Category Archives: Germany

Apr 3 2015

The Ukrainian Crisis: A Year On

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By Roberto Orsi More than a year has gone by since the overthrowal of Viktor Yanukovich, the starting point of a severe international crisis between Moscow and the West, successively escalated by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the outbreak of … Continue reading

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Mar 12 2015

Germany, the giant with the feet of clay

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By Terence Tse and Mark Esposito   On the surface, it stands to reason to think that, as Europe’s largest economy, Germany’s position in Europe can act as the saviour to pull the Eurozone out of its current plight. By … Continue reading

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Feb 14 2015

Greece’s government deserves benefit of doubt

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By Max Hänska Wednesday’s Eurogroup meeting managed to underwhelm low expectations, as talks even failed to agree the usual face-saving joint statement outlining a structured agenda for future talks. It appears Varoufakis disappointed Eurogroup ministers by arriving without a written plan, and … Continue reading

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Jan 9 2015

The challenge of responding to extreme political views: Germany struggles to address Pegida’s anti-Islam protests

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By Stefan Bauchowitz Unlike European countries in times of the financial crisis, Germany’s economic success meant that it largely avoided debates on closing off countries against a “tide of immigrants”, and populism was largely confined to opposition to bailouts in … Continue reading

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Jan 8 2015

Pegida shouldn’t be dismissed that easily

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By Alessio Colonnelli President Joachim Gauck and PM Angela Merkel have a point in cautioning the German public that Pegida (a German acronym standing for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) could normalize racism. Back in December Gauck … Continue reading

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Nov 11 2014

Time for the 89ers to Defend Europe

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By Henry Radice On the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the familiar rituals of remembrance feel particularly poignant in a year marking the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, yet itself scarred by a grim … Continue reading

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Jul 3 2014

European economy’s invisible transformation: expulsions and predatory capitalism

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By Saskia Sassen Parts of our economies, societies, and states in Europe are being stripped bare by an extreme form of predatory capitalism.[1] And this stripping can coexist with growth in much of our economies. The majority of workers and … Continue reading

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May 30 2014

The European Elections in Germany: Satire and Concerns over the European Project

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By Max Hänska The European elections in Germany didn’t produce major surprises, yet a mood of trepidation and uncertainty prevails. The Christian Democrats did better in absolute numbers than in the last election though relatively their share of the vote remained … Continue reading

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May 21 2014

The Crises in the Eurozone and Ukraine Have Heralded the ‘Return of Politics’ to European Integration

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By Luuk van Middelaar On New Year’s Eve 2011, a sober but moving ceremony took place in the Estonia theatre in Tallinn. Prime-minister Ansip withdrew his country’s first euros from an ATM outside the building, walked back inside and delivered … Continue reading

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May 12 2014

The Irreversible Crisis of the Ukrainian Experiment

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By Roberto Orsi The ongoing crisis in the Ukraine may be analysed under a series of different perspectives, each yielding narratives belonging to different genres: is this a crisis in military relations? Is this the product of peculiar psychological settings … Continue reading

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