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Eastern Europe

The Significant Downside if Trump Plays Nice With Russia?

Cody Lyon | Posted 01.30.2017 | World
Cody Lyon

In December 2016, businessman and former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page presented a lecture in Moscow at the state-run news agency Rossiya S...

The Pending Russia/U.S. Reset: Birth of a New Business Model?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.20.2017 | World
Daniel Wagner

Certain guiding principles have proven instrumental in shaping our views of the world. Among them, for many Americans and Russians, is the belief that...

One way Trump is different from European nationalists

The Conversation US | Posted 01.18.2017 | World
The Conversation US

By Brian Porter-Szücs, University of Michigan When comparing Europe and America, we frequently overlook differences that hide inside similarities. ...

NATO: Seeking Relevance in the 21st Century

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.07.2017 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

NATO headquarters in Brussels Belgium Founded in 1949, the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is now 67 years old. Originally it was...

An Old World Christmas in Bratislava, Slovakia

John Mariani | Posted 12.19.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

There's no denying that Bratislava, Slovakia, is a convenient way stop between Vienna, Prague and Budapest, all far larger cities. But Bratislava sha...

Bratislava leads the way in future thinking at GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2016

Michael Jacobsen | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
Michael Jacobsen

Co-Author Zuzana Palovic - CEE and Migration Expert As the 2016 Slovak Presidency of the EU winds down, Bratislava has played host to the 4th G...

Q&A: Marisa Silver Talks About Her New Fairy-Tale-Like Novel

The National Book Review | Posted 10.23.2016 | Home
The National Book Review

The following interview first appeared in The National Book Review: In Marisa Silver's extraordinary new novel Little Nothing, an unattractive dwar...

After the UN Secretary General election: How the UN leadership can deliver for women's empowerment.

Ernesta Redi Neudert | Posted 10.19.2016 | World
Ernesta Redi Neudert

The votes were cast, but the result was the same. After 70 years and 8 men at the helm of the United Nations, this week the UN Security Council select...

The Return of Eastern Europe's Princes

Michael Jacobsen | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Michael Jacobsen

Co-Author Zuzana Palovic - CEE and Migration Expert In an age of political instability, America is undergoing a soul searching. One that is shaking i...

Gdansk as a bridge between East and West

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 09.30.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

I feel that we, the countries recently accepted to the European Union, are well positioned to help the aspiring, new democracies reach their dreams of...

NATO's Expiration Date

John Feffer | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

If the number of eager applicants on a waiting list determines the strength of a club, then the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is in fine f...

Homeless in Budapest: Limited Nonprofit Support Strives to Address Governmental and Social Indifference

Raluca Besliu | Posted 09.13.2016 | World
Raluca Besliu

Head bowed and hunched, the elderly homeless man was rubbing his hands, calloused and swollen from frostbite, to create the illusion of warmth on that...

The Next UN Secretary-General: Time for an Eastern European?

Ron Klink | Posted 09.08.2016 | World
Ron Klink

As we enter the final months of the U.S. presidential campaign, most Americans are squarely focused on the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Tru...

Poll For Next UN Secretary-General In A Muddle

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 08.05.2016 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres again topped a straw poll for the ninth U.N. Secretary-General of the United Nations. But ballots for the 11 candidates showed many negative votes, signaling a deadlock until the next poll--or the one after that.

This Is What NATO Is Up To As Donald Trump Threatens To Destroy It

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― While one of the two top contenders for the presidency of the United States has spent weeks exploring ways to throw America’s allies ...

Can The World's Top Diplomat Ever Be A Woman?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 08.04.2016 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Led by Columbia, many UN members want a woman as secretary-general of the world body. But if a recent straw poll is any guide, the choice will be another man.

IMF Caught in Moldova's Corruption Vortex, Time For The West To Wake Up

Luke Coffey | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Luke Coffey

Once again Eastern Europe is the location of a geo-political struggle that could define Europe's security for a generation. Moldova, a small country with a long history of foreign meddling, is at the epicenter of Eastern Europe. It is time for policymakers in the West start giving this tiny country more attention.

The 'Dis-Integration' Of The European Union: Is Romania Coming Into A New Era?

John Sydney Hopkins | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
John Sydney Hopkins

Romania is still often thought of as a country that is poor, corrupt, with dysfunctional public institutions and inefficient industry, a country that has yet to emerge from the shadows of its past. In reality, Romania is gradually conquering its longstanding internal issues to emerge as a financially sound country, one that is coming into a new era and in doing so is demonstrating the value of a gradual, cautious, approach to EU integration.

The German Foreign Minister Should Know Better.

András Simonyi | Posted 06.22.2016 | World
András Simonyi

I am struck by the bizarre statement by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier about his disappointment with "NATO's provocation of Russia" because of the recent military exercise in Poland.

Can Central and Eastern Europe be United? Yes, Sotheby's Knows How.

Josue Lopez Calderon | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Josue Lopez Calderon

Co-authored with Ruxanda Renita Until recently, Central and Eastern European (CEE) art was fairly underrepresented in the market as well as in the m...

Seven Reasons to Study Abroad in Eastern Europe

Becky Hayes | Posted 06.01.2016 | Travel
Becky Hayes

When I was a junior at the University of Vermont, I told my study abroad adviser only two things; I'll go anywhere in the world, but it has to be cheap. As student loans began piling up, my parents were less than enthused about the prospect of spending even more money on a trip abroad.

Europe in Flux: An Unusual Journey

Michael Haltzel | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Michael Haltzel

I have just returned from a ten-day trip with the somewhat unusual itinerary of Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Austria. The countries vary widely in virtually every way, but they share one characteristic of contemporary Europe: a struggle to adapt to rapid and wrenching change.

Panama Papers: Winners and Losers

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Tax avoidance is legal. Tax evasion is not. The U.S. tax code is full of various tax loopholes which allow taxpayers to legally avoid paying taxes. ...

Putin: Russia Will Act To Neutralize U.S. Missile Shield Threat

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 05.13.2016 | World

A ballistic missile defense shield which the United States has activated in Europe is a step to a new arms race, Russian President Vladimir Putin said...

Panama Papers Underscore Need for Fair Tax Systems

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 04.15.2017 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

The so-called "Panama Papers" scandal reminds us that concealing wealth and avoiding tax payments is neither uncommon nor -- in many cases -- illegal. But the embarrassing leak exposes something else.