EU-China-Africa Trilateral Relations:
A New Trend in International Relations
Author : E-International Relations
In the context of an emerging multipolar international system, the growing influence of China in Africa deserves special attention. The intensification of Sino-African relations bears important consequences for the European Union, which traditionally considers Africa as its own backyard. As relations between China and Africa are developing rapidly, the EU is realising that if it wants to remain a relevant international player, it needs to refocus attention on the African continent while expanding its relations with China.
Award-winning Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu just published his third book in Germany. He talks about what’s wrong with the label "immigrant fiction" and the lessons to be learned from Ferguson.
Some reactions to “globalisation,” understood as an expansion of systemic structures to the detriment of “worlds of life,” have been attempts to try to explain and even legitimise nationalism. In an increasingly uprooted and cosmopolitan world, national identities are the would-be refuge of subjectivity. However, if Marxism has traditionally conceived nationalism as a force at the heel of minority social interests, it appears to us more fundamentally as a therapeutic model; national identities could thus overcome the anxiety resulting from deficient forms of socialisation with an anomic bias.
Federica Mogherini’s appointment as the new European Union foreign policy chief offers an opportunity for an overhaul of EU foreign and security policy. With many EU leaders, ministers and senior officials slow to respond to world events given Europe’s traditionally long summer break, the 2014 summer of death and violence has left the reputation of “Global Europe” in tatters, highlighting the EU’s apparent disconnect from the bleak reality surrounding it. When she takes charge in November along with other members of the new European Commission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, Mogherini’s first priority must be to restore Europe’s credibility in an increasingly volatile and chaotic global landscape.
Governments wanting to limit impunity for the most serious international crimes should look to the examples of three European countries showing leadership in this area, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Specialized war crimes units composed of police, prosecutors, and immigration officials have the means to bring those responsible for atrocity crimes worldwide to justice and to ensure that war criminals don’t find safe haven when they flee their own country.
L'inégalité des dépenses nationales consacrées à l'espace
Author : Ministère de l'Education nationale (France)
En ce qui concerne le montant des budgets spatiaux, on ne peut que constater le rôle gigantesque et complètement disproportionné des États-Unis par rapport au reste du monde puisqu'ils ne sont suivis que de très loin par l'Europe (avec 5 milliards de dollars) et le Japon. À la différence de la France, il est vrai qu'une culture de l'espace s'est développée chez les Américains et ce, pour des raisons d'ailleurs très diverses, et elle s'illustre, par exemple, par l'existence de cours de «politique spatiale» au sein des universités, des écoles de management ou des administrations.