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The British Press: Sensationally Eurosceptic

Euroscepticism in the United Kingdom is hardly a new concept. Ever since the UK joined the European Communities in 1973, British people have been particularly sceptical about the way cooperation with continental Europe impacts their country’s internal affairs. The UK has traditionally been characterised by a remarkable capacity to be …

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Freedom of the Press in Burma: En route to democracy?

Photo: Wikimedia commons.After decades of an authoritarian regime dominated by military rule, Burma has seemingly begun to reopen its doors and welcome democracy. Most notably these changes have been marked by constitutional reforms, the release of political prisoners, and visits from prominent political officials for the first time in decades, …

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Ciao Berlu! How does Berlusconi do it?

Berlusconi: immortal political survivor? Or boorish, manipulative clown? Photo: DonkeyHotey on flickr.The abuse of office, the soliciting of underage girls for sex, political blunders, alleged mafia connections, yet charismatic, energetic, brilliant and rich? During the course of his flamboyant political career, the phenomenon Silvio Berlusconi has been applauded and booed …

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Forecasting in Politics – why statistics is more useful than gut feeling

The crystal ball of Nate Silver? Photo: Wikia.comHardly anyone can have missed the now famous statistician and New York Times blogger Nate Silver. By accurately predicting the outcome in 49 states in the 2008 American presidential election and in all 50 states in 2012, he is now considered a forecasting …

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E-Government – Towards a Digital Single Market

Government by ICT – e-government is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Photo: alexis.mons on flickrThe whole world is undergoing a recession which is making us rethink our social, economic and political strategies in order to adapt to the new situation. The crisis made us realize how interconnected our world …

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A Tsunami of Justice for Pakistanis?

Imran Khan. Photo: World Economic Forum. flickrOn the world stage Pakistan is set as a land of contradiction, described as being “on the brink,” a nation where notions of the western and eastern worlds intersect and rule over one another, political elite over a socially conservative and religious populace. In …

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La Berlusconiada

Silvio Berlusconi. Photo: Roberto Gimmi. flickrIn the longest interview since the collapse of his government, Silvio Berlusconi admitted defeat, but indirectly. “It is my fault because I was unable to persuade 51 percent of Italians to give me their vote. It is the fault of Italians for dividing their vote, …

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The European Student – Just Another Brick in the Wall?

Student protests at the University of Vienna. Photo: Manfred Werner. wikimedia commonsWhen the British newspaper the Guardian let their readers vote for the person of the year 2011, the winner was not Angela Merkel or Aung San Suu Kyi, who were also nominated. Instead, the nominee who received the most votes was a 23 …

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Cecilia Uddén

Cecilia Uddén. Photo: Arild Vågen. wikicommonsInterview with Cecilia Uddén, correspondent working in Cairo for Sveriges Radio (Swedish Broadcasting) What changes can one see for the Egyptian people since the start of the revolution?   Frankly, there have barely been any positive changes at all. On the contrary, most of the …

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The Era of Putinism

Vladimir Putin. Photo: premier.gov.ru. Wikimedia commonsVladimir Putin has become a national symbol of Russia. Just like Josef Stalin and Vladimir Lenin before him, Putin’s persona will forever be engraved in the history of the Russian Federation. After serving two consecutive terms as President and one as Prime Minister, he is …

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