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  • Syriza’s Spinning, but Nobody’s Buying

    The Greek crisis is accelerating more rapidly than many anticipated. As CNN reports: Greek markets are tumbling after the European Central Bank raised the pressure on the country’s new anti-austerity government to stick to the terms of its massive international bailout program, a message Germany is likely to reinforce later Thursday. The ECB said late

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  • A League of His Own: Italy’s Northern League under Salvini

    Italy’s far-right Northern League has received considerable attention due to its recent surge in popularity. In the wake of the January 7th Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris the Northern League, a historically xenophobic party, was able to capitalize off European fears of Islamic extremism. According to the Wall Street Journal, a recent poll found 13%

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  • Austerity, the Hardworking and the Feckless

    About two years ago, the current UK finance minister George Osborne commented that ‘hard-working people’ left for work every morning while ‘behind the blinds’ of the house opposite people on benefits were sleeping in. The ‘hard-working’ person was paying for the feckless “to stay at home and not work”. At the time, I wrote a

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  • After European Parliament Elections

    Dr. Dilek YİGİT Elections to the European Parliament which is one of two wings of European Union legislative power, in other words, using European Union’s legislative competences with the Council of Ministers, were held on 22-25 May 2014. What makes these Parliament elections important is that this is the first Parliament election in the process

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  • Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in the Scope of Accelerating Iran-Armenian Relations

    BY ZAUR SHIRIYEV** | 08.06.2011 At present, the international community’s preoccupation with Middle East Unrest overshadows a new trend in Iranian-Armenian political relations affecting the South Caucasus. The officials and former civil servants of Iran have frequently made statements in support of Iranian-Armenian diplomacy. In these statements they express anxiety, about the armament of the

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  • Why We Need the Council of Europe

    Strasbourg, the seat of many European institutions, will host the first World Forum for Democracy from 5 to 11 October. Unlike the EU, the European Council — a co-organiser of the Forum — works exclusively for human rights and freedoms. Democracy is still the mobilising force (for China’s opposition, Arab populations) but in the 21st century

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  • Security Policy in the European Union and the United States through the Issue of Their Defence Expenditures

    Security policy is a very important factor of a nation’s strength as it determines considerably its political independence and social stability. Security policy is not just the implementation of a nation’s deterrence policy so as to protect its human capital and infrastructure but also it is the way of preservation and protection of a society’s

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  • Cypriot Natural Gas and the Eastern Mediterranean: Between Crisis and Cooperation

    Natural resources have long been the cause of both development and conflict. Of course, in resource-abundant countries natural resources have, more often than not, caused conflict rather than development. However, the same cannot be said for third countries, often colonial powers, which exploited such resources abroad for their own development. BY ZENONAS TZIARRAS | APRIL

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  • Culture, Religion, EU-Turkey and Cyprus: Dilemma

    Cultural differences have become, in the eyes of some, an impediment to Turkish accession to the EU. French sociologist Amaury de Riencourt makes a clear distinction between culture and civilization. From his perspective, “..Culture and Civilisation are two expressions that have been used more or less indiscriminately and interchangeably in the past. The distinction between

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  • Sacking Sarkozy won’t be enough

    The new French president will have to make a decision about a European treaty that would demand still greater austerity. The choice will affect the future of France, and of Europe BY SERGE HALIMI | APRIL O7, 2012 Will the French elect a different president, but leave unresolved all the issues raised in the election

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  • Cameron’s Munich?

    Is this David Cameron’s Munich? It is not without historical irony that the only other country to stand with Britain over the Fiscal Compact at yesterday’s EU Summit was the Czech Republic which Chamberlain sold out to Hitler at Munich in 1938.  Last night Martin Callanan, the leader of British Conservatives in the European Parliament accused the Prime Minister

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  • 2011, Lessons of Hubris

    The Arab uprisings expose the self-delusion of the powerful – from the region itself to Turkey, Germany and the rest of Europe. This is a moment to register and build on, says Kerem Oktem. BY DR. KEREM OKTEM | DECEMBER 24, 2011 Two world-historical events in 2011 changed the world as we knew it. In

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  • Stiffen the Sinews, Prime Minister

    Written by PROF. JULIAN LINDLEY-FRENCH Dear Prime Minister Cameron, We are both off to Brussels today. You are going to attend some minor event at which you are expected by your German and French hosts to play a minor bit part. I will be attending (and you will love this) a meeting on the cost

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  • €-Day: Just How Broke Are We Europeans?

    Written by PROF. JULIAN LINDLEY-FRENCH Saturday, 03 December 2011 16:02 Oslo, Norway. 2 December. €-Day approacheth and with it the Onion’s day of reckoning. Norway is not in the EU and yet strangely there is no visible sign that civilisation is about to collapse. Quite the reverse! Indeed, it is nice to be in a country

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