By Wolfgang Keck, Peter Krause (auth.), Richard J. Estes (eds.)
Environmentalissuescontinuedtoloomlargeinthelastdecadeofthetwentiethc- tury,especiallyenvironmentalproblemsrelatedtorisinglevelsofCO emissionsand 2 different greenhouse gases at the planet’s standard temperatures and, in this case, hurricane styles. Floods and droughts, together with unseasonably low and high temperatures grew to become the norm instead of the exception for giant expanses of Africa,Asia and Oceania. Even huge parts of Europe and NorthAmerica have been s- jected to recurrent floods and droughts and skilled unseasonable extremes of cold and warm temperatures linked to man-made intrusions into the normal setting. And,still,aglobalplanofactiontohaltman-relatedpatternsofdef- estation, desertification, and over-fishing of the seas has but to come back into being. even as, the variety of local conflicts and civil wars elevated and, with them, the lives of many ladies, youngsters, previous humans and different n- fighters have been misplaced in those conflicts. more and more, nearby wars and conflicts had much less to do with disputes over land or different ordinary assets yet extra with the differing social, political and spiritual identifications of the folks engaged in those conflicts. Warnings of genocide and near-genocide stipulations have been in general proclaimed to the realm neighborhood yet, unfortunately, the planet’s inter- tional safety equipment proved to be principally useless in containing a few of the worst of those atrocities. for that reason, millions of individuals, ev- tually hundreds of thousands, died whereas expecting the help of the worldwide neighborhood to deliver an finish to their suffering.
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First, labor force participation is not historically low, which means that there are no traditional barriers to increase labor force participation like exist in many of the southern European member states. Part-time contracts are fairly rare. There are more options for restructuring the employment sector—presuming economic growth—than in many of the old EU member states. Second, the share of population with high educational attainment in the post-communist countries is as high as in the northern EU 15 states.
But even though growth rates are high in percentages, the absolute distance between the NMS and the EU 15 has increased. The NMS mean is still far lower than the EU 15 minimum held by Greece (2001). In contrast to the EU 15, the rank order within the new member countries did not change much. Malta, Cyprus, and Slovenia have the highest GDP per capita rates, the Baltic States and Poland are still below the threshold of 10,000 PPS per capita. As a consequence, the diversity in GDP increases sharply in the enlarged European Union compared to the former EU 15, with Luxembourg, which has more than twice the GDP per capita, and the Baltic States, which have less than half of the EU 25 average GDP per capita.
EUROPEAN UNION ENLARGEMENT 23 Notes 1. The notion of social cohesion has no distinct and broadly accepted definition (Jenson, 1998, p. 4). In most of the standard encyclopedias, “social cohesion” does not appear at all. And the term cohesion itself refers to a rather vague concept of integrity of a social entity. Historical roots date back to the work of Émile Durkheim. For him, cohesion as an outcome of the different forms of solidarity is a core factor in creating social order and clarifying what makes it possible for people live together peacefully in a society [Durkheim, 1995 (orig.