Germany and the United States Are Missing the Bus on Infrastructure Investment

By Bartek Starodaj

“Germany is collapsing.” This was the headline of a recent provocative article in German news magazine Der Spiegel that criticized the sorry state of Germany’s infrastructure. And indeed, even as the U.S. economy appears to be growing strongly for the first time in seven years, and as Germany’s economy limps along, political leaders in both countries have resigned themselves to reducing infrastructure investment and delaying mounting maintenance costs.

Center of Peace and Consent


By Georgij Karatayev

The 20th anniversary of foundation of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan (APK) is celebrated this year. Being established as a Presidential advisory and consultative body APK has turned today into a public instrument for maintaining of the bridge between different social institutions of the country. 

"Riga Process" moves ahead towards creating EU Energy Union

Lithuania's Minister of Energy Rokas Masiulis paid a visit to Riga to take part in a conference on the creation of the European Energy Union. Latvia is currently presiding over the Council of the European Union. The Lithuanian energy minister says such union might contribute to dealing with issues which are given insufficient attention on the current EU agenda and which lack European-level support.