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For Romania’s EU partners, its institutional problems are puzzling, to say the least. The 1991 Constitution inaugurated a semi-presidential republic, where the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches was not clearly defined. In 2007, a conflict that erupted between the President and parliamentarians brought Romania to institutional deadlock. The problem ? Parliamentarians… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Frustration to the max

Georgi’s blog has drawn my attention to the letter written to President Obama by a group of ex-presidents and opinion leaders from Central Europe. That letter refuses to be digested. Had I been a more emotional kind of guy, I’d be in tears. As it turns out, it’s played havoc with my stomach. The letter… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

NATO’s Changed Nature

Until the end of the Cold War, NATO insured the security of a recovering Europe. The protection afforded by the NATO umbrella has allowed Western European nations to rebuild their war-torn economies, to unite and our continent to become one of the most prosperous and peaceful places on earth. Following the dismantling of its arch-enemy’s… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The Asian financial crisis from 1997-98, followed by the subprime crisis of 2007-08 and the 2010 sovereign debt crisis have all but torpedoed what most analysts like to call “the Washington Consensus“. Entire nations and political groups that had opted in the nineties for free markets, political democracy and neoliberal economics are now turning in… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi