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Greek Parliament Passes Debt Agreement, but European Democracy is on its Knees

July 30, 2015 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Europe, FINANCE & BANKING, GLOBAL ECONOMY, Governance & Regulation, World PoliticsComments (0)

By Jonathan Hopkin   Almost as soon as the Greek deal was agreed, it began to come apart at the seams. Passage of the necessary legislation through the Greek parliament led to Syriza splitting in two as Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, drew on the votes of the right to force through a deal …

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After the Greek Referendum: Into Uncharted Waters

July 30, 2015 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Europe, GLOBAL ECONOMY, World PoliticsComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock The triumph of the “no” vote in the Greek referendum was not a mandate for Grexit, but a new starting-point to talks. But is there room for a compromise any longer?   On Sunday (5 July), some 62% of Greeks voted against and only 39%


A Win-Win Route Out of the Greek Debt Crisis

June 4, 2015 • BUSINESS & INNOVATION, Europe, FINANCE & BANKING, GLOBAL ECONOMY, In-depthComments (0)

By Lester M. Salamon The Greek debt crisis has persisted for years now with no easy or clear way in which to resolve it. However, Professor Salamon from Johns Hopkins University argues that a win-win solution is possible by using the tool of debt swaps, which


The Obstacles To Women’s Entrepreneurship In Europe And How To Deal With Them

June 4, 2015 • BUSINESS & INNOVATION, Europe, GLOBAL ECONOMY, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Viviane De Beaufort An increasing number of women are interested in creating their own business – yet even in the 21st century, there are still obstacles that face them. Viviane de Beaufort distinguishes between the different types of women wishing to


Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West

March 26, 2015 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Europe, GLOBAL ECONOMY, Global Giants, International Relations, World PoliticsComments (0)

By Andrew Wilson Andrew Wilson discusses his latest book: Ukraine Crisis: What it means for the West. He contends that the book is actually about three inter-related crises, the Russian crisis, the EU crisis and the Ukraine crisis and how crisis in each of


China and Europe: Reconnecting Across a New Silk Road

March 26, 2015 • China, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, Europe, GLOBAL ECONOMY, Global GiantsComments (0)

by Xiangming Chen and Julia Mardeusz Since 2013, economic and trade relations between China and Europe have grown significantly. In this article, the authors look beyond conventional economic indicators, like trade, and political issues, like human rights,


Putin’s Russia: An Exemplary Case of Hyper-Extractive State

January 25, 2015 • Asia - Pacific, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Europe, World PoliticsComments (0)

By Alexander Etkind Due to Russia’s geographic scale and military might, it amplifies typical problems of many petrostates from Venezuela to Nigeria to Iran. In an attempt to theorise these multiple problems Alexander Etkind introduces the concept of a


Putting Executive Pay in Context

November 26, 2014 • Americas, BUSINESS & INNOVATION, Capitalism in the 21st Century, Europe, FINANCE & BANKING, Global Capital Markets, GLOBAL ECONOMYComments (0)

By David De Cremer Before the financial crisis executive pay in the finance sector had skyrocketed; bonuses were no longer given to reward hard and successful work, but rather automatically – no matter what the employee performance was. Below David De


The Wind of Change Must Blow Waste Further up the Agenda

November 26, 2014 • BUSINESS & INNOVATION, Climate Change & Society, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, EMERGING TRENDS, Europe, SPECIAL FEATURES, Special Report: The Future is GreenComments (0)

By Jonas Törnblom Climate change, a shrinking planet and the increasing threat of weather-related disasters are problems that are not going away, but we still have time to manage their effects and reduce the likelihood of environmental and public health