establishing Constitution for Europe: Italian perspective

3 December, 2010

In 2001 Silvio Berlusconi became a chairman of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Since that time and up to the 1st of July of the year 2003 when Italy became presiding over the EU – Belgium, Spain, Denmark and Greece were rotating in turn the EU chair. During their presidency four working programs were approved and main European priorities were highlighted, however, only Belgium presidency resulted in a new body creation that would reform the EU – the Convention. This body was chaired by the former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing together with two deputies, Giuliano Amato and Jean-Luc Dehaene as well as member-states representatives. The Convention was aimed at a new treaty elaboration that was conditioned on by objective realia – without a new treaty the existence of the EU would be hardly possible especially after a large-scale EU enlargement in the year 2004. There was a necessity to fasten decision-making process as well. Continue

Phenomenon of international cooperation in Northern Europe (including north-western part of Russia)

23 November, 2010

The origins of international cooperation can be traced back to history. Many IR researches as well as historians connect it with the great end of religious wars in Europe and setting up of the Westphalia system of international relations (ir) (I.Wallerstein[1], S.Huntington[2] etc.). Creating of such ir system gave a concrete impetus to inter-national (nation=state) cooperation. Further development of IR science led to the expansion of “cooperation” definition. Continue

Belgium is a country of contrasts!

22 November, 2010

We’ve arrived to Belgium, to Charleroi airport by Ryanair airlines, the cheapest airlines in Europe. One ticket of Bologna-Belgium destination amounted to 10 euro per person. We’ve planned to visit Antwerp and Brussels. These two cities belong to Flemish part of Belgium, which speaks Dutch and much more economically developed than French part to which Charleroi belongs to. However, Brussels is a francophone. As a result, this very difficult politically-geographical architecture of Belgium made us conclude the following. Continue

Everybody to Amsterdam!

21 November, 2010

Today I am back from the Netherlands, a country where prostitution, homosexual marriages, light drugs and euthanasia are legal. Many will think that such things are weird, but let’s remember the fact that first industrial revolution took place in the Netherlands in the 15th century while the rest of Europe continued to be medieval. Probably, such scenario will be attractive for some other countries but definitely not Russia. Enough to state the fact that in “European capital” of Russia which is St.Petersburg gay-parade was seriously suppressed in November 2010 and not by authorities but by citizens.

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