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Delicate Papal Visit to Turkey

Pope Benedict XVI makes his first visit to a majority Muslim state, Turkey, on November 28. The trip’s original aim was to build ties with Christian Orthodox leaders but the pope’s recent comments on faith, reason, and Islam—as well as Turkey’s EU accession—are likely to resonate throughout.

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Must Read

GMF: Germany and Europe: New Deal or Déjà Vu?

Author: Ulrike Guérot

This paper from the German Marshall Fund of the United States looks at Germany’s evolving relationship with the European Union. Growing in stature and, at the same time, sacrificing some of its own interests for the European Union, Germany has guaranteed its fundamental interest: a peaceful co-existence with its neighbours. In the meantime, Germany was also the only state to possess a foreign policy outlook that was both pro-European and transatlantic. However, under the administration of Chancellor Schröder, the tone and substance of Germany's European Policy evolved in two ways. First, within Europe, the "national" or the "German" component was accentuated. Second, during the war in Iraq, Germany made a break with its traditional foreign policy when it stood by France in opposing the United States. The paper explores how this new German orientation will develop during the German presidency of the EU during the first six months of 2007.

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Interview

Henry Farrell: Airline Passenger Data Dispute is Merely "An Internal EU Dust-Up"

Henry Farrell interviewed by Eben Kaplan

Henry Farrell, a political science assistant professor at The George Washington University, says the European Court of Justice's recent ruling against an agreement with the United States to share airline passenger data is merely "an internal EU dust-up." He says the deal is likely to be renegotiated with the same terms but stronger legal footing.

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Audio

C. Peter McColough Roundtable Series in International Economics: A Conversation with Jean-Claude Trichet

Speaker: Jean-Claude Trichet
Presider: William J. McDonough

Listen to President of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet discuss the need for structural reforms in Europe, particularly those that increase labor productivity growth, establish well-functioning product markets, and create a competitive, entrepreneurial-friendly economic environment.

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Video

C. Peter McColough Roundtable Series in International Economics: A Conversation with Jean-Claude Trichet

Speaker: Jean-Claude Trichet
Presider: William J. McDonough

Watch President of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet, discuss the need for structural reforms in Europe, particularly those that increase labor productivity growth, establish well-functioning product markets, and create a competitive, entrepreneurial-friendly economic environment.

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Transcript

A Conversation with Jean-Claude Trichet [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service, Inc.]

Speaker: Jean-Claude Trichet
Presider: William J. McDonough

Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, discusses the need for structural reforms in Euro area countries, particularly reforms which would increase labor productivity growth, establish well-functioning product markets and create a competitive, entrepreneurial-friendly economic environment.

See more in International Finance; EU