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Book Review: Underground War to Balkan Insurgency
Profiles & Reviews / Russia & FSU

Book Review: Underground War to Balkan Insurgency

by Sophie Gnesda After decades of peaceful independence movements proved as an unsuccessful tool for obtaining national statehood, Kosovo won its independence by force, emerging as a new state following a series of bloody conflicts. Those who fought at the front lines are today negotiating the future of the country as soldiers-made-political leaders. The monograph … Continue reading

Un Elysée « bleu Marine » en 2017 ?
Europe / Relations | Internationale(s) | Beziehungen

Un Elysée « bleu Marine » en 2017 ?

by Johanna Lindner Ces dernières années, le Front National (FN), parti politique français d’extrême-droite a le vent en poupe en surfant sur la « vague bleu Marine ».* Aux dernières élections européennes, le FN arriva en tête des suffrages en France avec 24,95% des votes. Il remporta alors quatre sièges de plus pour ses eurodéputés … Continue reading

Informationsfreiheit? Nicht im Land der Amtsverschwiegenheit
Europe / Relations | Internationale(s) | Beziehungen

Informationsfreiheit? Nicht im Land der Amtsverschwiegenheit

by Teresa Reiter Als der ehemalige österreichische Umweltminister Nikolaus Berlakovich 2013 in Zusammenhang mit dem Thema Bienensterben vom Radiosender Ö1 gefragt wurde, wie viele Tonnen Umweltgifte in Österreich jährlich eingesetzt werden, verweigerte er die Information und rechtfertigte dies zum Ärger vieler Zuhörer mit der sogenannten „Amtsverschwiegenheit“. Das Amtsgeheimnis, wie man im Alltag dazu sagt, ist … Continue reading

Europe / International Economics

Jean Tirole: Nobel Laureate and Regulator

by Matthew Short Jean Tirole rocked the world of professional economists when he received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. He was awarded for his work in the fields of industrial regulation, competition and strategic behavior in non-competitive industries, such as banking and telecommunications. The French native and Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate whose … Continue reading

Trading Your Way Out of the Economic Crisis
International Economics / World

Trading Your Way Out of the Economic Crisis

by Matthew Rae September’s trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union have reignited a heated debate about genetically modified foods. Widely disdained in Europe by a public wary of the health effects and damages to the ecosystem, most of the debate has centered on the U.S. genetically modified (GMs) grains infiltrating European … Continue reading

Europe / International Politics

A Peaceful Settlement for Minorities: The Danish-German Model

by Laura Pelzmann Europe has recently seen a surge of nationalism-inspired conflicts and disputes, such as the Crimean crisis between Russia and Ukraine, as well as the Basque and Catalan independence movements. Conflicting identities spark nationalistic clashes, and as the number of irredentist claims increases, the question of life after the conflict becomes ever more … Continue reading

Falling Short in Wales: The 2014 NATO Summit and the Capability Gap
International Politics / World

Falling Short in Wales: The 2014 NATO Summit and the Capability Gap

by Michael Woolslayer Leaders from the twenty-eight member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) gathered in September in Newport, Wales, for a summit considered by many as the most important since the end of the Cold War. The packed agenda included the looming end of the decade-long mission in Afghanistan, the conflict in … Continue reading

Europe / International Politics

Viktor Orbán’s Russian Roulette: A Foreign Security Dilemma

by András Zágoni-Bogsch Hungarian media were startled in mid-October when the news broke that six of the country’s citizens had been banned from entering the United States for alleged tax evasion, that harmed American economic interests. All reportedly had ties to the cabinet of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. He has governed the country for the … Continue reading