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Why the EU is not yet a mature development partner

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Nils-Sjard Schulz

At the heart of current global development policies, the partnership paradigm shows how donors and developing countries relate to each other: on the basis of joint agreements on individual and mutual commitments. The partnership paradigm helped to overcome aid fatigue and disenchantment with the often disastrous outcomes of the previous paradigm; the Washington Consensus and its Structural Adjustment Programmes. Initiated with a rethinking at the DAC level and new policy frameworks at the World Bank, donors and recipients of aid (re-dubbed ‘partner countries’) engaged in the design of the new development architecture, clarifying aims (in the 2000  Millennium Development Goals, which include a global partnership for development), resources (in the 2002 Monterrey Consensus) and practices for delivery (in the 2005 Paris Declaration). More consistent leadership of the developing countries and better donor contributions to their development processes – within a strengthened mutual accountability – have helped to create a better partnership and have ultimately enhanced development results.

New Challenges, New Beginnings: Next Steps in European Development Coop

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European Think-Tanks Group
February 2010

The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, and the arrival in  Brussels of a new leadership team, together provide an opportunity to re-invigorate European collaboration and collective action in the realm of international development. In this publication, we lay out the new challenges. They range from the aftermath of the food, fuel and financial crises, to the impact of climate change and a host of other developments, including rapid urbanisation and demographic change. New global challenges require new thinking, not least in the sphere of global collective action: multilateralism will be the mantra of our age. Europe is itself at a cross-roads, emerging from an eight-year period of introspection with a new treaty which provides a mandate, not for centralisation, but for greater cooperation.

The EU’s Eastern Partnership: One year backwards

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May 2010
Jos Boonstra, Senior Researcher, FRIDE.
Natalia Shapovalova, Researcher, FRIDE.

Almost two years have passed since the Polish-Swedish proposal of the new policy towards the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood was presented in Brussels and one year since the Eastern Partnership was endorsed at the inaugurating summit in Prague in May 2009. On the one hand, the Eastern Partnership has been praised as a step towards further differentiation between Southern and Eastern neighbours within the ENP and a timely initiative to reinforce the ENP’s Eastern dimension, just after the Southern one was reinvigorated through the Union for the Mediterranean.

The Debt Crisis in the Euro Area: Interest and Passions

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Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa is President of Notre Europe and Chairman of Promontory Europe. He was Italian Minister of Economy and Finance (2006-08) and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMFC, 2007-2008). He is a former Chairman of the Trustees of the IASC Foundation  (International Accounting Standard Committee,  2005-2006). In 1998-2005 he was member of the first Executive Board of the European Central Bank. Previously he was Chairman of Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB, 1997-98), Deputy Director General of the Banca d’Italia (1984-97) and Director General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the Commission of the European Communities  (1979-83). He has been Joint Secretary to the Delors Committee (1988-89), Chairman of the Banking Advisory Committee of the EC (1988-91) , Chairman of the Basle Committee on Banking Supervision (1993-97) and Chairman of the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (2000-05). He is the author of a number of books and articles on economic and financial matters as well as on European and internationa affairs. Recent books include Contre la courte vue : entretiens sur le Grand Krach (Odile Jacob, 2009), The Euro and its Central Bank (MIT Press, 2004), Regulating Finance’(Oxford University Press, 2004) et Europe, a Civil Power(The Federal Trust, 2004 He graduated from the Luigi Bocconi University and has a M.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Minarets, silent symbols of Islam and their importance in the European public sphere

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Nilüfer Göle
Translated by Francesca Simmons
©2010 Reset Dialogues on Civilizations

Islam becomes a political and cultural source for identifying immigrants, their quest for acknowledgment. They in turn manifest their particular citizenship within the European public arena. This visibility marks the end of a stage in the migratory phenomenon, that of integration, as well as experiences and ways of appropriating the public sphere in Europe. It is the difficulty in acknowledging this passage from foreigner to citizen that lies beneath the controversies surrounding Islam. The concept of acknowledging Islam and Muslims as a phenomenon endogenous to Swiss society has been rejected.

Nilüfer Göle is Director of studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and the author of "Interpénétrations: l’Islam et l’Europe", published by Galaade éditions, 2005.