Britain is no longer a world power

Britain faces a turning point in its foreign policy; it is no longer capable of delivering the ‘interventions’ its leaders crave, while its much vaunted ‘soft power’ seems so soft as to barely make an impact at all. A change of mindset is needed.

 

The Greek coalition government has nominated defence minister Dimitris Avramopoulos as commissioner in the new EU executive. EurActiv Greece reports.

Gender inequality in Spain: glass ceiling or steel barrier?

From the law of succession to domestic violence, from political representation to the judiciary and the boardroom, from pay to reproductive rights, gender equality in Spain remains a distant goal

 

For everyone else in the UK (40 reasons to support Scottish independence: 40)

Scottish independence would release the rest of the UK from post-imperial Britain and create an opportunity to build a new system for themselves too.

The Gallic Heart of Europe

Project Syndicate by Javier Solana

Perhaps because of its very relevance to the making of Europe, France mistrusts the changes taking place around it – as though the weight of its nationhood were narrowing its horizons. But no country today can remain isolated from globalization, tame it, or lead it alone. So France must look again to Europe and political union

How long does it take to overcome an anti-democratic regime – lessons from Bulgaria

open Democracy News Analysis – by Nikolay Nikolov

The government in Bulgaria has resigned after 404 days of protests. What has changed in the past year and how has it affected the state of democracy in country?

European Regulators Chide Google Over ‘Right to be Forgotten’

Mashable! by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

European regulators are not happy with the way Google has handled the controversial “right to be forgotten” ruling.

 

EU options for ‘Stage 3’ sanctions on Russia highlight underlying confusion

Open Europe blog

Unlike this scale model, the real French Mistral warships will be off the tableAs Greek daily To Vima and the FThave been reporting, there is a draft going around of the EU options paper on possible further sanctions on Russia that will be discussed at today’s meeting of EU ambassadors. The paper includes potential options for ‘Stage 3’ sanctions, and the key ones are:

Poland Facilitated CIA Torture but Wants to Forget About It

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