The president, the professor, and the resolution of the Italian political crisis

Despite probably being the single most widely criticised act by an Italian President, Sergio Mattarella´s veto on 27 May, which had resulted in postponing...
The Karl Marx Monument in Chemnitz, Germany. (Credit: gravitat-OFF/Flickr)

Happy 200th birthday, Karl Marx!

Most Marxists and anti-Marxists alike probably fail to realise that the highest praise for capitalism is to be found in Marx and Engels’ Manifesto...
Making sense of the Trump's withdrawal from the JCPOA. (Credit: Marco Verch/Flickr)

The JCPOA and Iran’s economic future

On 9 May 2018, Donald Trump announced that US would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) because the agreement was of...

Splitting the Iran nuclear deal

On Tuesday, 8 May, US President Donald Trump announced that USA would leave the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the official agreement...
March for Europe in London, July 2016. (Credit: Alex/Flickr)

Austria and the EU Council presidency

Those who watched the annual New Year’s Day concert at the Wiener Musikverein saw the Austrian President, Alexander Van Der Bellen, welcome two heads...
Museum Island, Berlin. (Credit: rudi1976/Bigstock)

Elements of a road map for European security

Moscow and Berlin continue to sharply disagree on many critical international matters. After the Ukraine crisis, ‘business as usual’ has been impossible and will...

European and Russian migration policy in perspective

“There is nothing permanent except change” wrote Greek philosopher Heraclitus. The world is currently being transformed at an accelerated rate, involving more and more...
Nostalgia for American dominance. Tel Aviv, March 2018. (Credit: Joel Schalit/Flickr)

A wake-up call for Europe

European politics and Europe’s position in the world are confronted by severe challenges. In security terms, the fair-weather option of the last 25 years,...
Silvio Berlusconi has proposed introducing a flat tax as part of his electoral campaigning. (Credit: EPP/Flickr)

A flat tax is for a flat earth

This was my answer to Grzegorz Kolodko, Poland’s minister of finance and first deputy premier for the economy (1994-97 and 2002-03), when in the...
The OSCE headquarters in Vienna. (Credit: Immanuel Giel/WikiCommons)

OSCE: Priorities for 2018 and beyond

Italy, which assumed the Chairmanship of the OSCE this year, is facing a difficult environment within the greater European region, characterised by a multitude...

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