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Victor Ponta is no Victor

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by Ana Fumurescu Yesterday, amid palpable anticipation, Romania elected its new president. With an electoral enthusiasm not seen since the early 90s, Romanians both at home and abroad decided to side with hope rather than with certain corruption. The race came down to Klaus Iohannis, the ethnically German mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, […]

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: are transitioning countries better off?

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By Dimitrije Tasic November 9th, 2014 marked twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that symbolized the end of communism in Europe. Post-communist societies have hoped for better living standards and democracy. After a quarter of a century, it would be interesting to evaluate how (un)successful they were in this endeavor. […]

Tax Evasion Scandal in the Heart of Europe

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By Dimitrije Tasic Stepping into his office in the first week of November as the new president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker announced that one of the main goals of his presidency is to start a fight against tax machinations and bring some morality and ethics into this issue. However, little did he know […]

Inspector Gadgets: New Technological Challenges for British Spies

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By Ana Fumurescu The motif of the suave spy in an impeccable tuxedo has long been associated primarily with British intelligence, but it now looks as though the Bonds of this world will have to spend a bit less time cultivating their irresistibly secretive demeanors and a bit more time navigating today’s landscape of highly […]

Swedish Submarine Search Signals Sub Par Stockholm Capabilities

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By James Krotz For over a week, the Royal Swedish Navy and Air Force have been frantically looking for a suspected Russian submarine in Ingaro Bay, the main port approach to the wharves of Stockholm.  On Thursday, the search was finally called off, ending the largest Swedish naval operation since the end of the Cold […]

French economist Jean Marcel Tirole awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics

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By Dimitrije Tasic Several days ago, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences selected Jean Marcel Tirole to be the 75th recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics. This French economist (the third Frenchman ever to receive this award and 23rd non-American) comes from the Toulouse School of Economics and is recognized for his analysis of […]

Lotus Festival brings the world to Bloomington

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By Andrew Miller Recently the streets of downtown Bloomington underwent a transformation. The bustle of traffic and the sound of honking horns was replaced with the hum of excited crowds and the beats of music from around the world. The 21st Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, which brings artists from across the globe to […]

Serbia – fourteen years after the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic

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By Dimitrije Tasic October 5, 2014 marked fourteen years since the Democratic Opposition of Serbia coalition staged a mass protest in Belgrade forcing Slobodan Milosevic, president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) at the time, to resign. Butcher of the Balkans, a sobriquet coined for Milosevic in the Western media, reigned over Serbia for […]

Puppet-master Putin: Part II

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by Ana Fumurescu First Ukraine, now Romania. While Putin has not been focusing his attention as closely on the “island of Latinity” in the Slavic sea as he has on the now war-torn Ukraine, he nevertheless seems to have his fingers tied around a few Romanian strings. Russia Today, the Kremlin’s television propaganda network, just […]

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