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Durban will be a non-event

The 17th international climate conference (COP 17) that opened November 28 will not produce any worth while results. This is – unfortunately – a foregone conclusion whatever final declaration might be adopted at the closure in two weeks. The conference cannot be productive for four major reasons. Europe finds itself in the worst economic and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Nine months since the toppling of President Mubarak Egypt continues to be more firmly than ever under control by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Contrary to earlier promises parliamentary elections did not take place in September but are now set for November 29. Presidential elections originally scheduled for November are unlikely to take… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The re-elected Polish government is determined to tackle far-reaching economic and fiscal reforms in order to prepare the country for future uncertainties and challenges. It wants to put its public finances in order in view of joining the Euro-zone when the present crisis will have been resolved.. To that end, it aims at reducing its… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After having given a serious warning in mid-October to the Syrian regime and insisted on stopping violence against peaceful demonstrators the Arab League foreign ministers meeting in distant Morocco have decided to suspend Syrian membership as of November 16. On November 16, they gave Syria another three days respite in return for allowing an Arab… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein