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Athens’ Last Stand

Athens’ Last Stand

Last Thursday, Greece was momentarily shaken out of its crisis funk when Alexis Tsipras announced that he was resigning from the post of Prime Minister.

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Redefining Europe

Redefining Europe

How does Europe need to be “redefined”?

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The Overlooked Roots of the Greek Crisis

The Overlooked Roots of the Greek Crisis

There seems to be a widespread belief that Greece is in the trouble it is in today because it will not implement the policies that Europe has demanded of it.

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Syriza’s Moment

Syriza’s Moment

Greece’s far-left may have reached its day of reckoning far faster than anticipated.

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What fate for the EU-U.S. trade deal?

What fate for the EU-U.S. trade deal?

With all the attention turned to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), currently negotiated by the U.S. with 12 Asian countries, few seem to notice anymore the equally important Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States.

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Defending Europe

Defending Europe

While there are strong arguments in the EU’s defense, the EU remains unready – and according to some poll data, unwilling – to defend itself.

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Greece: Time for Syriza to lay its cards on the table

Greece: Time for Syriza to lay its cards on the table

Much to the expectation of eurozone pundits, Riga’s April 24 gathering of euro finance ministers made little progress in terms of reaching an agreement for Greece’s comprehensive list of reforms.

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Germany and U.S. Intelligence: Spies, Culture, and Politics

Germany and U.S. Intelligence: Spies, Culture, and Politics

Recent revelations about espionage could have a lasting impact on U.S.-German relations. If they do, the mechanism will probably be through Germany’s domestic politics. Despite being close allies, neither country seems to understand the other side’s perspective on the issue.

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Does the Greek Golden Dawn party threaten European unity?

Does the Greek Golden Dawn party threaten European unity?

“Who cares if six million Jews were exterminated? What I care about is the salary I have lost [and] the criminals who rule this country,” casually retorts a businessman sitting in a cafe in central Athens. Statements such as these clearly illustrate the ongoing frustration of the Greek population with their country’s shattered economy, and […]

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Reassurance First: Goals for an Ambitious Weimar Triangle

Reassurance First: Goals for an Ambitious Weimar Triangle

The current crisis in Ukraine is a game changer for Europe. While it has reignited a necessary public debate about collective measures to ensure Europe’s security, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) immediate neighborhood has witnessed a considerable worsening of security conditions for some time.

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Donbass Dilemmas

Donbass Dilemmas

People have been praising the strategy of Russian president Vladimir Putin toward eastern Ukraine and the successes that it has brought him there. Yet the more I think about it, the more I wonder how much strategy there is behind his actions and whether Putin is beginning to have second thoughts about those successes. Both […]

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Crimea: The Alsace-Lorraine of the Black Sea

Crimea: The Alsace-Lorraine of the Black Sea

  This past weekend, Russian marines in unmarked uniforms (or possibly, but less likely, private contractors paid by Russia) seized the airports of Crimea, allowing Russian planes to fly troops into that autonomous region of Ukraine while large-scale Russian military maneuvers to the north distracted the Ukrainian army. The quick and somewhat stealthy action permitted […]

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Breaking Down Ukraine’s Breakdown

Breaking Down Ukraine’s Breakdown

In the past several months, the world has been gripped by the graphic political drama unfolding in Ukraine, but events have often unfolded so fast that it has been difficult to put them in context. And although the violence has stopped, the future of Ukraine is more uncertain than ever before. Here we’ll break down […]

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2013 Year in Review: The State of European Affairs

2013 Year in Review: The State of European Affairs

At the end of each year I tried to reflect on the most important events that took place in Europe (see my comments for 2011 and 2012). Aside from the political look down in DC, tensions in South-East Asia, instabilities in the Middle East and North Africa, among many other stories, seven stories caught my attention […]

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Leaders Wanted

Leaders Wanted

A Lack of Credible Opposition Candidates Has Stalled Democratic Progress Along the Black Sea Since late November, ever since Ukraine’s President, Victor Yanukovych, refused to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union, protestors have congregated in downtown Kiev, defying what they see as a blatant attempt to maintain a post-Soviet world order in a […]

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