Global News Journal

History comes alive at Demjanjuk trial

December 3, 2009

Entering the Munich court this week to cover the trial of John Demjanjuk, 89, accused of helping to force 27,900 Jews into gas chambers at an extermination camp in 1943, was like stepping into a history book.

Does the EU need another president?

November 17, 2009

The fact that European Union leaders have not yet reached a consensus on who should become president of the 27-nation bloc, with time running out before a summit on who should  be given the post, has compounded my belief that they should scrap the idea all together.

British foreign minister tries to revive Blair candidacy for EU job

October 26, 2009

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has launched a rearguard action to revive Tony Blair’s candidacy to be president of the European Union.

YOUR TURN TO ASK: Karel De Gucht, EU humanitarian aid chief

By Reuters Staff
October 13, 2009

** This post is from Alertnet, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global  humanitarian news Web site.**

Irish fly from Brussels to push through EU treaty

October 2, 2009

If this morning’s flight from Brussels to Dublin is an indication of how Irish people will vote in Friday’s referendum on the EU’s Lisbon reform treaty, then the result will be an emphatic Yes on Saturday afternoon when the final results are expected to be known.

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Do Guinea’s dark days reveal junta’s colours?

September 29, 2009

In Guinea this week, at least 157 people were killed when security forces opened fire on a demonstration against military junta leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, according to a local rights group.

One dent at a time, Turkey’s nation-state edifice erodes

July 31, 2009

“Happy is he who calls himself a Turk.”

One of the first things that catches your attention when you drive out of the airport of Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, is Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s famous phrase engraved on mountain slopes in big white letters.

Czech presidency gets end-of-term report

July 16, 2009

The Czech Republic has got what amounted to a disappointing end-of-term report from the European Parliament.

EU parliament gets a new head – does anyone care?

July 14, 2009

 Pat Cox, Joseph Borrell, Hans-Gert Poettering and now Jerzy Buzek. What do they have in common ? For those outside the EU bubble in Brussels, Polish conservative Buzek was elected on Tuesday as the new president of the European Parliament, following in the footsteps of the others mentioned above.
    But does anyone really care ?
 I asked on Facebook if anyone could name the previous two presidents and from those of my friends who do not work in any of the European Union institutions, I received numerous responses ranging from Barack Obama to Seamus & Sheila McSpud.

EU President Sweden to lead by example on climate change

July 2, 2009

A lush green residential area in the south of Stockholm embodies Sweden’s determination to lead from the front in its efforts to combat climate change during its presidency of the European Union.