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Students Engage with Diplomacy

On 30th April 2015, Clio welcomed a number of diplomatic guests, professors and 150 university students to Het Kasteel for the annual Clio Conference, this year entitled Diplomacy Unravelled: Power and Prudence in a New Era. Many students of International Relations have a strong interest in diplomacy but few know its inner workings, and although frequently alluded to on the ... Read More »

On Banks, Occupation, and Building a Better Tomorrow…

Before the 1970s, banks were just that – banks. They did what banks were supposed to do in a capitalist state economy. What that is? They took unused funds from your bank account, and transferred them to some potentially useful purpose like helping someone to buy a home or send a kid to college, whatever the funds might be needed for. ... Read More »

Interview with Jean-Pierre Kempeneers

Picture by Nacho Facello

On the 30th of April Clio will host its annual conference under the theme “Diplomacy unravelled?”. At this conference, Jean-Pierre Kempeneers will lead a workshop on the importance of economic diplomacy. Mr Kempeneers has been serving in the Dutch diplomatic service for almost two decades. In 2014 he changed into the private sector and started working as Head of the ... Read More »

A Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

On the 23rd of March this year, Asia lost one of its most peculiar leaders: Lee Kuan Yew, the very first prime minister of Singapore. This man, who was known for his seemingly totalitarian regime was nevertheless a dearly beloved and admired leader among his citizens. Through Western eyes it seems a strange paradox to have a population bound by ... Read More »

Why Tröglitz matters

On the eve of Easter Sunday a house went up in flames in the small village of Tröglitz in East Germany; the result of an arson attack. The building was supposed to accommodate 40 refugees from May onwards. This particular incident is illustrative for a change in German politics. Its implications might ultimately be felt in all of Europe. The ... Read More »

Cameron Dubbed Winner of First General Election Debate – but Did He Really Win?

“Hell yes, I’m tough enough. I stood up against the Leader of the Free World!”, Labour leader Ed Milliband responded firmly against the allegations that he might not be tough enough to run the UK, referring to his outright disapproval of British involvement in the bombing of Syria. Struggling to properly answer the hosts questions about his economic policy plans ... Read More »

Escalation of Violence: ECB Opening in Frankfurt

More than 10.000 people filled the streets of Frankfurt for a peaceful protest on Wednesday, in regard to the event of the European Central Bank unveiling its new headquarters in the financial hub. As prior to the opening announced Blockupy, the organizer of the demonstration, an alliance of anti-capitalist social movement groups proclaimed mass actions to disturb the opening. Those ... Read More »

Xi’s Fight Against Corruption: A Hoax?

Corruption in China has been a longstanding truth that remains today. In 2013 the PRC was ranked 80th out of 178 countries in the Transparency International’s Corruption Preceptions Index. Since the 1980s widespread surveys have been carried out to the public and have shown that corruption represents one of the top concerns of the general public. However, as China has ... Read More »

Farewell Pepe! The Legacy of the World’s poorest President

Guerrilla fighter, MP, Senator, Minister and eventually President of Uruguay – José “Pepe” Mujica’s life has been more than eventful. The floriculturist that nowadays occasionally appears shaved and in a shirt but still without tie, has during his presidency given way to progressive and courageous, though contested, reforms that have catapulted Uruguay towards one of the most liberal countries in ... Read More »

“The road to power is paved with hypocrisy, and casualties.”   – Frank Underwood

Finally, today is the day of the release of the third season of the so far very successful political thriller and drama series House of Cards. In the third season we can look forward to follow ruthless and coldly calculating Francis Underwood on his further paths of intrigue, blackmail, bargaining and sole pragmatism. Always with a sole aim: the increase of power. ... Read More »