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I’m not going to write about Bratislava’s informal September summit, for nothing of substance regarding the future of the Union has been decided there. Fact is, EU political leaders have delayed important decisions for the spring of 2017, after the results of the American elections are in. Why does the next American president matter ?… » read more

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What is the connection between the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels and the huge size of the tax-avoidance industry, as illustrated by the recent publication of the “Panama Papers” ? On a superficial level, none. In actual fact, the exponential proliferation of illegal activities – the drug and arms trade, the rapid multiplication of… » read more

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Turkey has today announced its budget for 2015. Total spending is estimated at 225 billion dollars, whereas revenue is expected to be around 216 billion USD, leaving a deficit of only 9 billion USD. The biggest items on its expenditure list are health and education, with 38 billion dollars earmarked for each, which is a… » read more

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The political gridlock in Washington DC gave Francis Fukuyama the opportunity to attack as unworkable one of the pillars the American democracy, namely the priciple of separation of powers . According to one of his recent articles ( republished by Courrier International) Obamacare has no real chance of success because the American political system is… » 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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Now that Cyprus has ceased to be an offshore financial centre, Martin Schulz and his colleagues have the opportunity to go a step further and tackle the issue of unpaid corporate taxes within the European Union over the past ten years. According to The Economist, the amount of money spirited away by corporations avoiding taxes… » read more

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The voter enthusiasm which had swept Barack Obama to office in 2008 has cooled into apathy in 2012. Over the past four years, the economic situation of the African-American and Latino communities, as well as that of young college graduates, has deteriorated markedly. In a recent op-ed, Reuters columnist Joel Kotkin notes that as a… » read more

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