Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Last weekend , I was reading parts of Global Responses to Global Threats:
Sustainable Security for the 21st Century;
a report by the Oxford Research Group from june 2006.

Current security policies assume international terrorism to be the greatest threat to global security, and attempt to maintain the status quo and control insecurity through the projection of military force. The authors argue that the failure of this approach has been clearly demonstrated during the last five years of the 'war on terror' and it is distracting governments from the real threats that humanity faces.

Unless urgent action is taken within the next five to ten years, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to avoid a highly unstable global system by the middle years of the century.

In their report they point to four important factors:

1-  Climate Change
2-  Competition Over Resources
3-  Marginalisation of the Majority World
4-  Global Militarisation

Whith some conclusions of this report still fresh in my head I only can find this Green Paper Consultation laughable. The people making this consultation are intoxicated by de CO2 polluted air of Brussels, smoking some wierd stuff or trying to smuggle in the interests of the most pushing lobby-group.

As high5 wrote in his comment "...it seems they don't have a clue themselves of how to connect the dots" I would add they even can't find a few important dots to connect.

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Tue Aug 1st, 2006 at 03:54:43 PM EST
Yes, I don't think they really see too many dots. And I get the feeling there's a fair amount of confusion. With Blairite types getting the the final cut, the last word -- which is blithering nonsense about markets.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Aug 1st, 2006 at 04:22:23 PM EST
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The tragedy is that I can't think of any other leader in Europe beyond Zapatero who makes a stand significantly different from the Bliarite line on energy.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Aug 1st, 2006 at 05:16:23 PM EST
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Kcurie and I were talking about writing to Zapatero about Spain's transportation and energy policy. That is a project for September/October.

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Aug 1st, 2006 at 05:36:30 PM EST
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