The Day Bowie Brought the Wall Down

‘The Day Bowie Brought the Wall Down’-David Bowie’s political heritage- ‘Look up here, I’m in Heaven, I’ve got scars that can’t be seen, I’ve got drama that can’t be stolen,

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Achieving Solidarity amongst the EU Member States in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The European Union is currently challenged by a flow of refugees, that mostly originates from Syria. Last year, more than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe. We have

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Entering the Field of International Relations

In the business of IR it is partly what you know and mainly whom you know… The study of international relations (IR) is a theoretical one. The obligatory courses revolve

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Staying below 2°C: The implications of the Paris Agreement for the Netherlands

Are you enjoying your Christmas holidays? If you are in the Netherlands you will probably have noticed by now: no white Christmas this year. In fact, this is the warmest

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Widening or Closing the Window of Opportunity?..

EU-Ukraine Association Agreement – What It Brings to Europeans, Dutch, and Ukrainians  The referendum on the approval of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine will be held

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The Man Who Turned Fiction Into Reality?

-An article on Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission and a changing France- Paris, the night of the 6th of January 2015. Michel Houellebecq, enfant-terrible of the French literary world, is sitting in

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‘Islam, for a Better World?’ – The World of Islamic Banking

In recent years, no religion in the world had to face so much criticism and negativity as the Islam. Since the media tends to show just one part of the

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Interview with Dr. Bob Reinalda Part II

A few days ago my esteemed colleague Rosa published the first part of the interview we conducted with Dr. Bob Reinalda, a considered expert in the field of international organizations.

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Memoirs of Exile

Forced settlements in the Soviet Union took place in a series of brutal operations. A majority of the deportations were carried out in the Baltic States, primarily between 1941-1949. Over

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Seaweed Energy: Food or Fuel?

  A recent small-scale study in Norway, Scotland and Ireland revealed that seaweed could start playing a major role in our energy production. Dutch scientists got all excited and even

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