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Hungary bucks austerity trend

In 1956 the Hungarians rose in revolt against the excesses of Soviet communism. During the 1980’s, the Hungarian society was already making the transition to what we now call the post-Soviet era and its communist politicians opened the country’s borders to East German refugees fleeing to the West . These days, Viktor Orban and his… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Present this week at a conference in Latin America, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was accused by Evo Morales, the Bolivian president, of using all sorts of pretexts – narcoterrorism, anti-drug campaigns, guerrilla warfare, and so on – to destabilise left-leaning regimes there in favour of American-friendly conservatives. To substantiate his accusation, Morales referred… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The end for a paper tiger

For over two decades now, we got used to being force-fed by the English-speaking media with regular upbeat stories about Ireland, EU’s own “tiger”. Thus for the first time in the young republic’s history, “the luck of the Irish” fatalism had given way to optimism and to the widely shared belief that Ireland had finally… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

A few days before President Obama’s departure for Lisbon, two prominent Democrats exhorted him in the columns of Washington Post to announce publicly that he would not run for a second term in office. Having been seen as the best hope for the Democrats’ election chances in decades, President Obama is regarded these days as… » read more

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Change is good for NATO

President Obama has arrived in Lisbon on Friday, but no-one on this side of the Atlantic seems too heartbroken that he will be forced to leave in two days’ time. On the other side of the pond, however, the Heritage boys and even some NYT columnists think he should have arranged to stay longer, for… » read more

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The OSCE December summit

This fall’s Deauville summit between Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy and Dimitri Medvedev has highlighted the need to include Russia in a pan-European security architecture, distinct from the decaying and confrontational-type North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Fortunately since 1975 European nations, regardless of EU membership, have had one of the most advanced regional co-operative security structures… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

During President Obama’s 10-day tour of Asia, he found it opportune to use the State Department’s latest sound-bite, “democracies vs. authoritarian states”. To be sure, premier Singh, an economist, knows why the size of the Chinese economy is four times that of India’s. Alas, democracy is not a contributing factor. After all, the Asian tigers… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi