Da Milorad Dodik, široj javnosti poznatiji kao predsjednik manjeg bh. entiteta, ne postoji trebalo bi ga izmisliti. Bez njegove prisutnosti u političkom životu Bosne i Hercegovine i Balkana bilo bi mnogo manje zanimljivo. Dodik koji se već duže vremena nalazi u silaznoj putanji njegove političke karijere još jednom je preko svoje glasnogovorničke službe poznate kao RTRS zabavio svekoliku javnost. Continue reading
US President Barack Obama is ready to use a military force in Syria, having prepared a significant force in the region as he said ready to act as soon as he makes final decision, but that decision will be made upon debate at the Capitol Hill is concluded and Congress has its say on this matter. Obama as the Commander in Chief expressed his belief that Syrian issue is one of those threatening US national security and one of those unacceptable events in the international relations arena. Both houses of the US Congress will be back on Monday, September 9th, to discuss potential authorization to the President Obama but is unlikely that they would come early to that. Continue reading
US and international military leaders are currently discussing options for a final showdown with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad and his thugs. According to some media reports this operation will be underway as soon as tomorrow and will include several other countries including US key partner United Kingdom. Continue reading
SURREY – European Union recently looks more like Berlin-Paris axis dictatorship rather to be union of equal members of the same club. Hostility which is deployed by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy towards other nations and their leaders is outstanding and doesn’t shows unity of the institution much needed for salvation of the biggest crisis ever. These two who meet either in Berlin or Paris every single week are acting as saviors but none of their measurements didn’t gave any visible results, didn’t move EU closer to salvation and so far they’re pushing three countries down the drain. Some expert and investors are expecting this course mainly set by German leader will certainly drove EU into the bigger crisis even considered much dangerous and globally destructive than it was in 1929. Continue reading
When Rich Coleman announced that he’s not right guy for leadership become clear that we wouldn’t see any other new candidates in the race, excluding Ms. Christy Clark who’s on “vacation” preparing her campaign and waiting for the best moment to announce her intention to become BC premier. Up to this moment only four Liberals decide to throw in the ring their names: Stilwell, Abbott, Falcon and De Jong. One, Coleman, is out claiming that he wants to spend more time with his family, and one is in waiting, Clark who’s suppose to enter the race through the air-waves of “her” CKNW radio station as she promise that last Friday.
Coalition government in UK faced herself with major financial and budget problems as they took the power last month. Prime Minister David Cameron said this week that Britain’s financial situation was even worst then they thought; in his word country will be in years of pain to bring the enormous deficit of £156bn under control.
PM’s bleak prognosis came as part of preparations for emergency post-election budget which will be revealed on June 22nd, on a same day Chancellor George Osborne will set out overall level of budget spending cuts that will apply from next spring.
Osborne’s framework for that budget and the subsequent autumn spending will outline the spending cuts of each individual department. Previously PM Cameron informed public and his colleagues in the Cabinet that all government departments are obligated to prepare and present their own cuts plan in amount of 20% or more; as it is supposed Chancellor Osborne will be judge in this process and further actions will depend on his verdict. The Independent tried to explain government future actions on a budget cuts this week.
“The Government plan to emulate the success of Canada, which eradicated a similar deficit in the mid-1990’s, said the FT, but it faces a much harder task. Canada was acting in the context of a global boom. What’s more, its electorate was prepared: polls showed that 80% of Canadian were worried about their fiscal deficit in the early 1990’s. By contrast, British voters still don’t realise how serious things are: few people backed even the merge £6bn cuts announced for 2010-11”, said The Independent
Chancellor Osborne’s plan is to target welfare payments, middle-class tax breaks and public-sector pensions; during the summer he will held a series of meetings with members of the public, think tanks, voluntary groups and other parties affected by his plan hoping that they will help him to find more ways to identify possible savings.
In same paper Sean O’Grady writes that if government will follow Canadian tactics from mid-1990’s that will lead to the loss of about a million public-sector jobs over the next five years. The Daily Telegraph’s Simon Heffer said that coalition government assumes that they will be able to identify cuts and have the nerve to push them through.
“Canada shows that: some 40,000 public-sector workers lost their jobs under its reforms; hospitals shed nurses or even closed altogether; average class sizes rose from 25 to 35. Canada’s leaders spread their pain by making it clear that nothing was out of bounds, whereas our ruling coalition has ring-fenced health spending, as well as the aid budget, making the impact on other departments more punishing”, said Heffer.
Some commentators are convinced that if this government succeed in their cut plans and budget reform’s after five-year term they will be able to speak about the best economic conditions in living memory, not the worst as it was predicted before May’s general elections called by Labour party.
Newly formed Britain’s government led by duo Cameron-Clegg wants stronger European Union as an international institution of enormous importance to United Kingdom and to British foreign policy in particular. Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in author article published in Europe’s Today magazine presents new stand on cooperation between UK and EU regarding Balkans, Turkey, Russia and Foreign Service led by British representative Lady Ashton.
According to this article Mr. Hague is calling his EU colleagues on cooperation on the important issues in 21st century; he calls for more action on climate change, fighting global poverty, securing energy supplies and economic future of Europe. Many of those issues will be discussed in EU bodies in next few weeks in preparations for next G8/G20 meeting in Muskoka, Canada; is expected that Mr. Hague will continue to work on those issues through his five years in Foreign Office.
“Our common economic future poses a fundamental challenge. Europe’s share of the world’s GDP is set to shrink and the world does not owe us a living. With rise of new economic powers in many industries, Europe has already lost its cost advantage. If we also lose our knowledge advantage our future could be very bleak. Herman Van Rompuy has accurately said, ‘we need more economic growth, now and in the future’ and has rightly identified competitiveness as a key issue”, said Mr. Hague in article.
Beside their euroskepticism Conservatives are according to Mr. Hague convinced that European Union needs enlargement on Balkan and Turkey. Mr. Hague indirectly remembers readers on previous wars on Balkans and shed blood of Europeans in those wars but he also adds that credibility of European foreign affairs depends on effectiveness of its policies there. Interesting fact is that Foreign Seceretary mentioned only one country from Balkans as enormously important to his government.
“The western Balkans are the backyard of the EU, and its credibility in foreign affairs depends on the effectiveness of its policy there. In Bosnia in particular, there is a need for a more muscular and demanding European policy which should be capable of using sticks as well as carrots. There is a strong argument for the threat of targeted sanctions against politicians who undermine the Bosnian state. Bosnia’s economy has grown with foreign aid, but the state has not grown, and today it does not work. The consequences of Bosnia’s disintegration would be catastrophic. The breakdown of the country into independent ethnic statelets would not only reward ethnic cleansing – surely a moral anathema – but would also risk the creation of a failed state in the heart of Europe. A robust approach should focus on a single goal: a central government in Bosnia effective enough to meet the responsibilities of both EU and NATO membership. Success in attaining that aim would be proof to the world of the EU’s seriousness as a regional actor”, said Mr. Hague.
Previous quote from Mr. Hague’s article gives us complete and deliberately prepared program of his government on Bosnia and Herzegovina. Strong messages are sent to other EU members but also to Bosnian politicians. This program indirectly attacks leaders of Republic of Srpska who are in favor of Bosnian dissolution and enlarging Serbian territory on parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sincerely I’ll be glad if current UK government succeeds in this program; that will give boost to Bosnian people to continue their fight for better future. Dissolution of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be catastrophic event for EU and Europe and it will cause domino effect on other countries across continent and EU project will fail. Secretary Hague wants strong central government in Sarajevo; this will be mission impossible if Bosnia and Herzegovina doesn’t get’s new modern and functional constitution instead of current constitution written in Dayton in late 1990’s. Beside new constitution Bosnia needs different approach from EU members; new approach must bring new era of relations towards Bosnia as a state not as test experiment for inexperienced EU bureaucrats.
It seems that new UK’s government wants to improve West-Muslim relations hardly damaged in a mandate of previous Labour governments and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan started by team Bush-Blair. Mr. Hague connects those issues with EU enlargement on Turkey; he is convinced that Turkey’s membership in EU is strong as ever.
“The case for Turkey’s accession to the EU is as strong as ever. As well as offering considerable mutual economic benefits and profoundly strengthening the EU’s security of energy supply, Turkey’s membership would refute those who claim that there is a clash of civilisations between the West and Islam, and would make Turkey an ideal interlocutor between Europe and the Middle East”, says Mr. Hague.
After all new British government will have a lot of homework to do in all those areas especially on cooperation with other member states. They will be forced to fix all previous mistakes leaved to their team after two Labour mandates and sloppy job executed by PM’s Blair and Brown. It stays on hold to see what they will do in the future, but we can say that they had a perspective and marvelously prepared program.