With climate change at the forefront of many political discussions, many view geoengineering as a necessary complement to emissions reductions initiatives to combat this issue.  Geoengineering, refers to a large-scale effort to modify the environment in order to mitigate the impacts of global climate change.  Instances of geoengineering take many forms, ranging from Solar Radiation …Read More

Judging from what the media have made of the latest gathering of European leaders in Brussels, it came close to a disaster. No decision about Eurobonds or growth was taken. The big elephant in the room – Greece − was barely mentioned. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the new French President Francois Hollande exchanged the customary …Read More

Despite NATO’s reaffirmed commitment to promote peace and security, Ms. Ann-Kristin Otto argues that member states’ divergent opinions on how to address threats, the specter of unrewarding military engagements, and crippling impacts of the international financial crisis pose serious challenges to the basis of international solidarity on which the organization depends. With many European nations …Read More

Heads of State and Government will be gathering in Chicago this weekend for the 2012 NATO Summit, which will be the first to take place on U.S. soil in 13 years. A number of crucial items will be on the agenda, as leaders seek to provide some tangible answers to an array of security questions …Read More

He has done it again. British Prime Minister David Cameron has publicly voiced his deep concerns about the euro zone. London now openly fears a breakup of the common currency and is urging the Continent to integrate further to avoid collapse. In a video conference call on Thursday, Cameron spoke with his German, French and …Read More

The initial German media reaction to Francois Hollande’s election in France has been a mixture of caution, concern and criticism. Hollande’s first trip as President to Berlin next week is being billed as a showdown with Chancellor Merkel, with battle lines drawn over German and French arguments over how to restore growth and stability in …Read More

Many thought the Arab Spring would be a turning point not only across the Middle East region, but also in relations with its neighbors.  Rana Deep Islam argues that the time is ripe for greater EU-Turkey cooperation in addressing ongoing risks — including international terrorism, the spread of WMD, and organized crime.  Can Turkey be …Read More

There is much to digest after elections in a number of European countries this past weekend. Much has been written about the potential impact of the French vote on the current European austerity programs, Germany’s predominance on the continent and the future of the euro. Over the next few weeks, we will discover whether this …Read More

The President of the European Central Bank (ECB) was in heavily fortified Barcelona, Spain today. I believe it is the first time in the history of the ECB that it has had to be shielded from the general public and, in particular, protesters, in such a dramatic way. The police presence was a symbolic reminder …Read More

Germany’s next regional election in Schleswig Holstein on May 6 is like the weather on the northern German coasts: quick to change and unpredictable. There are multiple political equations possible to form the government of a state with less than three million people. But a good part of the focus of attention will be primarily …Read More

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