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The past week provided two very different expressions of citizens’ frustrations in Greece and Ireland, the two members of the European Union at the forefront of the year-long sovereign debt crisis in the eurozone. While Irish voters in Dublin, Cork and Limerick went to the polls, Greek citizens in Athens, Thessaloniki and Patra vented their […]

Posted by Bastian Jens

As the Egyptian military council asserts control and begins to sketch plans for transition to civilian democracy, what comparisons can we make with similar transitions from authoritarian regimes in Spain, Portugal, Indonesia, Chile, Brazil, Turkey and Greece? Regardless of the roots and specifics of an overthrown authoritarian regime, some characteristics are similar: severe repression or suspension of civil liberties; restriction or […]

Posted by Couloumbis Theodore

By Jens Bastian* Last Friday, the troika (the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank) presented its overall assessment of Greece during its third quarter evaluation. The main conclusion was that the Growth and Stability Program continues to make progress toward its various fiscal, revenue generating and structural reform objectives. However, […]

Posted by Bastian Jens

As we are captivated and confused by what we see and hear unfolding in Egypt, the focus has been – for good reason – on the nature of this “revolution,” or as others are calling it, a “democratic tsunami.” Whatever the outcome of this volatile and highly fluid situation, one area that has so far […]

Posted by Bastian Jens

“Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.” – President Barack Obama, Cairo University, 2009. “Things are seldom what they seem.” – Buttercup, HMS Pinafore, 1878. Both comments apply to the current situation in Egypt. The anti-Mubarak protesters are clearly motivated by democratic ideals, rejecting the decades of authoritarianism that has made a mockery of self-government and stagnated […]

Posted by Couloumbis Theodore

A CHANGE is gonna come, as the song goes, in the Nile valley. That’s for sure. Yet its direction, its magnitude, its depth and the durability of whatever will come out of this emphatic performance of Egyptian civil society – ie the political framework – are the issues at stake. Will Egypt follow the steps […]

Posted by blogs@ELIAMEP

Two years after assuming office in January 2009, the central components of President Obama’s strategy include a world order characterized by peaceful accommodation between established and rising powers; the collective management of transnational problems; and the overhaul of international institutions to reflect these shifting power dynamics and the new global agenda. While things remain rather […]

Posted by Konstantinos Yfantis