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The Power of Human Creativity in Building Prosperity

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Since 9 December 2010 Estonia has been the 34th member country of the OECD. 30 September 1961 is considered the official birthday of the OECD – this day the OECD Convention entered into force. The OECD was preceded by the OEEC that was established in 1947 with the aim to run the US-financed Marshall Plan […]

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A Dark Side of a State’s Independence

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   I was thinking about Estonia’s independence today, because it is Estonian Independence Day today. I was thinking – what if one day, say, the EU for some reason agrees with the US upon the change of the Estonian governing regime to, say, modernize the fishing techniques so that everyone could benefit, and because the […]

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Muammar Abu Minyar Al Gathafi – RIP? Updated on 1 May 2011

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Who is interested in unrest in the Middle-East and North-Africa? 1 May 2011 3.05 Ynetnews: A NATO airstrike on Saturday night killed Al Gathafi’s youngest son Saif al-Arab and three of his grandchildren. Mussa Ibrahim said Saif al-Arab was a civilian and a student who had studied in Germany. He was 29 years old.  Earlier posting (22 February […]

G20 and SDR in Action

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Established in 1999 as response to the financial crises as the primary forum for economic coordination, G20 is meeting on the 18th and 19th of February 2011 in Paris, under the French presidency.  South Africa, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, South Korea, the United States, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Russia, […]

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Who is Leading Europe?

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I recently posted an article to the thematic elections blog of the Institute of Political Science and Governance of the Tallinn University in an Estonian leading newspaper “Postimees”. I have posted here the translated version of this posting: Thomas Ferguson’s Investment Theory of Politics and the Europarties According to Thomas Ferguson’s investment theory of party competition […]

AmCham EU and the Global Think Tanks

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Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Olli Rehn, stated in his speech responding Daniel Hamilton’s report “Europe 2020: Competitive or Complacent?” about Europe’s place and standing in the global economy and formidable challenges Europe is facing: “I’m confident that 2011 can be made the year of reform and revival”. Referring to Europe 2020 priorities, Olli Rehn lists […]

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Legal Remedies – State Responsibility Revisited

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A new course on Legal Remedies in Europe begins today at the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu, and during the recent days I have worked with the recent changes to the area. Leaving the case law developments aside, one area most affected by the changes is state responsibility for breach of EU […]

About a venia legendi on New Belongings of Subjectivity and Lecture on Cosmopolitanism

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T. Autio. Subjectivity, curriculum and society: between and beyond German Didaktik and Anglo-American Curriculum Studies

Yesterday I participated in presentation of a venia legendi by professor Tero Autio: „Globalization, Curriculum, and New Belongings of Subjectivity“, and a scientific seminar by professor Roland Axtmann: „Cosmopolitanism as Political Philosophy and Social Theory“. Professor Tero Autio (professor at the University of Tampere, a candidate for the position of Professor of Theories of Curriculum […]

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The Second Eastern Partnership Summit under the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

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Facing the end of January already, I feel a bit obliged to say something about the Hungarian Presidency Programme that leads the EU until the 30th of June 2011. The key events and keywords are: The second Eastern Partnership Summit (EaP Summit) is taking place in Hungary in May 2011, targeting the EU Member States and six […]

An Attempt to Escape (to the Middle East)

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What to do if desperately misunderstood, attacked and opposed by people? Escape from such people really feels as a good idea. Consequently, for general intelligence, educative, mental (and physical) wellbeing reasons, I organized myself an out-of-school visit to the United Arab Emirates. My first impressions? Well … I had heard about the economic leap, but […]

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