Iako je Hrvatska danas jedna od najpopularnijih turističkih destinacija na Balkanu i u ovom dijelu Evrope na političkom i ekonomskom planu joj baš i ne cvjetaju ruže. Već šestu godinu za redom Hrvatska ekonomija i cjelokupna država se nalaze u stanju recesije, bolne reforme koje je najavljivao premijer Zoran Milanović kada je preuzeo hrvatsku Vladu 2011. nisu reazlizirane, a ulazak u EU nije donio mnogo dobra. Ugledni britanski ekonomski časopis The Economist upozorava da je Hrvatska bolesna i da je još jedan problem na listi mnogobrojnih koje ima EU danas.
SURREY – British Columbia’s second largest and probably the fastest developing municipal area, Surrey, was one of the most important places to be on Thursday’s morning gathering in one sole location business, political and expert communities to discuss current and future economic development, political impact on it and need to run business on different model if society wants to be successful or able to provide all needs to future generations. Blending together experienced economic experts and writers, following with inspirational Kielburger brother duo, and closing circle with two former US Presidents organizers offer great chance to approximately 500 people to understand current economic, society and political challenges, considering what’s the best option for the future or which approach will give the best results in domestic or international relations. Continue reading
SURREY – In exactly two weeks Surrey, BC’s second largest municipal centre and one of the rare communities which didn’t stop their development in recession times, will be centre of financial and economical world. Several hundred businessmen, community leaders, politicians and journalists will together for one day event in effort to discuss current situation, probably to predict future events or just to sent message to world of politics how to fight with current problems. Feature conversation on Fourth Surrey Regional Economic Summit will be hour and fifteen minutes long conversation with two former US presidents Bill Clinton and G.W. Bush. Continue reading
Political and leadership situation in Canada is not one of the most usual news articles in world media but London based and influential The Economist Magazines finds space and interest for Canada from time to time. Latest issue brings short but educative article on current situation in Canadian politics including leadership “fight” between Michael Ignatieff and Stephen Harper, this article also portraits situation in Ignatieff’s Liberal Party.
Serbia filled a resolution to the UN without previously promised consultations with the biggest world powers, and entered to a new very risky phase and is also gambling with its candidacy for the EU membership. Pressure from EU and five biggest powers in UN Security Council resulted in request to official Belgrade to withdraw its resolution followed by warning that Serbia cannot expect European integration should it continue acting in this manner.
Serbian media are reporting that is not secret that Germany and the Great Britain conditioned debating over Serbia’s candidate status for the EU membership as early as this spring with Serbia’s behaviour towards Kosovo and at the UN. British highest representative in Serbia, Ambassador Steven Wordsworth, presented official stand of Foreign Office in an interview to the BBC saying that the text of Serbia’s resolution in unacceptable and that EU is surprised at Serbia’s move. He also called Belgrade to return to consultations with EU over the text of the resolution explaining that consultations began week ago. According to sources in Prishtina Kosovo government is also preparing its resolution to the UN, and Serbia’s move was intended to be first country that will present its resolution so in afterwards procedure Kosovo’s resolution would become just dead word on the paper. EU Foreign Affair Commissioner, Baroness Ashton, works on EU resolution which recognises ICJ’s advisory and nonbinding opinion and calls both sides on constructive and productive negotiations over future relations between neighbouring countries.
British Ambassador explained that Serbian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called representatives of Quinta countries (GB, US, Italy, France and Germany) asking for their comments on proposed resolution.
“That is why we have been surprised at the information we received later that day that Serbia had already filed to the UN the draft of its resolution without previous information being sent to the EU officials of the Quinta”, said Mr. Wordsworth.
Blic Newspapers learned unofficially that the representatives of Quinta were forces to write down the resolution by themselves since they don’t received any official document from Serbian FM. Basically resolution draft was dictated to the Quinta representatives, diplomatic circles described this move as ‘insulting’ and failing to act as it was agreed previously caused ‘loss of trust’ towards Serbian officials.
“If Serbia does not return to consultations with the EU over the resolution, it is very likely that 22 countries or possibly all 27 EU members shall file their own text of the resolution to the UN”, said anonymous diplomatic official to the Blic.
U.S. who strongly supports Kosovo’s independence released official statement regretting Serbia’s submission of the resolution to the UN.
“We regret that Serbia failed to take part in serious consultations before it had submitted its own resolution because a consensus could have been reached about a text which might be supported by all parties concerned”, said in the statement.
Two respected experts Vladimir Todoric, editor of the “Serbian Legal Review”, and former Serbian Ambassador to France, Predrag Simic are convinced that this move will caused many problems to the Serbian state and further international relations.
“It shall be very difficult for the Serbian resolution to secure majority at the UN General Assembly without the EU support. This act is a confrontation with the powers of the West. I think there is still room for agreement with the EU over the resolution”, said Mr. Todoric.
In current issue of The Economist presented well-articulated article on ICJ’s nonbinding rule. The Economist recognizes several reason why certain countries doesn’t recognized Kosovo as an impendent state including such as Russia, China, India and Spain. More facts you can read in following chart.
The Economist portraits Canadian PM Stephen Harper as new Israel`s friend in North America. In quick review of Canadian-Israel relations since Mr. Harper is in PM Office The Economist says that he waste little time in changing Canada`s traditionally even-handed stance towards Middle East. They also wrote that since US-Israel relations are stranded in time of Barack Obama presidency, also they seen Canada-Israel relations in this period more tied and more friendly than before.
“It is hard to find a country friendlier to Israel than Canada these days”, The Economist quotes ultraconservative Israel`s Foreign Affair minister Avigdor Lieberman.
For those ones who are not familiar with Harpers moves in favour of Israel is good to read a part of The Economist text where it says that one of his first moves as PM was to cut funding to Palestinian Authority after Hamas`s victory in legislation elections in 2006. In same year Harper calls “measured” Israel`s controversial pounding in neighbour Southern Lebanon, he continues to stand behind his word even after Israel forces killed several Canadians including UN peacekeeper.
Amazing statement in favour of Israel was given by then Canadian Foreign Affair Minister Peter McKay who said that “it`s not a difficult choice between siding with democracy that`s being attacked by terrorists and a group of cold-blood killers.” This statement didn`t bring nothing good in peace process on the Middle East, and just give a new boost to Israeli Army to attack Gaza and Palestinian Territories claiming terrorist attacks. Since 2006 Harpers government didn`t change a position in favour of two-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian conflict and six decades of problems not only for Middle East but for whole democratic world.
In many occasion Harper and his minister for foreign affairs pledged their support for Israeli position in international institutions including United Nations. Since pro-Israeli groups accused UN Relief and Food Agency for infiltration by Hamas Canadian government cuts her assistance to this programme for 4.7m of Palestinian refugees spread all over Middle East especially in neighbouring countries as Syria, Jordan and Egypt. The Economist also remembers on occasional statements by junior ministers that “an attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada”.
Cut of $7m CAD for KAIROS, Christian charity, which is accused by Canadian government for Anti-Semitism, is judged by The Economist as trick to shift Canadian public support in favour of Israel. They also appointed on a grant for Canadian Arab Foundation of $447,000 CAD which is axed in March of last year after this organisation president called immigration minister Jason Kenney a “professional whore” for denouncing the flying of Hamas and Hizbullah flags at a protest.
The Economist concludes that many Canadians are not comfortable with clear taking of sides in this issue by Harper`s administration. Some observers believe that Mr. Harper is in favour to Israel because he need votes from large Jewish populations in Toronto and Montreal, for many of them one of the most important reasons are his own conservative beliefs and that is reason why Mr. Harper is usually portrayed as conviction politician.