Monthly Archives: May 2016

U.S-Nordic Leaders Summit 2016

To portray European Power,  one has to see it beyond the mainstream media,  comprehend it  deeply all the way,  stretching to ……the Arctic Sea……the Lands of Nordic:  their History, Culture…..Philosophy…..Art and Literature.  On the Political sphere,  their centuries of  Diplomatic achievements….and on Defence……their Military might.  They possess the North and the Baltic Seas…..and the every waves of Arctic Ocean. They  were the first  to journey into a New World,  the first settler on the vast beautiful  Land , before the British Empire re-discover and establish it as the Land of Shimmering dream…… later called….. ‘The United States of America’

The relation between the United States and the Nordic Region is not the contemporary but the most cherished and ranks the Legendary one — as President Obama described it in his speech of this year’s Summit:  “The Extraordinary Countries and Extraordinary Friends    (Excerpt from a Political text ‘Sublime and Beautiful Europe and the United States’  by Catherine Stella Schmidt) 

The U-S Nordic Leader Summit held in Washington DC on May 13,  had been established following President Obama’s meeting with the Nordic Leaders in Sweden in 2013.  The summit was  to affirm the U.S-Nordic Partnerships,  standing on centuries of shared Philosophy, Ideals and Western values.

Excerpt from U.S.-Nordic Leaders’ Summit Joint Statement:

“Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States reaffirm our deep partnership based on shared fundamental values.”

“The Nordic countries greatly value the United States’ commitment to Europe and its security.  NATO remains key to transatlantic and European security, and the contributions of  Sweden and Finland, including those they make as NATO enhanced opportunity partners, are highly valuable.  The United States, Denmark, Iceland, and Norway are committed to building on NATO’s enhanced opportunity partners’ framework in order to promote a close Political dialogue and Military cooperation between Finland and Sweden and NATO Allies (28+2).”    “The Nordic countries and the United States strongly support closer cooperation between NATO and the EU, and consider new areas of practical cooperation between the two to be a priority for the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July.  May 13, 2016 © The White House       Continue to read

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President of Republic of Finland’s meeting with President Obama

Prime Minister Erna Solberg Attends Nordic-American Summit by Norwegian Embassy in the U.S
“The summit in Washington is important for relations between the Nordic region and the United States.  For Sweden, it is a good opportunity to develop and deepen our already broad cooperation with the US,” highlighted Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. May 13, 2016 © Sweden Embassy in the U.S

The United Kingdom’s Leadership in tackling corruption in the globe

Hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron in London, the Anti-Corruption Summit took place on May 12. The Summit was to expose, to shed a light on how to find away for many countries out of it.

Announced by the UK government:  

“This is the first summit of its kind, bringing together world leaders, business and civil society to agree a package of practical steps to:

  • Expose corruption so there is nowhere to hide
  • Punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption
  • Drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists”  May 2016 © UK Gov

Additional Reference:  Anti-Corruption Summit 2016 in London May 12, 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron announces the creation of the first ever global forum to step up international efforts on asset recovery.

The United Kingdom’s support for Gibraltar

FCO logo Copyright Protected by LawForeign Secretary Philip Hammond visited Gibraltar for high level talks on the United Kingdom’s support for the Territory and the upcoming EU referendum.

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Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond visiting Royal Navy RFA Mounts Bay. May 11, 2016 © UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

“The UK’s support for Gibraltar and the Gibraltarian people is firm and unconditional. I look forward to holding strategic talks with the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister on the territory’s thriving economy, defence and security issues, and the upcoming EU referendum.”  highlighted  Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. May 11, 2106   © UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office     Continue to read

Finland’s Leadership in the Baltic Sea Region

Kristian Jensen, Børge Brende and Timo Soini 2016 Minister  Kristian Jensen for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Minister Børge Brende for Foreign Affairs of Norway, Minister Timo Soini for Foreign Affairs of Finland.  May 3, 2016 © Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

 “The Nordic countries are working together to ensure stability and welfare in an effort to co-ordinate our development co-operation, promote Free Trade and to participate together in International crisis management and Peacekeeping Missions. The Nordic perspective in all these issues involves a concentrated focus on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.”  May 3, 2016 © Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland                      Continue to read

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The Netherlands EU Presidency and the Celebration of Freedom

  Logo kleur hoge resolutie Protected by Copyright LawCelebration of Freedom opens the State of Europe Forum 2016

For centuries, Amsterdam has been seen as a city of Freedom.  On Sunday 8 May, Freedom has been celebrated at the official opening of the two-day State of Europe Forum. This annual forum brings together politicians, religious leaders, educators, academics, media specialists, activists and many other parties with a stake in the future of Europe.  May 4, 2016 © Dutch MFA

State of Europe Forum 2016. The paradox of Freedom – how can we sustain Europe’s Freedoms in the face of multiple threats?

The United States praised Denmark for its vital Military Leadership in NATO and in the World

The U.S Defense Secretary Carter met with  Defense Minister Peter Christensen of Denmark in Stuttgart, Germany on May 4th to discuss a range of Security-Defence issues and the upcoming NATO summit in July.

Defense Secretary Carter thanked Denmark for intensifying its Military presence in Counter-ISIL combat and Denmark’s Military Leadership in continuing its support to NATO and the regional Security.  (Source: May 4, 2016 U.S Department of Defense)

Denmark’s vital contribution to  NATO includes: 

  • Continuation of support for NATO’s regional Security
  • The Deployment of F-16 Fighter Aircraft to the Baltic and the Ballistic Missile Defense
  • Denmark’s leadership in Arctic security
  • And the continuation of support for NATO Resolute support Mission in Afghanistan

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Additional Reference:  The Danish Parliament gave a milestone support for  Denmark to thrust ahead as a Frontrunner in the fight against Da’esh

Transatlantic Partnership the U.S and the United Kingdom

President Obama’s trip to the United Kingdom, this time was not just a Diplomatic Traditional visit, but it implied far more deeper reflection in many ways……. by displaying the United States inner heart and aspiration…… by expressing forthrightly…… the American hope and the fervour wish– that the United Kingdom maintain its Leadership in Europe.

In the world of our time ……that is characterized with the unknown challenges and the abruption of unsteady mode– more than ever the West has to be prepared as a Fortified Force –and remained United.  And in this front the United Kingdom’s Leadership is not a luxurious requirement yet a crucial need …..and a profound imperative.   In an explicit tone that was the essence of the message President Obama delivered from America to the United Kingdom.  

President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron April 22, 2016President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron during the Press briefing, April 22, 2016 © U.S. Embassy London

Excerpt of President Obama’s remark:

 “We are so bound together that nothing is going to impact the emotional and cultural and intellectual affinities between our two countries. So I don’t come here, suggesting in any way that that is impacted by a decision that the people of the United Kingdom may make around whether or not they’re members of the European Union. That is there. That’s solid. And that will continue, hopefully, eternally.

 But, as David said, if one of our best friends is in an organization that enhances their influence and enhances their power and enhances their economy, then I want them to stay in it. Or at least I want to be able to tell them, you know, I think this makes you guys bigger players. I think this helps your economy. I think this helps to create jobs. ” April 22, 2016 ©U.S. Embassy London  Continue to read

Official References:

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron at a Joint Press Conference, by the White House April 22, 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama at a Joint Press conference, by Prime Minister’s Office April 22, 2016

President Obama’s visit to the UK from April 21-24, by Diplomatic Mission of the United States in London

A view to U.S Relations with the United Kingdom, by Department of States the Office of Historian

 by Catherine Stella Schmidt

Norway on ‘World Press Freedom Day’

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende on World Press Freedom Day:

Norway MFA‘Access to information is crucial if people are to be able to make informed decisions about matters that affect them, and to understand and exercise their rights. A broad range of independent media outlets is also vital so that people can have access to a variety of information. These media outlets can shine a critical spotlight on the exercise of power and authority and promote transparency and accountability,’ ©Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway     Continue to read

Additional references:

The Human Rights at the heart of Norwegian Foreign Policy

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The Netherlands EU Presidency on the railway infrastructure governance

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On 19 April 2016 the Netherlands Presidency reached an informal agreement with the European Parliament regarding the opening of the domestic rail passenger markets in the Member States and the strengthening of the independence of rail infrastructure managers to ensure effective and non-discriminatory access to infrastructure. Continue to read

Canada and its leadership on ‘World Press Freedom Day’

Statement by the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage:

“Canada resolutely supports journalists, Human Rights defenders, bloggers and all others who use media platforms to promote inclusion and diversity, demand transparency and accountability from their governments, and ensure that the rights of all individuals are respected.

No person should ever be afraid to speak freely. No person should ever face intimidation, harassment, violence or death for voicing an opinion. 

According to a Freedom House survey, 2015 was the worst year in the past 12 for global press freedom.  On World Press Freedom Day, Canada recognizes the important role the media play in keeping the public dialogue vibrant. We also acknowledge the journalists, bloggers and activists who face censorship, imprisonment, and personal attacks as a consequence of carrying out their work, and we remember those who have lost their lives while exercising their right to report and speak freely.”  Press released  from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada. May 3,  2016 – Ottawa, Ontario © MFA of Canada/Media Relations Office of Global Affairs

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