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Why Putin Likes the West

Why Putin Likes the West

Allow me to make two observations before I turn to my remarks. The Mission statement of the Forum’s website asks that we be honest and direct.  And so, although I do not wish to appear overly harsh in my observations, nevertheless I am obliged to be frank and open.  ...

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A Chance for Peace in Ukraine?

A Chance for Peace in Ukraine?

The proposed UN peacekeeping mission to Ukraine needs a combination of Western sticks and carrots. Diplomacy is not enough.

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Can the Balkans get serious about tackling crime?

Can the Balkans get serious about tackling crime?

The New Year didn’t bring any respite for Albania’s beleaguered government as January saw the renewal of public protests with tens of thousands descending on capital Tirana, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama over his alleged links to organized crime. The leader of the ruling Socialist Party ...

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Is Minsk II in danger?

Is Minsk II in danger?

The last year has seen a period of deadlock in Eastern Ukraine, as the armed conflict continues into 2018 amid fruitless attempts to reach a stable ceasefire. But as new factors emerge, should we expect a flare-up in the Donbass region? Permanent ceasefire remains beyond reach The progress on Minsk II ...

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In the Balkans, crony capitalism runs deep

In the Balkans, crony capitalism runs deep

The fall of Croatia’s biggest privately-owned company, Agrokor, has brought into sharp relief the extent to which crony capitalism, botched privatizations, and corruption still hold sway in the Balkans. In a recent report, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom highlighted the Agrokor scandal – and the actions of its larger-than-life owner, ...

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In oligarchic Ukraine, Manafort is a symptom of a wider disease

In oligarchic Ukraine, Manafort is a symptom of a wider disease

Nearly eclipsing the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the Euromaidan protests last Tuesday was the latest in the ongoing scandal surrounding former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. According to newly released records, the beleaguered political consultant traveled to Moscow at least 18 times during his nearly decade’s worth ...

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French Employee Suicides after the France Telecom Tragedy

French Employee Suicides after the France Telecom Tragedy

Since 2006 and peaking after 2008, several employee suicides took place after the privatization of France Telecom. Now part of international telecommunications giant Orange, sixty France Telecom employees committed suicide over a three year period as cut backs destabilized that company and developed into what could be described as a ...

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The origins of the Catalonia crisis

The origins of the Catalonia crisis

Spain is on the verge of imposing direct rule over Catalonia, with potentially explosive consequences. GRI’s Marc Hernando Santacana asks: How did we get here? The dramatic developments since the independence referendum may feel sudden, but nationalism in the Catalan region of Spain is nothing new. There was the Modernist ...

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The Unforgettable Moments of Martyrs

The Unforgettable Moments of Martyrs

The focus on an event, movement or death of a leader has always been the rallying cry for many movements that sought to change the status quo. Even in a relatively peaceful country like Canada, the words of a one Lord Durham in a report in the 1800s ...

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In the Quest for Successful Refugee Integration, Merkel Must Address Employment Discrimination Against Ethnic Minorities in Germany Head-On

In the Quest for Successful Refugee Integration, Merkel Must Address Employment Discrimination Against Ethnic Minorities in Germany Head-On

On Sunday, Germany elected Angela Merkel as chancellor for the fourth time, matching the postwar record set by the late Helmut Kohl, who was chancellor of West Germany at the time I was born there. Helmut Kohl has cemented his place in German and European history as the unifier of East ...

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The Power of the Franco-American Alliance

The Power of the Franco-American Alliance

This is a critical time for the United States and Europe. On both sides of the Atlantic, societies are revolting against elites.

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An Independent Catalonia May Promote Worldwide Independence Movements

An Independent Catalonia May Promote Worldwide Independence Movements

National governments in federally unified states rarely allow for a national legal process to break up its own federation.

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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

An overview of what to expect in the coming week. Headlined by Brexit talks, the German election, and Trump's first official conference at the U.N.

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Three Problems Facing Spain’s Government Today

Three Problems Facing Spain’s Government Today

The medium-term outlook in Spain is under pressure from three issues. Its politicians will have to act judiciously to avoid a constitutional crisis. 

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Brexit and the Irish Border

Brexit and the Irish Border

Brexit was fought and decided on immigration. Yet while the argument about migrants was debated, the issue of the Irish border was largely ignored.

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