Tag: Diplomatic Agenda

Reforming the EU from the German perspective

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Reforming the EU from the German perspective

These days, there is even more hustle and bustle in Brussels than usual. After the election of the European Parliament in May, important personnel decisions are due, and the public eagerly awaits any reaction — be it from heads of government or from European Union officials — as to who will obtain which position. But […]

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The Pacific Alliance should be a win for Canada

The Pacific Alliance should be a win for Canada

It has been called the most ambitious trade initiative since NAFTA. When the Pacific Alliance was launched, two years ago, the four member countries already enjoyed free-trade agreements among themselves. So, naturally, some questioned the objective of the Alliance. The Pacific Alliance is the agreement between Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru to modernise and further […]

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Zimbabwe has come a long way in 34 years

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Zimbabwe has come a long way in 34 years

On April 18, Zimbabwe will mark its 34th year of independence. This year’s independence anniversary comes alongside a number of key national developments, including a new constitution and free and fair harmonized elections held in July 2013. The election, won by the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front [ZANU (PF)] party, was endorsed by […]

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Reunification is always the goal for Korea

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Reunification is always the goal for Korea

  The year 2013 is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and a time to pay tribute to the young soldiers, including nearly 27,000 Canadians, who came to Korea to defend a people they’d never met. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada. […]

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Cuba’s reforms: necessary and well-received

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Cuba’s reforms: necessary and well-received

Diplomatic relations between Canada and Cuba are more than a half-century old, characterized by respect and sincere dialogue. Canada is among Cuba’s main trading partners as seen in tourism numbers alone — more than a million Canadians visit each year, drawn by the beauty of the landscape and its people’s hospitality. However, misinformation about the […]

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Abenomics: Revitalizating Japan’s economy

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Abenomics: Revitalizating Japan’s economy

Following last December’s general election in Japan, a coalition government was formed by the Liberal Democratic Party and the New Komeito Party. LDP leader Shinzo Abe was elected as Japan’s prime minister to lead the coalition government. In his policy speech at the Diet (Japan’s national legislature) Jan. 28, 2013, he identified three major tasks […]

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Brazil’s rise as a ‘soft power’ on the world stage

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Brazil’s rise as a ‘soft power’ on the world stage

Since the emergence of the BRIC as a group to be reckoned with in the global economy, Brazil’s economic, social, political and diplomatic actions have drawn added attention from governments, think tanks and the media. Not being a military power (it has no nuclear weapons), unlike most of its BRIC partners (Russia, China and India), […]

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Israel and Canada: Partners in Innovation

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Israel and Canada: Partners in Innovation

As policymakers search for ways to foster more innovative economies, many are turning to Israel for answers. Over the course of my tenure as ambassador, the embassy has made it a priority to present Israel to Canada as a partner in innovation. With a population of 7.8 million and a territory two-thirds the size of […]

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Chile, ‘pioneer’ in free trade

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Chile, ‘pioneer’ in free trade

When Chile joined Brunei, New Zealand and Singapore as founding members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2006, it was no accident. Chile’s first big step toward becoming a pioneer country — one that has been working for decades to achieve better conditions for worldwide trade, particularly within the Pacific basin area — took place when […]

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Britain: the Olympics in a time of austerity

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Britain: the Olympics in a time of austerity

On July 6, 2005, at Raffles City in Singapore, the International Olympic Committee announced that London had won the bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The competition had been strong, including bids from Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris. There was jubilation in London and across the United Kingdom. One of the world’s most dynamic, […]

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