Global Perspectives - Antonia Colibasanu

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During the last few days, I’ve heard many people talking with surprise about the protests in Turkey. I have also been repeatedly told that all analysis and policy briefs indicated that Turkey is the perfect model for any country that chooses the middle road between a Muslim state and a democratic one. I disagree and… » read more

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The economic crisis has been the main topic of discussion for a few years in the European Union. Apart from sovereign debt and the financial aspect, there are three other fundamental dimensions to the crisis that Europeans must resolve: The political and social dimensions, and the question of competitiveness. The Competitiveness Dimension Europe’s struggle to… » read more

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On May 16, George Friedman visited Romania, where he spoke about the country’s geopolitical imperatives at a time of distress for the European Union and NATO. For many reasons, Friedman’s visit was the highlight of my week. Probably the most important message that should earned the attention of the public and leadership is that national… » read more

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Conferences as a general rule are meant as networking events – rarely do you attend one that provides new insights into reality. Over the last three weeks I have traveled and attended conferences in Slovakia, Switzerland and Romania. Considering that the three events I attended focused much on international security and defense policy, I was… » read more

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Discussion in Europe continues to revolve around finding a way to move past the Continent’s socio-economic crisis, focusing much attention on the banking sector while spotlighting a range of interesting aspects — from a potential bailout for Slovenia to an anti-euro party being set up in Germany. Meanwhile, there are also regions outside of Europe… » read more

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The transformation currently taking place within the European Union not only casts doubt on the future of the bloc, but it also brings to the forefront elements that redefine the notion of country risk. The conditions Brussels has attached to its assistance to Cyprus have opened a discussion on how much control a country’s government… » read more

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Over the weekend, we saw protests against austerity across Spain. This comes after a report last week that the number of unemployed people in Spain surpassed 5 million. Also during the last week, large protests occurred in Portugal, another European country strongly hit by the economic crisis. However, Portugal has been the favorite of the… » read more

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by Adriano Bosoni and Antonia Colibasanu This week Beppe Grillo, the leader of the Five Star Movement, became an international media phenomenon. The movement led by this comedian-turned-politician won more than 8 million votes in the Italian elections of 24 and 25 February, becoming the third largest political force in Italy and the single most… » read more

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I have always found it strange when others say Europeans are pessimistic about their own fate and that, from outside, Europe is seen in a much better position, especially when discussing the current economic crisis. This is due to my personal experience so far. I have to admit that when I talk about the problems… » read more

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Thoughts on NATO’s future

While most conferences on NATO organized by organizations close to the alliance follow a somewhat predictable format, I had the privilege to participate in one that was interesting not only for the ideas participants brought forward, but also for the interaction between the speakers and participants, NATO and the Future of Cooperative Security (part of… » read more

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