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Matt Browne

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Dirty Tricks Threaten to Undermine Political Renewal in Romania

(208) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 11:34 AM

When Victor Ponta became prime minister of Romania last month, many hoped this would mark a turning point in the country's political culture. As head of the Social Liberal Union, Ponta set out a compelling vision for renewal of Romania's economy, society and democracy. Surprisingly, given his progressive...

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Austerity Isn't Working

(11) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 2:57 PM

Tomorrow evening, the European Union's heads of state or government will come together for an informal working dinner at the invitation of Council President Herman Von Rompuy. The meeting has been called to prepare the next formal European Council meeting scheduled for June 28 and 29. Growth and jobs will...

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Pro-Logo: Can Global Brands Become a Force for Good?

(3) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 11:47 AM

At the close of the 20th century, claims that Nike used child labor to produce clothing and sporting-equipment, or that Coca-Cola bottlers were implicated in the deaths of labor union leaders in Colombia raised doubts about the practices of multinationals operating in the developing world. The...

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After the Third Way: Progressive Alternatives to European Austerity

(6) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 4:06 PM

Over a decade ago, 13 of the then 15 member countries of the European Union were led by progressive governments. Today, austerity politics dominates, and Socialist, Social Democratic and Labour parties are in opposition in all but 3 of the Union's now 27 member states. As a consequence, a fervent...

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Political Storms Cloud Eurozone's Future

(12) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 2:38 PM

The politics of the Eurozone are evolving. As progressive and conservative visions for the continent's economic future emerge, unprecedented levels of cross-border political co-operation are now also taking place. In the short-term, this could fracture the Franco-German axis. Taking a longer perspective, however, we might be witnessing the birth of...

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A Resurgent Middle Class Versus Government of the CEO

(13) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 3:49 PM

As the State of the Union approaches, Americans are being confronted by two competing visions of their economic future. A progressive vision, where a resurgent middle class will drive economic growth; and a conservative vision, in which greater corporate freedom will hopefully create wealth that might one day trickle down....

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Romney's Own Greek Tragedy: Austerity Isn't Working!

(9) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 10:40 AM

While Mitt Romney may be trying to frighten American's into believing President Obama will turn the United States into a European socialist dystopia, it's his own economic vision they should be most afraid of.

In recent weeks, Mitt Romney has been malevolently arguing that a second term for President...

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No Votes in China?

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 10:55 AM

At a recent lunch with the New Zealand ambassador to United States, Mike Moore, China was the focus of discussion. The ambassador, who oversaw the country's entrance into the World Trade Organization as its director general, claimed the experiment had been a success. China's accession had helped lift 500 million...

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Can America Emulate Germany's Economic Success?

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 2:22 PM

Watching Fox News recently, commentators were in a flux about whether the latest nominees to the United States National Labor Relations Board were pro-union and anti-business. The framing of the debate was symptomatic of what passes for insightful commentary in much of the US media today: an increasingly aggressive presentation...

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"Aux Armes, Citoyens!"

(22) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 4:30 PM

Last night, Le Parti Socialiste (French Socialist Party) inaugurated its first-ever presidential primary. To be run over two rounds, the conclusion will take place next Sunday, when both party members and citizens -- prepared to sign a declaration supporting values of the left -- will choose between the centrist François...

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