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EU will grow own rice

As global food prices are soaring, the Doha trade liberalization talks are dead, more and more countries are going back to self-reliance in food. Western European investors are just discovering Romania’s rice paddies, which were build under the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu. The dictator himself prided Romania as a self-sustainable country. As the world price… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Central European Initiative is holding its two-days summit on this weekend. The rather loose regional co-operation is not very high on the international political agenda. The first news I found in English was from the Chinese Xinhua agency. The only news they produced on the Hungarian radio is who abstained from the meeting. The… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Atlantic Review has a useful mesh-up on France’s defence policy. France has signaled over the past few months that it may pursue reintegration into the NATO command structure, which President Charles de Gaulle left in 1966. The more positive reading of this policy shift is that after re-integration Europe will be stronger within NATO… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Globalisation connects people, societies and economies in an unprecedented way, so it is very useful to analyise the stability of countries in a comparative way. The most recent global toolkit is Jane’s Country Risk, which puts the EU in general into a favorable light, but it also highlights possible risks that will effect the lives… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Central and Eastern Europe are full with arguments about how many and what kind of precedents the secession of Kosovo mean for the international community. International relations need precedents, because agreements are slow to take shape, and there are no permanent global institutions to enforce them. In the Kosovo crisis a positive and successful precedent… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal