PM Erdoğan links religion to bid to host Olympic Games but his country cannot even issue passports on time for her citizens…

Yes, dear friends,  for some idiosyncratic reasons Turkish State cannot provide new passports on time for ordinary citizens. I have made my application last week but no date is given. We are at the mercy of our officials. And without shame, the PM asks why Muslims countries cannot host Olympic Games… A foreign policy round … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: ACTA, Davos, 3 years old

Booklet: Why You Should Care About ACTA 14 November, 2011 » Campaigns | Intellectual Property Enforcement The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a plurilateral agreement which proposes international standards for enforcement of intellectual property rights. The Agreement, negotiated by a handful of countries1 in coordination with certain parts of industry, is controversial in both process … Read more

Euro roundup: EU legal action against Hungary; Black Women in European Politics…

Black Women in European Politics: from Struggle to Success from Global Voices Online by Vivienne Griffiths Nowadays, it is a common occcurence to witness African-born women having successful careers in Europe. Despite the evident challenges, many of them have also distiguished themselves in politics. Still, it was not so long ago that such success would … Read more

Mr. Sarkozy begins the week with a downgraded country rating… A Eurosphere roundup

France top AAA credit rating lost from BBC News | Europe | World Edition France loses a top AAA credit rating as nine eurozone governments are downgraded by Standard & Poor’s prompting markets to fall. Sarkozy braced for political impact of downgrade from – World, Europe There is no escaping the stigma of France … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Danish Presidency, state of Hungary,

Danish Presidency Press Trip from Jon Worth by Jon Sometimes unexpected doors open thanks to blogging, and next week is one of those circumstances. I am spending four days (Monday-Thursday) in Copenhagen on theDanish Presidency Press Trip. Growth and jobs: Denmark’s EU Council presidency by Grahnlaw Prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and the rest of the … Read more