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    A web of unholy alliances: How the US has indirectly aided Ankara’s attempts to undermine the Kurds in Syria and Turkey

A web of unholy alliances: How the US has indirectly aided Ankara’s attempts to undermine the Kurds in Syria and Turkey

Turkey committed itself to conducting operations against Islamic State following a suicide bombing in the town of Suruç in July. However, as Bill Park writes, the country has faced criticism over its decision to link operations to attacks carried out against Kurdish forces. He notes that the complex nature of Turkey’s involvement in the conflict has indirectly allied the […]

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    Ancient Greece is where Western civilisation began, and modern Greece is where it ends

Ancient Greece is where Western civilisation began, and modern Greece is where it ends

Is the Greek debt crisis simply an isolated case or could similar debt problems develop in other countries across Europe and the rest of the world? Michael Ben-Gad writes that while it is easy to find examples of mismanagement and clientelistic behaviour in Greek society, it would be dangerous to regard the crisis as unique to Greece. He argues […]

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    An Australian points system for immigration would be entirely inappropriate for the UK’s economy

An Australian points system for immigration would be entirely inappropriate for the UK’s economy

Immigration is one of the key issues in the context of the UK’s EU membership referendum, with several politicians advocating a shift away from free movement within the EU toward an Australian points-based system for managing immigration. But would such a system help or hinder the UK economy? Randall Hansen writes that while the system has a mixed record […]

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    Greece shows the flaws in pursuing a common monetary policy response to economic shocks across the EU

Greece shows the flaws in pursuing a common monetary policy response to economic shocks across the EU

To what extent is the Greek debt crisis a function of wider flaws in the design of the single currency? Bruce Morley writes that while Greece’s debt already exceeded 100 per cent of GDP in the 1990s, it is not simply the size of a country’s debt that determines whether it is sustainable. He argues that the real problems […]

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    Greece illustrates the importance of staying within economic limits

Greece illustrates the importance of staying within economic limits

What lessons can Greece provide with a view to preventing future debt crises? Carol Osler writes that the Greek debt crisis illustrates the importance of staying within economic limits. She notes that while it is impossible to ensure countries will always be financially responsible, well-run societies should aim to protect citizens from the dangers associated with excess government debt.

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    It is time for the European Union to redefine what it means to be a ‘refugee’

It is time for the European Union to redefine what it means to be a ‘refugee’

EU member states will hold a meeting on 14 September to discuss Europe’s escalating migration crisis. As Christopher J. Ayres writes, the crisis has prompted discussions over whether individuals seeking to enter the EU should be classified as ‘refugees’ or simply ‘migrants’. He argues that in light of these debates it is time for the EU to drop the […]

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