The real purpose of burqa bans is to assert European cultural identity -- secular, liberal and individualistic -- at the expense of a visible, traditional religious minority. A nation such as France, proudly relativistic on most issues, is convinced of its cultural superiority when it comes to sexual freedom.
People in both Israel and Azerbaijan are far from understanding how our peoples live - they are unaware of the culture, political views and history of our countries. And this is despite the fact that large numbers of immigrants arrived in Israel from Azerbaijan. In this situation, the mutual exchange of delegations, media workers and promoters of culture, of course, can play an important role in improving relations between our peoples.
Although not in Africa, many in the diaspora contribute by sending money back to their families. Also many eventually return to Africa, bringing new skills and important contact with the First World.
Whatever the fate of the euro, the prevarication and long arguments over how to help it have damaged the EU in at least four ways...a tardy and muddled response to the euro crisis has greatly tarnished the EU’s soft power and global standing.
The EU’s relations with people in need in the rest of the world are based on the principle of solidarity – and rightly so, because this is the very foundation of our Union. It is not easy to show solidarity and compassion for someone else’s grief in a hard moment, all the more so when you have got problems at home. But when you do so, it leaves a lasting positive impression, and creates a very good image of Europe and Europeans around the world.
The United Nations agency tasked with preserving the world's cultural heritage on Saturday opened the doors of its headquarters in Paris to the public for guided tours of its collection of 600 masterpieces and artistic works.
After months of uncertainty with regard the Greek economy, the May 10 creation of a nearly-$1 trillion emergency funding facility to stabilize the euro gave markets a positive jolt and some reassurance over the short-term future of Greek debt...This recent action is only a temporary solution to the much larger problem of public deficits in Europe, and many long-term concerns remain about the future of the euro and the euro zone.
"More trade, more aid, more people-to-people contacts" was the commission's own take on the achievements of the ENP over the past five years.