Turkey is a Mediterranean country currently at the negotiation stage for European Union membership. This is the final turning point before their ultimate membership, and it will undoubtedly take many years.
The Lebanese polity is faced today with two clashing visions. The first is a neo-liberal vision based on respect for basic freedoms and an economy based on a capitalist free market. The other vision is that of a totalitarian religious ideology.
After almost nine years of a fruitless international protectorate, Kosovo declared its independ-ence on 17th February 2008. It was recognised by the USA and a number of European states in spite of strong opposition from Serbia and its ally, Russia.
Questioning the sense of the elections in the central Maghreb countries – Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia – seems relevant, but somewhat incongruous at the same time.
The year 2007 marked the end of a brief interval of political liberalization in the Arab world which began shortly after the occupation of Iraq.
The year 2007 brought a consolidation of existing trends with regard to both Libya’s external relations and its domestic developments.
The years when Syrians experienced a glimmer of democracy seem very far away.
2007 was an intense year for Algeria, full of events of very different kinds.
Ever since its creation, the country’s political elite was guided by two principals when faced with the main topic on its agenda: the Palestine question. The first dimension was and is territory or space and the second was and is demography or ethn...
When future historians come to write the history of modern Greek politics, the developments of 2007 may be recognized as the spark that ignited the most significant major political changes since the 1974.
In spite of the difficulties derived from continuous occupation, the elections were carried out in such a climate of freedom and transparency as never before witnessed in an Arab country.
In the case of Iraq, the chaos and extreme violence the country has been experiencing since 2003 is aggravated by other factors that are spreading the conflict throughout the region.