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George Soros Q&A part 2

Is the EU a failed experiment? What is the impact of European disintegration on Eastern Europe? What would happen if creditor countries left the euro? Are Europe's citizens ignorant about the costs of leaving the single currency? Has the EU had a firm plan for how it wanted to deal with Ukraine?

These were some of the questions thrown by journalists at George Soros at an ECFR press conference. I've collected Mr Soros' answers together in the second of two podcasts, and you can listen to it here:

You can also listen to the first set of Mr Soros' answers to journalists' questions in podcast form here:

And don't forget that you can subscribe to ECFR's podcasts through software like itunes, or keep track of them on our podcast page, www.ecfr.eu/podcasts

 

The politics behind the European Parliament resolution on drones

By a large majority, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning “the use of armed drones outside the international legal framework” and calling on the European Union to “develop an appropriate policy response at both European and global level.” The Parliament’s call for the EU to adopt a defined position on targeted killing with drones is certainly welcome; it is striking that the EU has not yet made any real effort to develop a common stance on the use of armed drones outside battlefield conditions, despite the widespread concern in Europe over the United States’ use of drones in such circumstances and the likelihood that the proliferation of remotely piloted aircraft will accelerate in coming years. However despite the EP’s resolution there appears to be little momentum for the EU to come up with a more coherent and defined policy on drones and targeted killing in the

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Egypt’s military; Europe’s response

Since it took power from President Morsi last July, Egypt's military has cracked down on dissent in general and the Muslim Brotherhood in particular. Now, having successfully negotiated a constitutional referendum, Field Marshal Sisi appears ready to announce his candidacy for the post of president. A recent ECFR Black Coffee Morning in our London office examined these events and attempted to answer some key questions about Egypt's military and the possible response of the European Union.

The first speaker was Issandr el Amrani of the International Crisis Group: “Who represents who? Is the current military-led government really representative of a mass outpouring of anger against the Muslim Brotherhood and the Morsi administration? Or is it on the contrary as the Muslim Brothers will tell you, is that only a reflection of the near complete control of Egyptian media?”

Second up

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China’s elite: a podcast special

Understanding the nature and intentions of China's new governing elite is one of the most difficult but important concerns of the outside world. But from Xi Jinping downwards, China's internal power games and struggles remain opaque and difficult to understand. ECFR's London office recently hosted a Black Coffee Morning examining the nature of China's elites, hoping to shed some light on their motivations and nature, featuring the head of ECFR's China programme, Francois Godement, and the respected journalist and China-watcher, John Garnaut. 

To listen to the entire audio from the event, click here:

 

A short podcast with John Garnaut on the brutal background to the current Chinese leadership:

“Whatever you think of what they’re doing to China or what they’d like to do to China, I don’t think you can question that these guys are some of the toughest human beings that have

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US drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan

Drones are now a fact of military (and civilian) life, but are the norms and laws of warfare able to cope with their use? In recent months three important studies on the subject have been published: "Drones and targeted Killing: defining a European position" by ECFR's Anthony Dworkin; "Between a Drone and Al Qaeda" by Letta Tayler of Human Rights Watch; and "Will I be next?" by Mustafa Qadri of Amnesty International.

A recent ECFR event heard from all three authors, with Letta concentrating on Yemen, Mustafa on Pakistan, and Anthony chairing. You can hear the entire audio from the event here:

 
 

We've also just published a shorter podcast with part of the presentations given by both Letta and Mustafa:

 

 

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