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What is significant?

“The world is seen differently depending on one’s location.” This phrase has been haunting me for some time and I’m constantly reminded of it in all my trips and discussions. Being tied into our own daily reality, we care less about what’s happening in the world and we tend to be interested only in those… » read more

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This week, the prime minister of the United Kingdom called into question the nature of European integration, forcing member countries to re-evaluate their roles in the regional bloc. Now the possible fall of Slovenia’s government could, despite the country’s small size, have significant implications for the European Union. This week the Slovenian government lost its… » read more

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During the last few weeks I struggled to find out ‘the important’ in the world news. As always, travels are making it even harder – but at the same time, the details of life perceived while traveling are making all the difference. Away from the media noise about the troubles of the eurozone, I had… » read more

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In the past few days, we’ve observed Gaza and hoped for an ending of the current conflict. I was writing last week that it is regional powers that will be the main drivers of a potential cease-fire, considering that the current foreign policy focus of the EU members and the U.S. is elsewhere. Cairo is… » read more

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As fighting in Gaza continues, reactions from the major world powers have little to do with mediation — all while Iran seems to be benefitting the most out of the current escalation. Everyone from Washington to Moscow was counting on Egyptian diplomacy to end the current bout of the conflict. China remains ‘concerned’ of the… » read more

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Worrisome news from Gaza

Worrisome news – central Israel is now under rocket fire for the first time since Saddam Hussein launched scud missiles into Tel Aviv during the first Gulf War. This follows a spike in Israeli airstrikes over the Gaza Strip in the last 12 hours. As news is breaking on what’s going on on the ground,… » read more

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While the major headlines of the last week were about the U.S. elections, China had its share of election coverage, too, in light of its leadership transition that began with the Party Congress on Nov. 8. Because Europeans — indeed, most of the world — sees China as a giant whose behavior is well calculated,… » read more

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