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Crowdfunding a Nation

Everything can be crowdfunded nowadays. One pitches an idea to the internet and people who are interested can contribute. It provides great opportunities for a lot of individuals, businesses and projects. Crowdfunding started out as an alternative way to fund medical bills, business start-ups and charity causes. People are finding more and more ways to put this way of funding ... Read More »

Understanding the Russian-Ukrainian Energetic Relations

Cowritten with Klaudia Nemčická Energy is considered to be one of the most significant forces contributing to world’s economic progress and as consumption of Gazprom produced natural gas represents 34% of the EU’s consumption of all energy products, Russia has indisputable relative, natural and technological, advantages that could place it in a leading position. Coincidentally, however, the disposition of modern Russia’s ... Read More »

Uproar in the Internal Market

Whenever we discuss the evolvement of the European Union it does not take long until someone mentions the achievement of the four freedoms – free movement of goods, services, workers and capital. The trade within EU countries is unlimited and no discrimination must be made between the several countries of origin. I was surprised when I recently heard that French ... Read More »

The Tragedy of the 21st Century’s Europe

For refugees, asylum-seeking process in the EU is a major problem. On the one hand, the population of some member states does not welcome African or Middle Eastern immigrants. On the other hand, there are no more places for immigrants in the EU, thus the applications are being rejected. This makes us wonder how effective are the EU’s responses to ... Read More »

Britain and the EU: An Unavoidable Referendum

David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union before holding a referendum on the country’s membership by the end of 2017. This in/out referendum on Britain’s membership has for years been craved, derided, and resolutely ignored in more or less equal measure by the various elements of Britain’s political establishment. For some in Britain, a referendum on ... Read More »

It Is the Small State that Is Concerned About the Effectiveness of the International Laws the Most

When in 1569 the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was created, Lithuania ceased to exist. It was only visible on maps mostly as part of Poland and since 1795 as a part of the Russian Empire. Starting from 1918, Lithuania experienced 22 years of independence until it was occupied by the Soviets in 1940. Notwithstanding, the country managed to prevail, to maintain its language ... Read More »

The Real Crisis in Ukraine

With the conflict in Eastern Ukraine simmering on for more than a year now, global public attention has largely moved on to other theaters of conflict. From a strategic perspective though, one statistic about Ukraine still deserves thorough analysis: In 1990, the total Ukrainian population was about 52 million people, today it is less than 46 million, with UN estimates ... Read More »

The Greeks, the Pope, and the Euro’s Soul

What do the Pope’s visit to South America and the almost TV-series-worthy developments in Greece have in common? Even though the Pope claims to have no political intentions, with his passionate critique of economic injustice and environmental degradation, he would make a formidable politician. Visiting Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay, he is set to address the incredibly sore and widespread income ... Read More »

NATO – Defensive or Offensive?

NATO’s Military Buildup Near the Russian Border By Alexandra Voinescu The European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) operation is incorporated in the North Atlantic Council’s agenda. The EPAA constitutes of Ballistic Missile Defenses (BMD) located in Poland and Romania. NATO justified the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) deployment, constructed with US technology, in Romania and Poland as a defensive measure to counter Iran’s nuclear program. ... Read More »

Sanctions vs. Sanctions: Poking the Bear?

Poke a bear and he pokes you back. Putin raises his shoulders about Russia’s renewed sanctions against the West: “The government turned to me with an appeal,” he claims. Well okay, let’s not blame Putin for this one then. Wednesday’s announcement of the extension of Russia’s ban against most food imports from the US, EU, Australia, Canada and Norway came ... Read More »