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The Erosion of Europe

The Erosion of Europe

Just weeks ago, the worst of the financial crisis in Europe seemed to be over. Stability seemed to be returning. But appearances proved to be deceptive. A minor problem (at least in scale) like Cyprus, when combined with an almost unbelievable degree of incompetence among the “troika” (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the […]

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 […]

Austerity & the Lessons of 1919

Austerity & the Lessons of 1919

I’ve never liked the word “austerity”: It conjures up the world of Scrooge and Cruella Deville, of humourless Puritans and knuckle rapping schoolmarms determined to kill the least sign of enthusiasm before it gets out of hand. My childhood had its fair share of these characters, and I was familiar with the result. In the […]

Promising Gas Fields In Cyprus

Promising Gas Fields In Cyprus

Since the discovery of gas fields some 180 km offshore south of Cyprus in late 2011, the country has been keen to talk up its potential as a future eastern Mediterranean energy hub. For Europe, this and later finds add weight to the theory that the eastern Mediterranean could hold the key to European energy […]

Damaso Reyes and The Europeans

Damaso Reyes and The Europeans

With the reconstruction of European identity on his mind, Damaso Reyes set out to challenge our picture of everyday life in Europe in the new millennium. The Europeans, a fresh and nuanced photojournalistic project on European society, focuses on change in the long term, on changes – social, political and economic – occurring within Europe and to European people. In his photos, Reyes […]

New Europe and the Old U.S.A.

New Europe and the Old U.S.A.

This essay is excerpted from a previously unpublished monograph “The United States of Europe? – Reflections on Federalism, Christian Values and the Public Philosophy” that can be found in full here.  There is scarcely a topic about which more nonsense is spoken in discussions of the future of the European Union than the idea of […]

Pipeline gets go-ahead

Pipeline gets go-ahead

The South Stream Pipeline, a €15.5 billion Russian gas pipeline to Europe, has received the final signatures it authorising it’s construction slated to begin on 7 Dec. The pipeline will carry Russian natural gas to Europe with an annual supply of 15.75 billion cubic metres with an eventual full capacity of 63bcm by 2018. South […]

Book Review: Anna Porter’s The Ghosts of Europe

Book Review: Anna Porter’s The Ghosts of Europe

The Prisoner Syndrome “We now have democracy,” remarked Czechoslovakia’s president Tomas Masaryk in 1918, after the cobbling together of his beloved postwar multinational state, “all we need are some democrats.” Unfortunately, the countries of Central Europe were to endure some ninety-odd years of identity crisis, marred by decades of totalitarian rule – both fascist and […]

Organ donor scandal

Organ donor scandal

A former senior transplant surgeon of the Göttingen University Clinic in Germany allegedly falsified his patients’ medical tests so that they could receive donor organs more quickly. The scandal unveiled in July 2012, and there are currently 23 such cases from 2010 and 2011 under investigation by the German authorities. They also found that a […]

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