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After several days of intense negotiations, the conflicting Lebanese parties have reached a compromise that may help the country return to a minimum of internal stability. They have agreed on General Michel Suleiman to be elected as the Lebanese President within the coming few days and to form a coalition government with a total of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was created in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, to bolster the economic development in the Central and Eastern Europe. During the first 16 years of its existence it has extended loans to business and the public sector for an amount of $ 27 billion. It… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

I am a regular visitor to Tunisia. I love this beautiful country with its long sandy beaches, white-washed houses, charming people, clever entrepreneurs and its relatively well-run public administration. No country on the southern shores of the Mediterranean has done better in terms of economic, demographic and educational development than tiny Tunisia during the past… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Syrian Contradictions

More than any country in the MED, Syria remains a harsh authoritarian regime. The hopes for an opening under the “young Assad” have long been dashed. Syria is a police state with severe repression of all those who dare to challenge the undisputed political and economic power of the wide Assad clan. It is much… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

It is almost a year since President Sarkozy has launched his idea for a “Mediterranean Union” uniting all riparian countries in a more intensive form of cooperation than the Barcelona process between the EU and its neighbours in the MED. Today, nothing is left of his initial idea. The name has changed into “Union for… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein