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Last weekend the European branch of the Trilateral Commission convened in Bucharest, ostensibly to discuss the West’s relationship with Russia and China and how to tackle the problems confronting the global economy. Founded in 1973 following the initiative of David Rockefeller, the Trilateral Commission reunites the representatives of Big Oil, Big Tobacco and Big Finance… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The sovereign debt crisis, which started in Greece, has engulfed Spain, Ireland, Portugal and even Poland and Romania, EU members that are not yet part of the eurozone. The recent Toronto meeting of Western heads of state has sadly contributed to aggravating matters, as it mandated participating political leaders to cut their countries’ budget deficits… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

In older-type, agricultural societies, autumn is the season when people reap the rewards of their hard work in tilling the land. In our postmodern, neoliberal societies, autumn is becoming synonymous with huge union protests, as economic growth stalls and austerity measures are starting to bite. A case in point is Romania, where two of the… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Postcard from Northern Greece

I have ended my working summer season back where I had started from, in Macedonia (northern Greece), with a three-week stint at the 5-star Mediterranean Village, 2 km away from Paralia Katerini. Inaugurated two years ago, the resort is located right on the beach and could accommodate around 200 tourists in bungalow-type suites, some sporting… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Neoliberalism’s Ugly Legacy

30 years have passed since the launching of the Thatcherite revolution in Britain. From its very inception I was in a position to witness firsthand, in Australia, how the neoliberal agenda was sold to an unsuspecting Western public. It is high time today, when neoliberalism’s basic theoretical tenets have led the world onto a blind… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

One of the most annoying consequences of the 2007-08 financial crisis, and now of the European debt crisis, is the re-emergence of religious fascism. We’ve seen it all before, in the 1930’s. In Spain, Franco’s fascist regime was strongly backed by the Catholic Church until the end of the ‘seventies. In Romania, Orthodox fascists calling… » read more

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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

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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