The debate on Catalan independence has been politicised to the extreme. In today’s article, we break open the topic, asking a simple question – which has multiple answers: Is it worth achieving independence right now in order to stop the fiscal looting, in exchange for the heavy costs this event will bring?
As Bulgaria recovers from the terrible terrorist attack on July 18th, and as the investigators try to figure out the identity and motives of the perpetrators, the question of what happens next is looming on the horizon. What is the proper reaction, exactly? While the investigation goes on, the most important issue becomes how both government and society will react to a new type of challenge.
The field is narrowing in the US presidential election, which will take place in November: American president Barack Obama his Republican rival Mitt Romney have laid out their competing visions in the race. This article takes a closer look at both candidates.
Syria has become a magnet for foreign fighters coming from Iraq, the rebel forces of the Libyan city of Misrata, from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Lebanon. International media and many experts have attributed this massive affluence of foreign fighters to al-Qaida’s call on Muslims to join the Syrian revolution and fight against al-Assad’s regime. However, not all foreign fighters seem to be al-Qaida driven: another transnational Islamic democracy-based ideology is “recruiting” its combatants to help in the Syrian struggle.
In one of the richest countries of the world, oil-producing Kuwait, more than 100000 people live without a nationality, without rights, without healthcare. They are the Bidoon, the stateless. Who are they, and why don’t they have a passport, despite living in Kuwait all their lives?
Genetically modified organisms (GMO) represent one of the most controversial debates in EU agricultural policy. The European Commission tries to play a facilitator role between the biotech sector, the biofood producers, and the dissenting EU Member States.
The process of choosing the perfect adversary to Obama for the presidential elections in November 2012 is not a straightforward matter. Mitt Romney appears to be the most reasonable and electable within the Republican primary field. But, why?
Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks the security instability in the greater Middle East persists. Which are the main challenges ahead that the international actors will have to deal with?
Immediately after the attack in Oslo everyone began speculating of Islamic terrorism and started analyzing Norwegian foreign policy to find possible reasons for another al Qaeda-related attack. It turned out, however, that this brutal crime was the work of a Muslim-hating native Norwegian. Perhaps the time has come to reflect on the western understanding of terrorism, so closely related to Islam in the last decade.
The death of Osama bin Laden has been – particularly on a symbolic level – marked as an important milestone in the US fight against terrorism. Nevertheless, its positive effects on the ground in Afghanistan will most likely be rather mince in the crucial time when the Afghan National Security Forces are preparing to take over security in various cities, districts and provinces.