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Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: are transitioning countries better off?

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By Dimitrije Tasic November 9th, 2014 marked twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that symbolized the end of communism in Europe. Post-communist societies have hoped for better living standards and democracy. After a quarter of a century, it would be interesting to evaluate how (un)successful they were in this endeavor. […]

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Tax Evasion Scandal in the Heart of Europe

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By Dimitrije Tasic Stepping into his office in the first week of November as the new president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker announced that one of the main goals of his presidency is to start a fight against tax machinations and bring some morality and ethics into this issue. However, little did he know […]

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Inspector Gadgets: New Technological Challenges for British Spies

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By Ana Fumurescu The motif of the suave spy in an impeccable tuxedo has long been associated primarily with British intelligence, but it now looks as though the Bonds of this world will have to spend a bit less time cultivating their irresistibly secretive demeanors and a bit more time navigating today’s landscape of highly […]

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Britain and the UKIP vision: Flirtation or destiny?

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The ghost of rising Euroscepticism has been haunting the European Union for a considerable amount of time. Since the onset of the global financial crisis the level of support for EU’s institutions and policies has dropped to worryingly low levels in many member states. The United Kingdom is consistently positioned at the bottom of the […]

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What is negotiation?

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Negotiation is unequivocally one of the most essential tools in any conflict management an resolution activities. The primary purpose of any negotiation activity is to reduce differences between the parties. The differences that are at the core of the dispute. The faster conflict escalates, the more crucial it is to start considering negotiation as an […]

French economist Jean Marcel Tirole awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics

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By Dimitrije Tasic Several days ago, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences selected Jean Marcel Tirole to be the 75th recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics. This French economist (the third Frenchman ever to receive this award and 23rd non-American) comes from the Toulouse School of Economics and is recognized for his analysis of […]

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Lotus Festival brings the world to Bloomington

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By Andrew Miller Recently the streets of downtown Bloomington underwent a transformation. The bustle of traffic and the sound of honking horns was replaced with the hum of excited crowds and the beats of music from around the world. The 21st Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, which brings artists from across the globe to […]

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Serbia – fourteen years after the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic

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By Dimitrije Tasic October 5, 2014 marked fourteen years since the Democratic Opposition of Serbia coalition staged a mass protest in Belgrade forcing Slobodan Milosevic, president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) at the time, to resign. Butcher of the Balkans, a sobriquet coined for Milosevic in the Western media, reigned over Serbia for […]

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Puppet-master Putin: Part II

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by Ana Fumurescu First Ukraine, now Romania. While Putin has not been focusing his attention as closely on the “island of Latinity” in the Slavic sea as he has on the now war-torn Ukraine, he nevertheless seems to have his fingers tied around a few Romanian strings. Russia Today, the Kremlin’s television propaganda network, just […]

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A Quiet Success? The EU-China Partnership in Practice

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How are Sino-European relations doing today? “Rather well, since you ask.” This could have been President Xi Jinping’s reply to a hypothetical question he could have been asked during his recent visit to Brussels. For slightly over ten years since the launch of the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, links between the two giants are wider […]

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