by Jānis Urbanovičs
An important component of a serious problem is
that it cannot be resolved. In the best case - complexity of the solution and
huge amount of resources has to be invested. It is a waste not only of money,
but also of human effort and time, which is always in short supply. That is why
the Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris has made it possible for Europe
and the world to understand a very important thing – at present the climate
change is not our main problem - if the compromise in this respect can be
reached this easily. For more impression, this was announced after a demonstratively
extended discussion; clamour caused by the media and NGOs, and it was hailed as
a significant achievement - at the same time being aware that another eruption
of a volcano can be comparable to industrial pollution of a decade. Full article is here.
The most horrible mistake the European Union could make after the massacre in Paris would be any form of "revenge" to those people, who come to us in search of asylum and opportunity for safer life. It would be a victory given as a gift to the terrorists, the implementation of their plan.
by Jānis Urbanovičs
How should the crisis in Ukraine be treated? What are the motives and future plans of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin? What are the scenarios of development of the crisis? What should be the rational action of Latvia and the EU in order to find a way out of the impasse of the crisis in Ukraine? My reflections are not an attempt to impose a single truth, but rather an invitation to a discussion without bias in order to evaluate both the causes and the possible solutions of the crisis. Read more
Speaking about Europe, John Palmer, member of the governing board of the European Policy Centre in Brussels and one of the most influential experts on the EU, makes no secret of his personal relationship with the European project. Perhaps because of his Irish and, in his young days, Trotskyist background, Palmer's initial reason for supporting the European integration was a "united socialist states of Europe" that would challenge the dominance of the nation states. While the socialist hope later gave way to the realization that there is no coherent alternative to a mainly market economy with a strong social and environmental dimension, Palmer remains a committed pro-integrationist with a vision that goes well beyond the limits of today's EU. Full interview is here.