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O ancheta recent publicata in Der Spiegel despre prostitutia din Germania contine elemente socante pentru noi, romanii. Potrivit expertilor citati, Germania a ajuns, in urma legalizarii prostitutiei (2001) cea mai mare piata pentru prostitutie din Europa. Asa-zisa legalizare nu a condus la imbunatatirea conditiilor ” de munca” ale prostituatelor, asa cum au sustinut initial autorii… » read more

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Every few decades or so we are brutally reminded that the global economic system can experience serious dysfunctions and that the science called upon to find the necessary remedies is rarely, if ever, up to the task. The latest controversies among economists regarding austerity policies or possible solutions for dealing with sovereign debt are a… » read more

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That the EU’s democracies are in crisis, courtesy of the global financial markets and the troika, is by now clear to all. These threats to democracy, however, are external. A more dangerous challenge to parliamentary democracy in countries like France and now Turkey comes from within the system itself. In these two countries, the opposition… » read more

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When elites expire

It has been almost a century since O. Spengler heralded the decline of the West. Apart from a 30-year hiatus between 1945 and 1975, this decline has become irreversible, a development even Samuel Huntington was forced to acknowledge. One of the most telling symptoms of the west’s fall from its former pre-eminence is its citizens’… » read more

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Sindicalistii germani considera ca romanii si bulgarii care lucreaza in industria agroalimentara germana au fost redusi la conditia de sclavi industriali. Revista franceza Nouvel Observateur a publicat acum cateva luni un articol foarte critic despre dumping-ul social practicat de firme daneze si olandeze care opereaza in regiunea Bremen din Germania. Pana de curand, Germania a… » read more

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At odds with Europe

Since its reunification 22 years ago, Germany has become the leading economic power in Europe. The sovereign debt crisis has offered it the opportunity to translate economic might into political clout within the EU. Problem is, as the austerity policies currently ravaging the continent illustrate, German politicians – from both the right and the New… » read more

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Hedging one’s bets

At the periphery of the European Union, two candidates for membership are trying to hedge their geopolitical bets. Turkey, the largest of the two, is a long-standing NATO member but has also gained recently ” dialogue partner “status within SCO (Shanghai Co-operation Organization) , which includes China, Russia and four of the “five stans”. While… » read more

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Over the past few years, Europeans have been bombarded with media accounts of the so-called “ German miracle” and the role of Schroeder’s Agenda 2010 in generating it. Guillaume Duval, editor-in-chief of Alternatives Economiques (France) has recently published a book on the subject, “ MADE IN GERMANY : Le modèle Allemand au-delà des mythes “.… » read more

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China and the EU model

For almost two years now I have avoided dealing on my blog with China’s spats with Japan, its tensions with ASEAN partners or its apparent inability to reign in the excesses of its obstreperous North Korean protégé. Although China is fast becoming an economic superpower, its foreign policy has remained far less successful than its… » read more

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