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By Marko Bucik As second inaugural speeches go, over-ambition can prove self-defeating. Witness the Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s forceful entry into his third term in 1941, later tainted by battles with the Congress tightly controlled by his own Democratic party. More recently, George W. Bush Jr. advanced the partial privatization of Social Security in his second… » read more

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A conversation between Robert Madelin and Marc Davis The boundaries of our physical and digital worlds are melting away at unprecedented speeds, leaving many of our policy-makers, heads of government and business people unprepared to integrate new concepts into decision-making processes. Technologies have evolved and continue to do so, while vast amounts of data are… » read more

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By Abigail Hunter Not even a year into membership and, already, the Russian Federation is illustrating how its accession will serve as the final nail in the coffin for the World Trade Organization (WTO) in its’ original role. Energy, agriculture, and compliance are longstanding, contentious issues between Russia and the European Union (EU) and now… » read more

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Accountability and the EU

‘Accountability’ has several meanings, depending on the situation it is used in. In his article “Analysing and Assessing Public Accountability. A Conceptual Framework”, Mark Bovens claims that accountability for the European Commission for example is not only synonym for ‘clarity’, ‘transparency’, and maybe most importantly: ‘responsibility’, but that it includes concepts like ‘involvement’ and ‘participation’… » read more

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By Evgeny Kuivashev, Governor of Sverdlovsk Region, Russia Few analysts would argue that the current economic crisis requires greater investment in regions and cities. Moreover, regional development policies can contribute to national performance, not only interms of economic growth, but also as part of a broader development agenda. Given that by 2030,every 6 out of… » read more

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Camerons Drohung

By Eric Bonse Der britische Premier Cameron will die Eurokrise nutzen, um Sonderkonditionen für sein Land herauszuschlagen. Er strebe eine “neue Vereinbarung” mit der EU an, sagte Cameron nach einem Bericht der “FT“. Offenbar will er die – ohnehin laxen – EU-Sozialgesetze lockern. Die Drohung richtet sich auch an Berlin, das auf Schmusekurs mit London… » read more

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Brussels: Forecast for 2013

Looking back at a year marked by interesting developments, we can look ahead to 2013 anticipating lots of exiting new things. The European economic crisis, which continues in 2013, and its impact will further influence the European construction. A new ‘European Union Treaty’ would increase European integration. Most likely a broad debate on the future… » read more

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