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Germany, the Euro and the Euro Crisis

by Thiess Petersen   In a recent article, Alexander Reisenbichler and Kimberly J. Morgen argue that ‘Germany won the Euro Crisis’[i]. I doubt that any country can be the winner of a major economic crisis, especially if we are talking about an exporting nation. Of course Germany does benefit from some economic developments of the … Continue reading

Religion in the EU : How Many Divisions ?

By François Foret Sociologists present Europe as “an exceptional case” to the extent that religious beliefs and practices have declined there more than in any other part of the world. It does not mean that religion is disappearing. On the contrary, it is becoming more visible in the political and public arenas, in new, individualised … Continue reading

An Examination of Decisions to Intervene in Libya and Syria

Why did the International Community Decide to Intervene in Libya, yet not in Syria? by Paul Stokes “The Middle East is a region where fools rush in, but wise men fear to tread.” – Leon Carl Brown This essay will explain why two countries, Libya and Syria – and two leaders, Muammar al-Gaddafi and Bashar … Continue reading

Civilizational dialogue – Great Powers and the Portuguese Role in a changing world

by David Garrido e Cunha Civilization is based on a concept of intellectual and cultural significance that we can date from classical antiquity. When we speak of Civilization, we immediately oppose it to the concept of barbaric or uncivilized – a term that designated in the western world, all those who, in the first instance … Continue reading

European regulator preparing database on bankers

By Laura Noonan   LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – The European Union will soon begin sharing information on how bankers fare in ‘fitness and probity’ tests in member states, making it harder for errant bankers to evade regulatory scrutiny by crossing national borders. The European Banking Authority’s regulation director Isabel Vaillant told Reuters that work … Continue reading

US-EU Trade Deal: Rosy Picture, but Long Road Ahead

By Arjun Kharpal   U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has billed it as potentially the “biggest bilateral trade deal in history”, but the U.S.-EU trade talks have suddenly entered tricky waters. Recent claims that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) bugged EU offices and hacked into its computer network have complicated the first round of … Continue reading

Brazil and Turkey’s Ripple Effect

by Jonathan Lima Matthews on June 30, 2013 Over the past four weeks Brazilians and Turks have been holding mass protests against their respective governments, albeit for very different reasons. Despite the catalyst for these protests being very local issues, they have gotten senior government officials from around the European Union concerned. I was in … Continue reading

Croatia has become the latest member of the EU periphery

Croatia’s accession is marked by public anxiety that it will be the latest fall guy of the EU political elite’s neoliberal ideology Croatia has become the 28th EU member state. The European leaders want us to believe that, in spite of the Union’s current crisis, this clearly testifies to the EU’s lasting transformative power, its … Continue reading