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EU’s visa-freedom dividing Balkans

Posted by AriRusila on 25/07/09

The “European perspective” is key concept for integrating western Balkans into EU. The main carrot for ordinary people during this millennium has been visa-free travel after some 17 years of isolation. On 15th July 2009, the European Commission submitted its proposal on visa-free travel for citizens of Western Balkans countries. After a non-binding opinion of [...]

Srebrenica again – Hoax or Massacre?

Posted by AriRusila on 19/07/09

The “Srebrenica massacre” is the greatest triumph of  propaganda to emerge from the Balkan wars.(Edward Herman) The Srebrenica case is in headlines again – like during every anniversary – and also the story seems repeat itself from year to year. More light is however coming and the real (political) context is gaining space also in [...]

Some trivia over EP election in Finland

Posted by AriRusila on 09/06/09

From Finland came 13 MEPs, 3 Conservatives, 3 from Center party, 2 Social democrats, 2 greens, and one from True Finn party, Swedish party and Christian Democrats.  The turnout was 40,2 % which was nearly one % less than during previous election 2004.  As I was following elections in Belgrade -or honestly not-following due the [...]

Will EP elections bring a Hamas phenomenon inside EU?

Posted by AriRusila on 06/06/09

EU is the largest single market in the world and the biggest donor in humanitarian aid, providing 56 percent of assistance to developing countries worldwide. With this background it’s sad that the foreign affairs – CFSP, ESDP – is presumably the ‘weakest link’ of the EU. Earlier I have criticized EU too much following agenda [...]

EU’s Kosovo mission widening – Minority situation worsening

Posted by AriRusila on 30/05/09

The new report made by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) gives a bare picture about worsening situation of minority rights in today’s Kosovo.  Instead to return to their homes after ethnic cleansing implemented by Kosovo Albanians after Nato intervention 1999 minorities are beginning to leave Kosovo, because they face exclusion and discrimination. This negative process [...]

I voted!

Posted by AriRusila on 27/05/09

Today I voted in advance for European Parliament elections as during election Day I will enjoy my life in Belgrade.  If someone has been reading my posts a just question would be Why?  Although in general I more like than dislike EU and am familiar in European environment – especially in its eastern parts – [...]

Europe Day Finnish way

Posted by AriRusila on 10/05/09

Due the election year Europe Day’s main event in Helsinki, Finland, got quite high level speakers. The Day was celebrated in amusement park, the Finnish Commissioner, Prime minister and Minister of Europe affairs spoke, MEPs had a panel discussion, also a number of MEP candidates were there. Only one was missing – the audience. The [...]

UN death camps, EU money, local negligence

Posted by AriRusila on 02/05/09

I was just watching a film“UN death camps in Kosovo April 2009” about protest which was hold by Roma children living in UN camps in North Mitrovica, Kosovo.  The protesters however were still living, so far 81 has already dead after ten years suffering in United Nations Camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), living in [...]

Russia’s new Security and Energy Initiatives

Posted by AriRusila on 26/04/09

Two new proposals related to European security and energy cooperation was made last week by Russia. During official state visit in Finland Russia’s President Dimitry Medvedev gave a key note speech in Helsinki on April 20th outlining a “new European security structure”. Same day Russia made public goals and principles of new framework for energy [...]

Twitter revolution – no coup d’etat but big drama anyway

Posted by AriRusila on 20/04/09

Twitter revolution did not change government in Moldova but created big drama instead including a couple of conspiracy theories and “fast-track” mini enlargement of EU with one million new EU citizens while same time Moldova possibly losing a quarter its citizens. So a relatively small improvised demonstration can lead its (mis)use for possible purposeful utilization [...]

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