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Greece Before The Elections

Greece Before The Elections

By George Voskopoulos, Professor at University of Macedonia
Location Greece Greece

Greece is heading to a general election deeply divided in an extremely polarized climate. Polls show a clear lead of the leftist party Syriza, a fact that causes unrest in Germany. The prospect of a “third way” has led to an unprecedented direct involvement of EU and German officials in Greek politics, a fact not appreciated by the Greek electorate. The suggestion that we “do not want to talk to new faces after the election” […]

January 23, 2015 · 0 comments · European Union, Greece, Politics
Europe’s Conflict Between the West and Islam

Europe’s Conflict Between the West and Islam

By Giuseppe Terranova, Deputy Editor of the Online Newspaper West
Location Italy Italy

The conflict in Europe between the West and Islam has claimed about 275 innocent lives since the beginning of the new millennium. The massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is shocking but not surprising. Europe has certainly been under siege, not only for the past 72 hours, but for more than at least a decade. On March 11, 2004, an attack by an Islamic group on Madrid’s subway caused the deaths of 191 people. […]

January 12, 2015 · 1 comment · European Union, Islam, Spirituality
The State of Global Security After The Fall of The Berlin Wall

The State of Global Security After The Fall of The Berlin Wall

By Donika Emini, Researcher at the Kosovar Center for Security Studies in Prishtina
Location Kosovo Kosovo

NATO and its expansion—despite the fact that it was effective in the past—cannot provide answers to every transatlantic security issue. The fall of the Berlin Wall was indeed one of the most remarkable events in the twentieth century. The German reunification and retreat of Soviet forces in the 1990s did open a new era of reform in Europe as the German diplomat Mr. Wolfgang Ischinger stressed. Henceforth, the NATO of 1989 has proven to be […]

Juncker Plan: Economic Recovery or Business as Usual?

Juncker Plan: Economic Recovery or Business as Usual?

By Paulo Casaca, Portuguese Politician
Location Belgium Belgium

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s economic recovery plan corresponds to zero commitments of new public expenditure. BRUSSELS — The welcome gift handled to the new head of the European Commission by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists could not be more poisonous: a report on the tax favors he conceded from 2002 to 2010 (he was then both prime minister and minister of finance of Luxembourg) to hundreds of multinationals through an international consultancy. Luxembourg […]

Three Ways Europe can Promote Immigrant Participation

Three Ways Europe can Promote Immigrant Participation

By Arif Shala, Executive Director at the Institute for Economic Development Studies
Location Kosovo Kosovo

Immigrants add value to the country where they settle and EU countries have untapped potential among immigrants. Migration refers to change of residence, it is a more or less a permanent movement across space. People “emigrate” from one country and became “immigrants” in the new place of residence. With migration being a reality rather than a fiction, it is of paramount importance that EU Member States commit themselves to enable immigrants thrive. The need to […]

November 29, 2014 · 0 comments · Europe, European Union, Politics
PM Matteo Renzi: ‘Don’t Come Back to Italy, Change the World’

PM Matteo Renzi: ‘Don’t Come Back to Italy, Change the World’

By Giuseppe Terranova, Deputy Editor of the Online Newspaper West
Location Italy Italy

Just as on Article 18 of the Jobs Act, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has broken another taboo. Renzi this time caused a stir on the matter of brain drain, and you just have to read what he said on September 22 to the many Italian professionals working in Silicon Valley: “I’m not asking you to come home; continue with your work to change the world.” It’s a revolutionary statement, at least in Italy, where […]

September 24, 2014 · 1 comment · Business, Economics, Europe, European Union, Italy
Education is the Fundamental Driver for Kosovo

Education is the Fundamental Driver for Kosovo

By Arif Shala, Executive Director at the Institute for Economic Development Studies in Prishtine, Kosovo
Location Kosovo Kosovo

Two steps need to be taken immediately in Kosovo to ensure the improvement of the education system. How does a country pave its way towards economic growth and prosperity? Why is it that some countries simply never seem to be able to overcome their economic frictions? Education is the fundamental driver of national and global development. It is this realization that has triggered a focus in many countries towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, specifically […]

September 24, 2014 · 0 comments · Education, Europe, European Union, Kosovo