Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Baltic Dread

Baltic Dread

Feb 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Imbi Paju TALLINN – News media nowadays are rife with speculation about whether – if not when – US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will divide the world between them. We in Estonia and the other Baltic states now fear being consigned to Russia’s sphere of influence once more. Indeed, for many...

Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

Feb 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Wolfgang Kerler Wolfgang Kerler, a reporter for German public broadcaster ARD, is a specialist on globalization, digitalization, migration and investigative reporting. MUNICH, Feb 23 2017 (IPS) – Internationally, German chancellor Angela Merkel was praised for her humanitarian decision to open...

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Roberto Savio* ROME (IDN) – Let us stop debating what newly-elected US President Trump is doing or might do and look at him in terms of historical importance. Put simply, Trump marks the end of an American cycle! Like it or not, for the last two centuries the entire planet has...

How Backwater Europe Transformed To World Power

How Backwater Europe Transformed To World Power

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Eleven hundred years ago Europe was a backwater. There were no grand cities, apart from Cordoba in Spain which was Muslim. The Middle East was much further ahead, still absorbing the intellectual delights and challenges of Greek science,...

Europe’s far-right parties got a boost from Trump, but will they govern?

Europe’s far-right parties got a boost from Trump, but will they govern?

Feb 20, 2017

Richard Maher, European University Institute Since taking office, US President Donald Trump has provoked, exasperated, and unsettled world leaders from Mexico to Australia and the European Union headquarters in Brussels. But there is one constituency that continues to enthusiastically support the president: Europe’s far right, who believe they have found common...

How Europe Should Deal With Trump

How Europe Should Deal With Trump

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Wolfgang Ischinger MUNICH – Donald Trump’s presidency poses a stress test for Europe, for transatlantic relations, and for the world as a whole. Indeed, in many ways, Trump’s “America first” policy is defined by its opposition to the internationalist US foreign policy of the past eight decades. For starters, Trump says that...

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

Feb 10, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy SVITLANA ZALISHCHUK and BENJAMIN RAMM 9 February 2017 The rising star of Ukrainian politics tells openDemocracy that deep-rooted corruption is the greatest threat to the nation’s democracy Svitlana Zalishchuk embodies an ideal of the European Union: an effortlessly multilingual, passionate advocate for liberal and...

Gotland: Sweden’s Crown Jewel in the Baltic

Gotland: Sweden’s Crown Jewel in the Baltic

Feb 1, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Jörgen Elfving The strategically placed Gotland is the largest island in the Baltic Sea, with an area of 3,183.7 square kilometers—that is, slightly smaller than California’s Sacramento county. The island is situated 330 km from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad Oblast and 110 km from the Swedish mainland,...

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction

Feb 1, 2017

Dominika Polanska, Uppsala University The housing shortage in Sweden is now so bad that some are currently contemplating using shipping containers for apartments. Nine out of ten Swedes live in a municipality facing houses shortages. According to a recent study, in the capital city of Stockholm, more than half a million people were on a waiting list for a flat...

Shaky Start to Silicon Smelters in Iceland

Shaky Start to Silicon Smelters in Iceland

Jan 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Lowana Veal REYKJAVIK (IDN) – Silicon metal smelters have taken over from aluminium plants as the desirable heavy industry for Iceland. At Helguvik in the southwest of the island, close to Reykjavik’s international airport, United Silicon has just started operating a silicon smelter, while...

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