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One of the reasons why I have decided a short while ago to abandon Europe for good and to return to my adoptive country, Australia, is the proliferation of so-called “experts” in political analysis and geopolitical affairs who are quite ready to distort the truth, manipulate public opinion and sell their meagre talents to the… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Last week Romania was the scene of a bizarre and, luckily, aborted judicial coup d’état. This at least is what the efforts of the new Romanian president to depose the country’s premier have been labelled by veteran Bucharest journalists, such as Ion Cristoiu and Cornel Nistorescu. Truth be told, the anti-corruption drive initiated by former… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, has recently proposed the creation of a common army in charge of defending the EU in case of external aggression. Unfortunately, chances for the success of such a project are rather slim. Governments of member states have jealously guarded their prerogatives of framing foreign policy and… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Elitele noastre politice si intelectuale au fost supuse unui proces riguros de selectie care dateaza din anii comunismului . Pot afirma in cunostinta de cauza ca numai acei activisti PCR,UTC, UASCR sau specialisti care primeau girul securitatii si ierarhiei PCR puteau ajunge in categoria elitelor mai sus mentionate. Competenta profesionala sau calitatile morale contau mai… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

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

Posted by Florian Pantazi

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

Posted by Florian Pantazi

How much more money can be poured into solving the debt crisis before European decisionmakers realise that current recovery strategies do not actually produce the expected results ? The global financial crisis followed by the European debt crisis are proof of an American export turned toxic, namely the Washington consensus. Its commandments, which consist of… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Smuggling as usual

A little over six months ago, Romania and Bulgaria’s applications to join the Schengen zone were delayed by the political leadership of the EU’s most powerful states like Germany and France. In the eyes of these countries’ officials and intelligence experts, Bulgaria and Romania are not yet in a position to efficiently police their own… » read more

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EU: A question of priorities

After hearing daily about the problems experienced by the EU’s common currency, austerity measures and the like, one might be forgiven for being inclined to believe that the crisis and its ugly aftermath are the most important issues confronting us all. In fact, the most disquieting development, as suggested by a recent poll published by… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi