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Monitor European Agenda 6/12 March 2011

Certainly, the theme of this week is the rise of far right in France. The results of a new French poll about potential 2012 presidential candidates offers quantitative support to the emerging consensus that under Marine Le Pen, the French far right is a force to be reckoned with. The new poll has shocked French and European political circles and Western media analysts by showing a far right candidate coming in first place (23 percent of voting intentions). But, according to Jean-Yves Camus, a specialist on France’s far right, the poll’s biggest flaw is the absence of International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn – or DSK, as the French call him — as the likely Socialist candidate.

Estonia’s centre-right coalition government won out Sunday in the Baltic state’s general election after winning a clear majority in parliament with a total of 56 seats, according to results from the national electoral commission.

Predictably, Ramzan Kadyrov was elected for the second consecutive mandat, the president of Chechnya, an autonomous republic within the Russian Federation. Itar-Tass agency reports that Chechen MPs voted unanimously for Kadyrov’s candidacy. The president said that Chechen Republic is part of the Russian Federation and the Chechen people is its defender.

Faithful to a discrete policy like the ostrich with head in the sand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania on March 8 will have a new round of US bilateral negotiations on anti-missile shield. According to an announcement posted on the website of the institution, the Romanian delegation will be headed by Bogdan Aurescu Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs in the Foreign Ministry, and will have an inter-institutional structure. The U.S. delegation will be headed by Frank Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for arms control.
The two delegations will continue, given the positive results of previous rounds, the negotiation of the legal framework which will regulate bilateral cooperation in missile defense. The program will include a meeting between the heads of two delegations to discuss security issues of common interest.

The Political Quarterly 2011 Annual Lecture – David Miliband – Why is the European Left Losing Elections?
8 March 2011, 6.30pm, Old Theatre, London School of Economics and Political Science; “For the first time since the First World War, governments in Britain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Italy come from the centre-right. Is this just an accidental quirk of fate or is it more serious?” An interesting debate in full accord with the theme of the week.

Also, Serbia and Kosovo on March 8 have first round of direct negotiations, mediated by the EU.

A leading expert on contemporary Egypt, the historian and writer Tewfik Aclimandos, as well as Egypt’s ambassador to France Nasser Kamel will be among those taking part in an exchange of views on the situation in Egypt at a meeting of the Sub-Committee on the Middle East of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Paris on 8 March 2011 – 3 p.m. Council of Europe office in Paris (55 Avenue Kléber, Paris 16ème, métro: Boissière).

A current affairs debate on co-operation between the Council of Europe and emerging democracies in the Arab World will be a highlight of a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Paris on 11 March 2011. Other topics to be debated include an opinion on the Draft Council of Europe Convention to Prevent and Combat Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, preserving the environment in the Mediterranean, the need for a global consideration of the human rights implications of biometrics, and “Genetically modified organisms: a solution for the future?”

The parliamentarians will also discuss social measures, education and rehabilition for young offenders as well as the situation of the inhabitants of Rhodes and Kos with a Turkish cultural background. There will also be a report on a code of conduct for rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly.

About European Summit in Brussels on 11, 24 and 25 March 2011 I will write a separate post.

G 20 – a decisive step towards the new world order?

Headquarters of the world has moved for two days in London. The meeting G 20 Summit brought together leading industrial powers, such as the US, Japan and Germany, and also emerging market countries such as China, India, Argentina, Brazil and others – representing 85% of the world economy.

As was predictable, especially in acuteness of crisis, the  meeting of biggest leaders of world  for a new discussion related to the global economic crisis has already attracted numerous critical comments and even violent demonstrations. It follows the first G20 meeting of heads of government which took place last November in Washington.

obama_brownIn a London paralyzed of protesters, President Obama started today with a meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown. At 08.03 hrs, President Obama and his wife were arrived in Downing Street for an early breakfast with Gordon Brown. Also, President Obama will have a separate meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao. They are likely to discuss the global economy and a possible North Korean missile launch. And no more less important, President Obama hopes to reverse a serious slide in relations with Moscow  today when he meets Russian President Dmitri Medvedev for the first time.

About Agenda G 20, and what is likely to happen, what it hopes to accomplish –  back later.

Update: The objective of the London Summit is to bring the world’s biggest economies together to help restore global economic growth through enhanced international coordination. To achieve this requires three commitments by world leaders:

Update.2. Statement by President Barack Obama and President Dmitri Medvedev after the bilateral meeting

Summit NATO Bucharest 2008

Prin gazduirea Summit-ului NATO Romania a castigat
la capitolul imagine pe plan extern

Infierat de unii, laudat la superlativ de altii, Summit-ul NATO de la Bucuresti a avut, ca orice manifestare de o asemenea amploare, si plusuri si minusuri. Succes sau esec? Cred ca adevarul e undeva pe la mijloc.
UN LUCRU e cert insa: pe jumatate abandonat de bucurestenii plecati in vacanta de Summit si cu o uriasa desfasurare de forte de ordine si securitate, Bucurestiul a fost pe timpul celor trei zile ale reuniunii la varf a Aliantei Nord- Atlantice, cel mai linistit si sigur loc de pe pamant. Ba mai mult, presedintele Basescu pare sa fi punctat masiv si din aceasta perspectiva. Greii planetei au fost impresionati de desfasurarea fara incidente majore a Summit-ului, mai ales daca avem in vedere faptul ca reuniunile anterioare s-au lasat cu adevarate lupte de strada intre demonstranti si fortele de ordine.
Si in planul mizelor si deciziilor politice, lucrurile pot fi impartite. Albania si Croatia au avut de castigat prin invitatia de aderare la NATO. Nu acelasi castig de cauza l-a avut si Macedonia, care a fost amanata pana isi va reglementa diferentul pe tema numelui cu Grecia, care de fapt s-a opus vehement invitatiei de aderare. In ceea ce priveste extinderea Aliantei spre Est, nici Ucraina si nici Georgia nu au primit MAP, victoria revenind potrivitanalistilor lui Vladimir Putin. Desi la Bucuresti, presedintele Viktor Iuscenko a incercat sa-si mascheze diplomatic deceptia, reintors in tara, presedintele ucrainean nu si-a mai putut ascunde marea dezamagire. Imediat dupa ce a aterizat la Kiev, Iuscenko si-a demis ambasadorii din Germania si Rusia.
In particular si Georgia s-a aratat dezamagita de decizia NATO de a amana accesul sau la planul de preaderare la Alianta Nord Atlantica. In fapt, castigurile sau pierderile au fost majoritar in planul imaginii. Tarul VladimirPutin n-a obtinut faptic decat o amanare a extinderii NATO spre granitele Rusiei, dar si-a adjudecat aurul pentru rolul de star al Summit-ului, ceea ce ii va permite sa-si incheie mandatul la Kremlin cu o imagine nesifonata. Tot faptic, Georgia si Ucraina vor intra in NATO cand vor fi pregatite, situatia lor actuala fiind mult sub ceea ce era Romania in 1997, celebra sintagma „Keep the way“, spusa Romaniei atunci, fiind binevenita si in cazul celor doua foste republici sovietice. Liderii tarilor Aliantei au decis sa sprijine proiectul scutului anti-racheta din Cehia si Polonia, ba chiar si a amplasarii unui scut de mai mici proportii (cu bani NATO) care sa apere teritoriul statelor membre NATO care raman descoperite. Asa cum anticipam, nici in acest caz nu se punea problema unei decizii definitive, discutiile continuand si la intalnirea de la Soci dintre Bush si Putin (care la randul sau n-a adus nimic nou, cei doi presedinti nereusind sa se puna de acord nici macar in plan declarativ).
Situatia extrem de dificila a Aliantei din Afganistan i-a convins pe liderii statelor membre ca o revizuire a pozitiilor si suplimentarea fortelor existente este necesara. Mai multe tari si-au exprimat intentia de a trimite trupe de sustinere in Afganistan, chiar daca numarul de soldati preconizat sa intareasca misiunile de acolo este inca sub ceea ce ar fi necesar. Un castig este si obtinerea acordului Rusiei pentru tranzitarea spatiului sau cu logistica necesara misiunii din Afganistan.
Romania a castigat masiv la capitolul vizibilitate. George W. Bush a venit, s-a intalnit cu Basescu si s-au pozat pe malul Marii Negre. (Ulterior, Bush s-a pozat identic tot pe malul marii, la Sochi cu ţarul de la Kremlin, semn ca si facatorii de imagine sunt uneori in criza de inspiratie). Lumea intreaga a aflat ca avem inghetata buna, ca sotia presedintelui Basescu e frumoasa si ca mai asteptam putin in problema vizelor. Vladimir Putin a venit, s-a intalnit cu Basescu si chiar l-a invitat la Kremlin. Toti mai marii lumii au stat la masa cu presedintele Basescu. Cateva mii de ziaristi straini vor sti cu siguranta de acum incolo ca Bucuresti, nu Budapesta, e capitala Romaniei. Si daca nimeni n-a plecat cu o bucatica de beton din „palatul megalomanic al lui Ceausescu“ (am citat o renumita publicatie britanica), in schimb au fost luate, probabil pe post de suvenir, calculatoare, lampi de birou si telefoane puse la dispozitie de organizatori pentru buna functionare a Centrului Media. Semn ca integrarea nu e unidirectionala. In rest, a fost un Summit placut!

Gabriela Ionita