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Apr 28 2013
Europe has paid close attention to Italy in recent months, in the wake of an inconclusive election that created much uncertainty. In Modern Italy in Historical Perspective, Nick Carter takes a close look at Italy’s troubled history, tracing the roots … Continue reading
Posted by: April 28, 2013
Feb 27 2013
Changing the way that referees are paid would be an important step towards preventing match fixing in European football.
Earlier this month Europol announced some preliminary results from a major investigation into match fixing in world football. In total, 380 matches played in Europe have been identified as suspicious, with 425 individuals suspected of involvement. Tito Boeri and Battista … Continue reading
Posted by: February 27, 2013
Nov 9 2012
New laws that cast NGOs as “foreign agents” illustrate the threat to academic collaboration in Russia.
In July, the Russian government passed a law forcing foreign funded NGOs to register as “foreign agents”. Elena Omelchenko and Anna Zhelnina write that this law is part of a trend for Russian authorities to attack social scientists that collaborate … Continue reading
Posted by: November 9, 2012
Nov 1 2012
Although there is little truth behind the ‘Godfather’ stereotype, mafia infiltration remains a serious problem in Italian politics.
From the Godfather to Tony Soprano, the idea of the Mafia continues to have a special place in Western popular culture. Francesco Calderoni argues that despite the popularity of Mafia stereotypes, relatively little research has been carried out on the … Continue reading
Posted by: November 1, 2012
Sep 12 2012
Successive Russian leaders have regarded the law as an instrument of the state rather than a constraint on it. Reflecting on the recent trial and imprisonment of Russian band Pussy Riot and moves to oust dissenting politician Gennady Gudkov, Mark … Continue reading
Posted by: September 12, 2012
Aug 30 2012
The anti-democratic tendencies now prominent in some parts of Eastern Europe may soon become an even bigger headache for the EU than the Eurozone crisis.
Twelve countries have joined the EU since 2004, with Croatia’s accession expected in 2013. Tamas Dezso Czigler argues that while the Eurozone’s economic problems are currently dominating attention, the EU is also facing a growing crisis in the new accession … Continue reading
Posted by: August 30, 2012