Tag Archives: Corruption

Mar 15 2017

The Moral Question in Italian Politics

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By Roberto Orsi Corruption in Italy is a constantly debated problem. However, it is largely framed as a moral and legal issue. This piece suggests instead that the root of the corruption problem is political and constitutional, as it lies … Continue reading

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Sep 8 2015

Lebanon: contesting trash politics

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By Adham Saouli The 29 of August 2015 may one day be remembered as historic in Lebanon’s turbulent history. At 6pm angry people from different ages, walks of life, regions, and sectarian communities began to gather in Martyr’s Square in … Continue reading

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May 28 2015

Greek Media in Disarray

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By Maria Kyriakidou There is perhaps no other field that better illustrates how deeply ingrained clientelism is in Greek political culture than the media sector. Politicians, media and business have long been operating as a ‘triangle of power’, where private … Continue reading

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Aug 11 2014

Plagiarism Frenzy in Serbia: In Deep Mud

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By Natalija Miletic A spate of plagiarism scandals has been shaking Serbia’s political and university life, with issues being raised about political parties’ and public officials’ malpractices in obtaining PhD degrees, and about the integrity of Serbian higher education in … Continue reading

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Jul 24 2014

The Spanish government has to engage constructively with a rising Catalan secessionist movement

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By Diego Muro and Martijn Vlaskamp The Catalan secessionist movement may fail in bringing about the political independence of Catalonia, but it has already succeeded at one thing: getting their supporters’ hopes up. Within the pro-independence campaign there are many … Continue reading

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Oct 23 2013

Political opportunism and the rise of extremism in Greece

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By Vassilis Paipais Respected commentators of domestic politics in Greece often point to the rise of extremism in the country in the form of radical right-wing formations, such as the infamous Golden Dawn, by citing the lack of a deep … Continue reading

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Oct 8 2013

The Demise of Italy and the Rise of Chaos

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by Roberto Orsi Future historians will probably regard Italy as the perfect showcase of a country which has managed to sink from the position of a prosperous, leading industrial nation just two decades ago to a condition of unchallenged economic … Continue reading

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Aug 30 2013

The Quality of Democracy in Spain Took a Great Leap Backwards in 2012

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By Luis Bouza García Since 2008, the left-leaning Fundación Alternativas has produced an annual report evaluating the quality of democracy in Spain. This study relies on a survey of social scientists familiar with Spanish politics and society, and has the … Continue reading

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Jun 15 2013

The struggle over the Greek national broadcaster: a debate of extremes

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By Maria Kyriakidou Greece is once more in turmoil. The sudden and shocking shutdown of the state television and radio network, ERT, by the government last Tuesday was met with angry demonstrations not only by the virtually 2,600 employees of … Continue reading

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Apr 25 2013

Who’s reporting the crisis? The state of the media in Greece

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By Maria Kyriakidou Greece has been ranked 84th among 179 countries for freedom of the press, according to the 2013 World Press Freedom Index published in January 2013 by the international NGO “Reporters Without Borders”, with a staggering fall of … Continue reading

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