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DiploNews – Issue 183 – 15 June 2011

DiploNews – Issue 183 – June 15,

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Can the European Union avoid a major crisis in 2011?

Some say that the European Union is in bad shape. The successive rescue plans for Greece, Portugal, and Ireland have not managed to convince the financial markets of European stability. Many observers are still predicting the de-integration of the Eurozone, while the Strauss-Kahn scandal has weakened the International Monetary Fund. On the other hand, European allies struggle with the war in Libya, as Gaddafi still resists. When the United States announces partial withdrawal from Afghanistan and disengages forces from Europe, can the EU avoid a major crisis in 2011 and continue to be a leading global power? Join Richard Werly, Diplo Fellow and European Affairs correspondent for Le Temps, on Tuesday, 21 June, at 15:00 CET, for another e-briefing webinar. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Participants will also be able to ask topic-related questions. To register, visit the Brussels e-briefings website.

The Real Environmental Consequences of Consumption

Aldo Matteucci, Diplo Fellow, raises the interesting question of how to assess the real environmental consequences of a country’s production and consumption in a recent Diplo blog post under the title Cleaner than thou…. Referring to a study by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, he argues that ‘over half of Switzerland’s “environmental footprint” accrues abroad’ and that our way of calculating the consequences of a country’s activity to the environment needs to take this into account. Additionally, he points out how countries that are doing the ‘dirty work’ of production of goods mainly consumed elsewhere take the blame. This gives a new and important dimension to international negotiations and should be present when we form opinions on, for example, climate change negotiations. For further discussion of environmental issues, follow us on Twitter: @climate_diplo.

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