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Democracy on the decline in CEE

A new report points to danger, even in EU member states Twenty years ago, many were enthralled by the exhilarating and seemingly inevitable sweep of history moving across the countries of the former Soviet bloc. From Vilnius to Almaty, it was thought the final victory of liberal democracy and capitalism was at hand in lands… Keep Reading

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An EU banking union has many possible pitfalls

Structural issues not addressed by plan to unite financial policy In the past few weeks, the idea of establishing a European banking union has become the latest remedy advanced as a solution to the long-running euro crisis. But, whatever the merits of a banking union – and there are many – proposals to establish one… Keep Reading

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Norwegian politician criticizes Barnevernet

Simonsen: Norwegian Embassy makes gross bluff about Norwegian child protection The Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest has published a fairly long statement about the Norwegian Child Welfare Services (Barnevernet) on its webpage. It’s probably the same information other Norwegian embassies spread to various countries, including the Czech Republic. This statement is inaccurate and in part downright… Keep Reading

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South Korean Sex Trade: Is It Covering Up A Bigger Human Rights Crisis?

The sex trade is notoriously strong in Asian countries like South Korea. Although prostitution is illegal, it operates openly throughout all of South Korea. Brothers, clubs, and “health clubs” are all in the public eye.  It has been a severe problem for many decades. Most of the forced sex trafficking occurs domestically although migrant workers… Keep Reading

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Europe’s Fitful Financial Integration

‘The road to pan-European regulation over the last two decades has been winding and rocky’ LONDON – The well-publicized troubles of Portugal’s Banco Espírito Santo this summer have reminded us that the eurozone’s financial problems are by no means resolved. There are, no doubt, idiosyncratic factors behind the bank’s problems, stemming from its exposure to… Keep Reading

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The Trouble with Universal Education

‘It is time to abandon this unrealistic goal in favor of an achievable, targeted, and cost-effective approach’ by Bjørn Lomborg COPENHAGEN – With the deadline for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals fast approaching, the world is gearing up to establish a new set of goals for the next 15 years. Given limited resources, policymakers… Keep Reading

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The Framing of MH-17

Characterizing the downing of MH17 publicly as a war crime may prove beneficial in apprehending the perpetrators PHILADELPHIA – US President Barack Obama called the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 an “outrage of unspeakable proportions,” whereas Russian President Vladimir Putin termed it an “accident” and a “terrible tragedy.” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko branded it… Keep Reading

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China’s Climate Commitment

‘This transformation promises not only to benefit the environment, but also to create new sources of economic growth’ BEIJING – In what some might consider a surprising development, China – currently the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide – is emerging as a global leader in climate policy as it seeks to build a cleaner… Keep Reading

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The Waste of War

‘As was the case a century ago, vain and ignorant leaders are pushing into battle without clear purpose’ by Jeffrey D. Sachs NEW YORK – Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Yet when we look around nowadays, we can’t help but wonder whether… Keep Reading

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Safer Climate Disasters

Climate change has forced us to change fundamentally the way we analyze disaster risk management NEW YORK – Too often, participants in the climate-change debate make an erroneous distinction between protecting ourselves from the longer-term impact of global warming and better preparing ourselves against today’s extreme weather events. Recent reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental… Keep Reading

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