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Caught Between East & West

Caught  Between East & West

On the first Sunday of November, 70,000 Moldovans gathered at a rally in the capital Chisinau. They were pledging support for the government’s pro-western policies in the run up to a major summit in Vilnius on 28 and 29 November, where Moldova was due to initial an “association agreement” with the European Union. Moldova, officially […]

Populists In the Fast Lane

Populists In the Fast Lane

The heads of the traditional Austrian parties, the Social Democrats and the Austrian People’s Party, could teach their cousins in the Czech Republic a thing or two about what it’s like when parties lose power and voter support, and populist movements of various colours jostle to get into parliament. Although the results of September’s parliamentary […]

The Real Game of Thrones

The Real Game of Thrones

In the TV series Game of Thrones, across a continent with more than passing resemblance to Europe, families battle to attain the Iron Throne. Drama, scheming, and no shortage of blood gushes in with each episode. The show’s popularity may be due to its violence, dragons, and a generous dose of nudity – but it […]

Jobs, Hope and La Lengua

Jobs, Hope and La Lengua

Tied snugly into her apron and Dirndl, balancing plates of Schnitzel and mugs of house-brewed beer, Estela Muñoz is a journalist disguised as a waitress, having found a job in Vienna using the English and Spanish that had gotten her nowhere at home. Luckily for her, the traditional Austrian Gasthaus has plenty of international customers. […]

Eastern Europe’s Davos

Eastern Europe’s Davos

Play Inc. executive Jorg Bang-Jensen has reason to smile. The CEO of Poland’s fourth largest mobile operator has been able to report “steady growth” since the company started operations just six months before the financial crisis.   Now, the question is, “Is the crisis over?” dominated  discussion at Central Europe’s annual gathering of economic futurists […]

A Weaker Euro for A Stronger Europe

A Weaker Euro for A Stronger Europe

What can be done to help the “crisis economies” of southern Europe reduce their external deficits? The debate is often presented as a conflict between the deficit-burdened PIIGS – Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain – and the eurozone’s current-account-surplus countries, particularly Germany. But a new and more important imbalance has emerged in recent years: […]

Riding for Erasmus

Riding for Erasmus

A dozen sturdy bikes whirr past on the sun-scorched path that weaves through the floodplains forest of the Lobau, just east of Vienna. The group say they are a “moving megaphone” for a more integrated Europe. Sprouting from the luggage-carriers above their rear wheels, the bikes sport small flags that wag in the wind, giving […]

France’s German Mirror

France’s German Mirror

NEWS ANALYSIS:  Berlin’s Tegel Airport, which still greets most of the passengers arriving in the capital of Europe’s leading economic power, is outdated and provincial. The opening of Schönefeld Airport, transformed into an international hub, has been delayed for more than a year for technical reasons (a somewhat reassuring challenge to Germany’s reputation for efficiency). […]

The Big Fish Story

The Big Fish Story

“Right now in our world, the power of money rules,” said shaven-headed, small-scale fisherman Christian Zovic, gazing out at the sparkling Adriatic Sea at the port of Koper in Slovenia, “but our power lies in our numbers. We are many, and if we unite we can change things for the better.” The changes Zovic dreams […]

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