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During the last 60 years sub-Sahara Africa has seen an unprecedented population increase growth. In 1950, its total population amounted to some 200 million. Today, it is close to one billion, more than one third of whom illiterate! For the middle of the century, the UN Population Bureau projects more than 2 billion people, four… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Quo vadis Europe?

Europe is presently engaged in an intensive debate related to the crisis of sovereign debt, its governance and the links between citizens and EU institutions. I offer my modest contribution to this debate. The EU will have solved most of its sovereign debt problems by 2020. This follows logically from the progressive, reduction of member… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Solar electricity generated from PV panels and mirrors is due to become one of the leading sources of power generation in the 21st century. It is abundantly available and will become cheaper to produce than fossil or nuclear electricity, due to technological advances in thin-film solar cells and conversion rates of solar irradiation. EU researchers… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

When politicians get bored or frustrated with the jobs for which they are appointed they often “invade” new fields for which they have no particular competence. This seems to be the case with Guido Westerwelle, the German foreign minister. At the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Copenhagen, March 10-12, he has proposed a… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

It is worthwhile taking a look at the perceived corruption levels in Europe, as measured by the Transparency International 2011 global scoreboard that ranks countries between 10 for the best and 0 for the worst performers. There is a visible correlation between countries that are EU members and those that are not, the former obtaining… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The week of February 27th to March 3rd is likely to write history in the short annals of European diplomacy. For the first time, the EU has played tit for tat with Belarus, its annoying Eastern neighbour country that excels above all by its authoritarian, repressive regime. On February 28th the EU foreign ministers condemned… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Syria finds itself in an increasingly murderous civil war. The majority of the people is suffering from repression and brutal onslaughts by the military and security apparatus, while the Free Syrian Army (FSA). essentially composed of deserted soldiers, is fighting desperately to weaken the regime, blowing up gas pipe-lines and vital infrastructure or killing security… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein