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Merry Christmas, Romania

December 23, 2010

Today, 23 December, a 43-year old man jumped from one of the balconies of the Romanian parliament, during a session.

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Frontex 4: Raw Material For Securitisation

November 28, 2010

At the beginning of September a call for expressions of interest in demonstrating at Frontex’s Research and Development workshop “Small UAVs and Fixed systems for Land border surveillance” to take place in Bulgaria on October 19th appeared at Frontex’s website.

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Frontex 3: A Baby Institution with Super Powers

November 26, 2010

A brief research on what Frontex mandate includes today exposes an organisation, which in five years of existence, has astonishingly grown from marginal into a giant at the heart of migration and security policy as well as European external relations.

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Frontex 2: Rising into the heart of European security politics

November 23, 2010

The anxiety of the voice on the other side of the line intensifies when it becomes clear that this phone call is about Frontex. “We have no clear picture who controls them and what is the extent of responsibility Frontex ought to take” says Franziska Keller, Member of the European Parliament with the alliance of Greens/European Free Alliance.

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FRONTEX 1: Looking for a permanent crisis, to settle in

November 18, 2010

Five years after its birth Frontexis rising into the heart of European Security Politics. But while praise is arriving from European Member States for its contribution and professional approach in curbing migration influxes in Europe, important questions about the structure, policies and strategies of the organisation remain out of the spotlight…

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Το Βελιγραδι απο τη δυση στην ανατολη

September 25, 2010

Ο ψηλός με το περίεργο ραδιενεργό ξανθό τσουλούφι και το βαριεστημένο μισομεθυσμένο βλέμμα που κάθεται απέναντι είναι αυτή τη στιγμή μια απο της πιο αναγνωρίσιμες φάτσες στη Σερβία. Δεν θα στοιχημάτιζα σε αυτό ούτε τα τελευταία πέντε μου ευρώ εάν δεν με πληροφορούσαν ότι πρόκειται για το μεγάλο χαμένο του Σέρβικου Μπικ Μπραδερ που παρεμπιπτόντως ήταν ένα απο τα πιο δημοφιλή προγράμματα στη χώρα. Τώρα το πως ένα δυτικοφερτο σόου έχει τέτοια πέραση σε μια χώρα που περισσότεροι απο τους μισούς κατοίκους νιώθουν αναγούλα στο άκουσμα της λέξης ‘δύση’ χωράει πολύ κουβέντα. Αργότερα στο ίδιο πάρτι ο Σάσα, ένας καλόκαρδος πιτσιρικάς που κόβοντας τον νομίζεις ότι δεν θα πείραζε ούτε μυρμήγκι εξομολογείται μεθυσμένα ‘εδώ στη Σερβία περιμένουμε πως και πως να σας κάνουν καμιά αλητεία οι Αλβανοί, δικέ μου εσείς οι Έλληνες θα τους λιώσετε, εμάς μας βρήκαν αδύναμους και μόνους και μας την φέρανε αλλά εσείς θα τους λιώσετε, και μετά τους λιώνουμε και παρέα.»

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The Balkans are in need of a modern paradigm

June 9, 2010

Apostolis Fotiadis

Some days ago the Turkish airlines declared interest to purchase the Serbian national carrier ‘JAT’. The same time the uncertain attempt of Greece to tap the bailout mechanism has spread panic in the country and beyond, deepening the undergoing crisis of the monetary union. Beyond their news worthy value, both are consequences provoked by gigantic geopolitical processes that rapidly shape tomorrow’s world. The first one is the result of Turkey’s steady return as a sincere regional power cemented in the strategic doctrine of Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu’s, that envisages the future of his country as a core regional power with ever increasing global ambitions. A strategy pursued by a sophisticated foreign policy that promotes the country’s economic interests and attempts to cure Turkey’s old wounds. Initiatives in the Middle East, rapprochement with Syria and opening up to Iraq, opting for a mediator’s position between the West and Iran over its nuclear ambitions and taking on Israel, because of its aggression against Lebanon and Palestine in various occasions, have been somewhat spectacular and attracted more public attention.

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