Well well well. In the spirit of the new GC design celebrating short comments, here is my 50 cents. It’s prompted by a blog post in my native tongue, Danish, which most of you will be unable to read (don’t trust google translate with minor languages): http://mchangama.blogs.berlingske.dk/2011/06/12/evigt-solskin-i-et-pletfrit-sind/.
Anyway the post is by thorough nice guy and chief legal officer for the Danish liberal think-tank, CEPOS, Jacob Mchangama. It’s not very serious but concerns some ridiculous law-proposals over the last few years that he has stumbled upon.
History Repeating Itself. full post
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In a bid to edge closer to EU membership Turkish leaders like to portray their country as the gateway between the West and the Middle East. The argument is that Turkey sits on a geostrategically important position that EU and the West needs in order manage its relations with the Middle East. Underlying the argument is that Turkey is only willing/able to perform the role as broker if they are admitted into EU.
As part of his campaign leading up to the EU Parliament elections June 7th the former vice prime minister and frontrunner for the conservatives Bendt Bendtsen (cons.) told media that he did not think that Turkey should ever achieve full membership of EU. Instead he would offer Turkey a privileged partnership. He is cited in the media mostly as referring to the German CDU for justification. Himself neither very brave nor a great thinker it may actually be true that he has to hide behind the Germans instead of just sticking to his guns.
Turkey Has No Place in EU full post
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So Denmark participates in the Durban Review Conference set to last April 20-24th 2009. Yesterday the Foreign Ministry announced that Denmark would go along with the majority of nations in EU and apparently that means we are going. Not a very principled stance if you ask me.
Whereas EU unity on any kind of foreign policy issue would be preferable, weighing that illusion over the very real prospect of giving in to various oppressive regimes’ idea of human rights is very worrying indeed.
Durban Review Conference still a sham full post
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In relation to my previous post I want to point out an important issue playing out in the shadow of that conflict.
Turkey is trying to gain membership to the EU using among other arguments the claim that, as a member, Turkey would be in a better position to act as a mediator between the West and the Islamic countries.
I am personally strongly against Turkey’s membership but if there is ONE place where Turkey actually could prove that there is a shadow of truth in their claim then this mess with the Durban II conference is it. Because:
Showtime for Turkey full post
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