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The Case for Kosova: Passage to Independence
This book makes the case for the independence of Kosova - the former province of 'old-Yugoslavia', temporarily a United Nations-led International protectorate - at a time in which international diplomacy is deeply involved in solving the contested issue of its final status. Negotiations began in January 2006 under the auspices of a United Nations Special Envoy, and have been given renewed impulse by the international community's determination to arrive at a solution. "The Case for Kosova" aims to contribute to these negotiations by providing informed arguments for a different approach to the issue of Kosova's status beyond the limitations of current debates. It's aim is to counteract the anti-Albanian propaganda waged by some parties, but never to propose a counter-propaganda hostile to others or to the goals of democratic Kosova. Debates on Kosova have largely concentrated either on ideology and myth construction, ignoring translations into practice; on geo-politics: on geo-politics, missing the deep implications for stability and security; or on policy, lacking a conceptual understanding of both ideologies and processes. There is no book that links these different fields in a persuasive manner. "The Case for Kosova" will fill this gap, with intellectually challenging and politically relevant debate.

Kosovo (Country Guides)
Ringed by high mountains crossed by a series of rulers over the centuries, the country boasts Ottoman mosques, Tito-esque administration buildings, Serbian Orthodox churches, monasteries, vineyards and extravagant KLA war memorials. Pristina offers a surprising contrast with its growing number of vibrant restaurants, bars and shops. Sales features include tips on living in Kosovo, including cultural norms, accommodation, food and communications, and Kosovo's ski resort, Brezovica, which offers some of the best skiing in southeastern Europe.

My Life - Fidel Castro
For years people have tried to persuade the leader of the Cuban Revolution to tell his own life story. Here, finally, Ignacio Ramonet, well-known activist and editor of "Le Monde Diplomatique", has succeeded. For the first time, in a series of probing interviews, Fidel Castro describes his life, from the 1950s all the way up to the present day. He discusses his parents, his earliest influences, the beginnings of the revolution, his relationship with Che Guevara, the Bay of Pigs, the Carter years, Cuban migration to the US. And along the way, Ramonet challenges Castro to discuss his views on a number of controversial questions, from human rights and freedom of the press to the repression of homosexuality and the survival of the death penalty, and he gives his opinion of other leaders, alive and dead, including George Bush and Tony Blair.

The Best Places to Buy a Home in France
Essential reading for anyone planning to buy a home in France and the only book designed to help readers find the perfect location for a home and save endless weeks of research.

Living and Working in Switzerland
Essential reading for anyone planning to live or work in Switzerland, packed with vital information to help readers save time, trouble and money. Interest in living, working and retiring abroad has never been higher, confirmed by the wealth of TV programmes, magazines and newspaper articles on the subject.

Doing Business in Europe
Covering all the key topics for students studying European Business at upper level undergraduate and graduate level, this textbook focuses on the relationship between business and the political institutions, policies and regulations of the European Union post-enlargement. With a website to accompany the book containing student resources and an instructors manual, the book also supports readers with features that include: - Mini-cases with questions to test students understanding - In-depth readings and testimonials from executives and managers - Vignettes and cameos written by practitioners - Extracts from Business and European publications - Review questions and assignments to consolidate learning - Weblinks to helpful resources.

Gazprom and the Russian State (Russian Foreign Energy Policy Reports)
Gazprom is the world's single largest producer of natural gas, long acknowledged as a state-within-a-state. In 2005 it reached a turning point in its history when the Russian government reasserted its majority stakeholder position, whilst also continuing it's own push to gain control over an increasing share of Russia's energy complex overall. This timely report provides answers to questions such as: what do these movements mean for the future of the Russian energy sector? What will be the impact of state control over Gazprom on domestic and foreign shareholders? And what do these changes portend for the future of natural gas exploitation, production, distribution and the ultimate export of Russian gas to downstream consumers? And what will these changes mean to world? It is part of the "Russian Foreign Energy Policy Report" series.

The Future of Russian Gas and Gazprom
The Russian gas industry provides 50% of Russian domestic energy supplies, a substantial proportion of CIS gas supplies, and around 20% of European gas demand. Declines in production at existing fields mean that Gazprom will face increasingly difficult decisions about moving to higher cost fields on the Yamal Peninsula. The alternative will be increasing imports from Central Asian countries and allowing other Russian gas producers to increase their role in the industry. Russian exports to Europe will gradually increase and deliveries of Russian LNG will commence to Asia and the both coasts of North America. Pipeline gas deliveries to East Asian countries may have a longer time horizon. Export projects aimed at new markets will depend crucially on the maintenance of (oil and) gas prices at the levels of 2003-05. European exports will also depend on the pace of EU market liberalisation and Gazprom's ability to agree mutually acceptable terms for transit, principally with Ukraine and Belarus. Reform, liberalisation and restructuring of the Russian gas industry have been more substantial than has generally been recognised. Most important has been price reform which, in 2005, allowed Russian industrial customers to become profitable to serve at regulated prices. Price increases may significantly reduce future increases in domestic gas demand. The increasing need for production from companies other than Gazprom will ensure that liberalised access to networks expands considerably over the next decade. In the 2000s, Gazprom reclaimed its CIS gas business from intermediaries, while maintaining its de facto monopoly of exports to Europe and establishing a similar degree of authority over future exports to Asia. The merger of Gazprom and Rosneft will provide the potential to become a force in the domestic and international oil markets, particularly given the authority that the president has conferred on the company in terms of Russian energy policy.

European Banking: Efficiency, Technology and Growth (Wiley Finance)
The retail banking sector has undergone immense change over the last decade, such that the industry is barely recognisable. The creation of the European Single Market has of necessity initiated deregulation, whilst the increase in telephone and internet banking has impacted on economies of scale. Financial services organisations are now able to compete in previously uncharted territory, to considerable effect. Taking the reader on a journey of discovery through the economic theory behind the practice and the consequences that follow, the authors have created a fascinating insight into the current state of European retail banking. The authors use their extensive research to display the rationale behind the increasing trend towards consolidation and efficiency. Well argued and well researched, this is a must read for all people with an interest in the European Banking market, from investors to bankers and students alike.

Ryanair: How a Small Irish Airline Conquered Europe
Sheila O'Flanagan, Irish Times: Pacy and engaging... takes an informed look at the phenomenon that is Ryanair... skilfully sketches set-piece confrontations and their backgrounds.

Leisure Airlines of Europe (Hardcover)
A complete history of the 468 airlines that did so much to reduce the cost of travel for millions of eastern and western Europeans. Compiled here in one volume are all major and minor carriers that have carried passengers on charter services from Europe to holidays destinations from 1950.

The Impact of EU Law on the Regulation of International Air Transportation
On 5 November 2002, the European Court of Justice delivered its 'open-skies' judgment, a landmark decision which may be the beginning of a new era in the regulation of international air law. The consequences of this judgment may not only affect the European Union and its Member States; this book shows how it could change the future regulation of international aviation worldwide.The first part of this book describes the difficulties arising from the fact that the competence for the regulation of air transportation in Europe is divided between the EU and the Member States. This division of power will also affect the conclusion of air-service agreements made with countries outside of Europe. In the second part of the book, the author examines a subject that was not part of the 'open-skies' judgment, but which he believes will become a problematic consequence: the distribution of air-traffic rights within the European Union.

Serbia (The Bradt Travel Guide)
In the 2nd edition of his already excellent guidebook L. Mitchell has given a considerably enlarged, significantly improved and fully updated story about Serbia.

Eastern Europe (Lonely Planet Multi Country Guide)
Includes a stand-alone chapter on Montenegro. This Eastern Europe guide covers Albania and Macedonia. It also has an alphabetised directory chapter that makes practical information easy to find.

Paying with Plastic: The Digital Revolution in Buying and Borrowing
The payment card business has evolved from its inception in the 1950s as a way to handle payment for expense-account lunches (Diners Club card) in today's complex sprawling industry that drives trillions of dollars in transaction volume each year.

Competition and Profitability in European Financial Services (Routledge International Studies in Money and Banking)
Financial services firms play a key role in the European economy. The efficiency and profitability of these firms and the competition among them have an impact on allocation of savings, financing of investment, economic growth, the stability of the financial system and the transmission of monetary policy. This collection of research contributions includes evaluations of trends in the European financial service industry and examinations of the driving forces of efficiency, competition and profitability of financial firms and institutions in Europe. The papers have been written by leading academics and researchers in the field, who specialize in strategic, systematic and policy issues related to the European financial services industry. This edited collection will be will be essential reading for students and academics but will also be of interest to financial practitioners and government officials interested in acquiring a deeper understanding of this complex issue.

Policy-making in the European Central Bank: The Masters of Europe's Money (Governance in Europe)
Drawing on numerous interviews with high-ranking and founding members of the ECB, Karl Kaltenthaler identifies and explains the factors that shape the domestic and international monetary strategies of the European Central Bank (ECB). The policy-making model that offers the best roadmap to a healthy economy is that of the German Bundesbank. To secure the long-term needs of the economy, the decision-makers in the ECB have created a model that attempts to replicate the Bundesbank's success at the European level and to lend credibility to their own policies. Offering unprecedented access to the internal decision-making at the ECB, "Policy-Making in the European Central Bank" will interest readers who want to understand this important European institution.

The Future of Investing in Europe's Markets after MiFID
The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) is the biggest change programme Europe's capital markets have ever attempted. It takes all the protection away from Europe's Stock Exchanges and forces investment banks, brokers and dealers to guarantee best execution. The organisational, process and technology changes demanded by the MiFID are massive. In order to understand these challenges, industry commentator Chris Skinner has gathered the views of Europe's leading figures in the MiFID community to discuss its implications. From an introduction from the European Business School and European Commission, through the views of leaders in the key constituencies of MiFID Connect and the MiFID Joint Working Group, through to organisations supporting the markets such as Reuters and SWIFT, this book provides a 360-degree perspective of the world of investing in Europe's markets after the MiFID implementation. Anyone who has anything to do with dealing, trading and investing in European equities and instruments will find this book an essential guide to the markets now and into the future. With this book as their guide, readers will understand: " The key MiFID business issues " How to implement the directive " How it will affect the markets once it comes into force

Internet Banking and the Law in Europe: Regulation, Financial Integration and Electronic Commerce
The European Union has long sought to create a single financial area across Europe where consumers in one country benefit from financial markets and activities in other countries. With the emergence of the Internet as a platform for the provision of online banking services, the creation of a pan-European market for banking services appeared a realistic proposition. In practice, however, this has not happened. This book asks why and argues that the creation of banking markets via the Internet relies on both available technologies and appropriate laws and regulations. The institutional and legal framework for online banking services in the single European market are examined, as is the level of legal harmonization achieved in the UK, France and Germany under the influence of the EU Directives pertaining to online banking activities.

Food Safety Law in the European Union
The introduction of the General Food Law (GFL) marks a major step in the European Union's reform of food law. It provides the center of gravity for further modernization of the large body of EU and national food law. "Food Safety Law in the European Union" analyses the substantive and procedural elements of food law, taking the GFL as a focus point. In substantive law general principles are treated, as well as the rules on the composition of food, the handling of food, and the communication about food. This is treated in combination with procedural and institutional elements of food law. EU food law is intertwined with general EU law to provide both the foundation and the limits for food law. General EU law determines the division of powers, the institutions that exercise these powers, the available tools, the effects they have, and substantive limits to the choices that can be made for food law. It provides the protection of all who can be affected by food law. "Food Safety Law in the European Union" is written with the perspective of food law embedded in general EU law, highlights the consequences of this combination, and provides insights in both substantive and procedural EU food law.

EU Food Law: Protecting Consumers and Health in a Common Market (Modern Studies in European Law)
This is the first comprehensive analysis of the European Union law of food regulation. It details the way in which EU law impacts upon the production and sale of food throughout the Union. It examines the legal protection accorded to the free movement of food within the EU, discussing those circumstances in which Member States may derogate from this principle, in particular where this is done to protect human health or safeguard consumer interests. Chapter four discusses and places in context the international trade law influences on EU food law. Chapter five describes EU responses to recent food safety crises - avian influenza and BSE. The book also deals with issues such as nutrition law and policy, obesity, GMOs, organic food, animal welfare and food naming and labelling. This book offers an account of the historical, political, sociological and jurisprudential context of European Union food law. The author, who is an academic and consultant in this area, translates the legal and scientific complexities of food law into a lucid and compelling narrative. The resulting work will also prove an indispensable guide to the practitioner.

The U.N. Framework Convention on Climatic Change Activities Implemented Jointly (AIJ) Pilot: Experiences and Lessons Learned (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies)
This text is a comprehensive, in-depth review and summary of the UN FCCC AIJ pilot. Over 30 prominent players in the UN FCCC AIJ pilot, drawn from 12 countries, prepared the 16 peer-reviewed chapters in this book. Most chapters are extensively illustrated and the book contains a glossary of acronyms and a list of points of contact in the UN FCCC AIJ pilot. To help meet the technical and policy needs associated with the UN FCCC and complementary treaty negotiations, this book has three broad objectives: review, interpret and compile experiences of AIJ pilot participants and observers; based on empirical data and skilled observations, identify and document lessons learned from the AIJ pilot; and interpret, summarize and translate lessons learned for future consideration by FCCC parties. Specific topics covered include: an introduction to the AIJ pilot and the FCCC guidelines/criteria; AIJ project development and finance; the project development community; an overview of energy and land-use and forestry sector projects; sustainable development technology transfer; human and institutional capacity building; legal issues; and project monitoring, verification and reporting.

The Kyoto Protocol: International Climate Policy for the 21st Century
The adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in December 1997 was a major achievement in the endeavour to tackle the problem of global climate change at the dawn of the 21st century. After many years of involvement in the negotiation process, the book's two internationally recognised authors now offer the international community a first hand and inside perspective of the debate on the Kyoto Protocol. The book provides a comprehensive scholarly analysis of the history and content of the Protocol itself as well as of the economic, political and legal implications of its implementation. It also presents a perspective for the further development of the climate regime. These important features make this book an indispensable working tool for policy makers, negotiators, academics and all those actively involved and interested in climate change issues in both the developed and developing world.

Environmental Policy in the European Union: Actors, Institutions and Processes (Earthscan Reader)
Journal of Planning and Environmental Management, 49, 3, 2006, 472-474 A valuable and timely synopsis of the vast literature on EU environmental policy. a thoroughly enjoyable and informative book. I am delighted to add it to my bookshelf. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Environmental Politics in the European Union: Policy-making, Implementation and Patterns of Multi-level Governance (Issues in Environmental Politics): ... (Issues in Environmental Politics)
This book provides a comprehensive introduction into the making, the development and the implementation of European Union environmental politics. The environmental policy of the European Union (EU) has made impressive progress during the last three decades. Starting off as little more than a by-product of economic integration, environmental policy developed into a central area of EU policy-making. This book explores the driving forces behind this development. It identifies the central areas and instruments of EU environmental policy. It analyses the factors influencing not only the formulation, but also the implementation of environmental measures in the complex multi-level setting of the EU. On this basis, it takes a critical look at the EU's effectiveness and problem-solving capacity in the environmental field. Designed as a textbook at undergraduate and graduate level, the book employs a clear and insightful analytical perspective based on the theoretical state-of-the-art of EU policy studies. Thus, it provides an overview of the major theoretical approaches available in the field.

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