GOOD CAPITALISM

Good capitalism is the title of a book written by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Dullien (University of Applied Sciences in Berlin), Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Herr (Berlin School of Economics and Law) and Dr. Christian Kellerman, Director of the Nordic Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Stockholm.

Hereafter is what the authors say

THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF MEP ASSISTANTS

There are about 1,500 assistants who assist MEPs . Their tasks vary enormously: they can range from secretarial tasks to acting as a full blown political advisor. Usually it is a mixture of several roles so assistants are often a sort of secretary-advisor-press-officer-tour guide (for visitors) all rolled into one.

Honouring the wife of the President of Iceland

Icelanders angry with the slow pace of the country's economic recovery threw eggs to members of parliament and other policians as they headed to mass in Reykjavik last Saturday 1st October.

Ms. Dorritt Moussaief the wife of the President of Iceland Mr. Olafur Ragmar Grimsson climbed over a barricade to mingle with protesters. It's a positive sign that this lady wanted to speak to the protesters and show that the leading class was not perched on the top of its ivory tower with contempt for the population.

European Business Organisations play a key role in lobbying the host country authorities

European Business Organisations outside the EU are essential in the internationalization process of European companies in foreign markets. They defend and foster European business interests in the host country, mainly through advocacy and trade policy initiatives. In South America, bi-national chambers and trade offices offer information services, workshops, networking activities, trade missions and fairs.

Noteworthy is

AALEP Member contributes to sustainable development

Ms. Patricia Baroni who runs her Paris-based consultancy ATINUM organized an important event colloqium in Juan-les-Pins on the French Riviera bringing together 150 persons on the subject of sustainable marine development in the presence of Ms. Maud Fontenoy a French sailor known for her rowings across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and Founder of the Maud Foundation 'Save Marine Biodiversity'

AALEP SIGNS PROTOCOL OF COOPERATION WITH LEADING EUROPEAN BUSINESS ORGANIZATION IN INDIA

AALEP has entered into a Protocol of Cooperation with the European Business Group in India (EBGI) Country Council, whereby AALEP joins EBGI as an Associate Member and reciprocally EBGI joins AALEP as an Associate Member. It should be pointed out that Associate Membership does not confer any right for either organization to vote at annual meetings but it does provide entitlement to participate in meetings, events, projects and programmes.

AALEP TO PROMOTE GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS IN LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY

The vision of AALEP is to influence the direction of the global lobbying and advocacy profession. AALEP’s aim is to manage, develop and operate certification, education and related programmes for lobbying organisations to benefit the global community by establishing, upholding and promoting worldwide professional standards in lobbying and advocacy. The profession is highly competitive and like many other industries it has become difficult to penetrate the world over without a postgraduate degree or specific qualification, in addition to relevant industry experience.

EU MEMBER STATES AND NEGATIVE TRADE BALANCES

In July 2011,  16 EU Member States’ were showing trade deficits: Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

A trade account deficit may be a symptom of a wider structural economic problem i.e. a loss of competitiveness in foreign markets, insufficient investment in new capital or a shift in comparative advantage towards other countries.

CYPRUS MARKS 51 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN

In June 1958 the British announced a plan to maintain the international status quo of Cyprus for seven years but also to establish representative government and communal autonomy. Archbishop Makarios and the Greek and Turkish governments rejected the British plan, but on October 1st,  the British put a modified version of it into effect. Talks held in 1959 among the various parties led to an agreement on the general features of a constitution for an independent Republic of Cyprus. The status of the republic was guaranteed by Britain, Turkey, and Greece.

INDIA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION: PERCEPTIONS AND POLICIES

 

India and the European Union: Perceptions and Policies was a paper written by Rajendra KJain, Professor of European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. The paper was presented at the European Studies in Asia (ESiA) Network Public Panel, "EU-Asian Relations: Policies and Perceptions of the EU in Malaysia,", Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur in 2009.

The text has been abridged by AALEP.

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