(Večer) Obama teče drugi krog

S prisego ta konec tedna bo ponovno izvoljeni ameriški demokratski predsednik Barack Obama tudi uradno začel svoj drugi mandat. Za seboj ima štiri naporna leta. V svoji prvi predsedniški kampanji se je dokazal kot navdihujoč govornik, ki je Američanom vlil upanje v boljšo prihodnost ter jim povrnil zaupanje v politiko. Takoj ob vstopu v Belo hišo pa se je moral soočiti s kruto realnostjo vladanja. ZDA so bile v objemu hude gospodarske krize, finančni sistem je bil na robu
kolapsa, avtomobilski industriji je grozil bankrot, število brezposelnih je vztrajno naraščalo. Ugled ZDA v svetu je v času njegovega predhodni-ka Georgea Busha mlajšega zdrsnil na domnevno najnižjo točko v zadnjih desetletjih, ameriški vojaki pa so umirali v Iraku in Afganistanu. Prva štiri leta Obame so zato po sili razmer minila predvsem v znamenju kriznega upravljanja ter rehabilitacije ameriškega ugleda v svetu. Kljub temu je administraciji pod njegovim vodstvom uspelo doseči marsikaj…

(iz Večera, 18. januarja 2013, v celoti na voljo tukaj)

Slovenia: quick update – fronts are open

So, Slovenia has been rushing towards the electoral season, almost no presence of the EU Presidency in the press. In fact, this surprises me a lot, the government in my opinion has not managed to make a positive story out of the Presidency – something that it could have easily done, judging by the uncritical attitude of most of the Slovenians to the EU…

However, there were other issues in the press recently. Continue reading “Slovenia: quick update – fronts are open”

Spain: EU as part of the political discourse and an annoying Rajoy

I’m just watching the evening debate between Mariano Rajoy and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero just ahead of the elections of this weekend. It’s all about the Partido Popular or Partido Socialista, the Spanish politics in time of national elections in this sense is quite simple. It’s the first face-to-face debate after 1993, but watching the second debate makes me understand why. But first let’s deal with the EU in the debate. Continue reading “Spain: EU as part of the political discourse and an annoying Rajoy”

Britain and the EU – a brilliant post by the Economist

This is one of the most difficult subjects to blog about or discuss in on-line political forums. There are always enough ardent supporters to get you bored. They want the UK to quit and have a free trade area with the EU and would not listen to your arguments about why this is not such a simple and good idea. Continue reading “Britain and the EU – a brilliant post by the Economist”

Slovenia comes in 2nd: Lisbon Treaty Ratified, but left unreadable

So, a glorious 2nd place. I’m only happy that we’ve managed to beat the French. Sarkozy was arrogantly sure that they will ratify before anyone else does. Wanting to be first is intellectually questionable in the first place. This is no Olympic games, you don’t win by doing it first. Continue reading “Slovenia comes in 2nd: Lisbon Treaty Ratified, but left unreadable”

Slovenia: internal notes leak & how not to react

A rather innocent issue was all over the news recently in Slovenia: an internal note from a meeting of high-officials from the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and representatives of the US State Department leaked out of the Ministry (source Dnevnik). The meeting took place in Washington on 24th December 2007, just before Slovenia took over the EU Presidency. The content was basically: we (the US) want to see Kosovo independent & you (Slovenia) will chair the EU and should help us in doing so. Why so much fuss over this obvious positions? Continue reading “Slovenia: internal notes leak & how not to react”