FAS' Steven Aftergood draws our attention to "NATO Enlargement: Albania, Croatia, and Possible Future Candidates," [PDF] a recent study by the Congressional Research Service.
In the wake of UN Security Council Resolutions 1160 and 1199 of March and September 1998, the international community grappled with how to deal with the atrocities being perpetrated in a little known province of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) called Kosovo. A decade later, Kosovo, an independent state in Europe, has been moved from the front pages above the fold of the global press to the back section of the world’s collective consciousness.
Last week Iceland was put up for sale on eBay allowing users "a unique opportunity to buy a Northern European country." The auction began at a modest 99p but soon rose to £10,000,000 ($18,000,000). Bids, however, plateaued around that mark after it was revealed that Björk was not included in the price.
European views on the financial crisis are changing rapidly, but governments finally seem to have settled on a rescue package. Only four weeks ago, my colleague James Joyner noted a conspicuous lack of concern in the European press over growing U.S. financial woes.
No longer in a state of denial, the Europeans have painfully acknowledged the arrival of the banking crisis to their shores. Acting in concert with the Federal Reserve Bank and the Bank of England, the European Central Bank announced an emergency interest rate cut to ease the intensifying global financial crisis.
Russian occupation forces withdrew from parts of Georgia last week in partial fulfillment of their obligations under the ceasefire agreements of August 12 and September 8. In violation, the Russian army remains in Akhalgori, Perevi and Upper Abkhazia. Europe offered mixed reactions. Washington mumbled that it will make an assessment this week.