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The Asia-Pacific balancing act Print E-mail
Beijing bilateral: US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the APEC meeting on Nov. 12.
Beijing bilateral: US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the APEC meeting on Nov. 12.

Keeping China in check without antagonizing Beijing is a diplomatic challenge

By Theo Sommer 

November 14, 2014

Looking at Asia, one cannot help pointing out that the region may be called Asia-Pacific or Indo-Pacific, but that this label does not automatically make it peaceful.

The world’s most perilous flashpoints are all in Asia: Kashmir, Taiwan, Korea. Beyond that, there are numerous stress-lines and fault-lines between Bombay and the Bering Straits, arising from conflicting territorial claims and the ambitions of many littoral states. Between Hainan and Hokkaido there is hardly an island, islet, shoal or riff that is not contested. In the South China Sea, Beijing pursues an assertive, even aggressive policy, pitting itself against Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines, while the dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands has dangerously raised tensions between Japan and China.

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TTIP is just the start Print E-mail

The transatlantic free trade project could point the way toward harmonizing global rules and standards

By Elmar Brok  

November 14, 2014

The EU and US are each other’s closest partners, both economically and politically. Yet our partnership needs more than continuity to thrive. The TTIP free trade pact is a unique opportunity of strategic dimensions, both economic and geopolitical. Together, the EU and US account for 57 percent of global GDP with 11 percent of the world’s population.

Our mutual economic clout permits us to maintain high standards, in goods and services, social welfare and consumer protection. Yet we also face global competition. If we fail to cooperate, we cannot hope to defend our prosperity in the world.

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Looking back over a bowl of barley soup Print E-mail
A view on Constance’s harbor with the former “department store”, a medieval warehouse, that became the site of the council in 1414.
A view on Constance’s harbor with the former “department store”, a medieval warehouse, that became the site of the council in 1414.

Constance commemorates the ecumenical council that ended the schism in the Catholic Church 500 years ago

By Edith Kresta 

November 14, 2014

The statue of the buxom lady is nine meters high, weighs 18 tons, and turns on its own axis. Her navel and right leg are bare and two tiny, naked men are sitting on her raised palms. The one on the right is wearing a royal crown and the one on the left, the papal tiara.

The lascivious “Imperia” stands in Constance’s harbor. Sculptor Peter Lenk created the statue in 1993, with an allusion to the council that took place in the city on Lake Constance between 1414 and 1418. The figures the prostitute is carrying in the palms of her hands are the meeting’s protagonists: King Sigismund – later emperor – and the Pope, the representatives of worldly and spiritual power in the Middle Ages.

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Happy Birthday, Freedom! Print E-mail

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Let’s drink a toast, let’s have a party, let’s light 25 torches of freedom! 25 years ago on November 9, the Wall that imprisoned Berlin died, and freedom was reborn.
This is a birthday party in print. You’re invited!

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