Europe

Why Anti-Corruption Will Fail in the Czech Republic

April 18, 2014 by Steven Gawthorpe
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The new Czech Republic Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, has recently vowed to impose strict anti-corruption measures and pave the way for his country to adopt the euro by 2020. However, most of his anti-corruption rhetoric focuses on issues relating to fiscal compliance, such as promoting transparency in property ownership and reducing tax evasion. While these […]

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The Long Shadow of Tejero

March 19, 2014 by Joel Hernàndez
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Mired in economic recession and facing significant regional challenges, Spain’s young democracy has seen better days. The revelation of an anniversary celebration of the attempted coup of February 23, 1981, opens troubling questions as to the legacy of Spain’s transition from autocracy to democracy.

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For Russia Impasse, Go For The Gas

March 11, 2014 by Luke Tarbi
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The United States should take discernible, concrete steps to weaken Russia’s power and influence in Ukraine, including explicit support for Europe in reducing their reliance on Russian gas imports.

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Vladimir Putin’s New Court System

February 6, 2014 by William Partlett
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In the lead up to the Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin is pushing through a constitutional reform that threatens to undermine one of the last remaining pockets of judicial independence and innovation in Russia.

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An Originalist Argument Against France’s Burqa Ban

February 5, 2014 by Jake Nelson
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Appeals made on religious liberty or critical feminism have not been effective in changing the government’s position on the 2010 French burqa ban. Textual originalism could provide a new path forward in dismantling the law.

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New START at Three … and What Next?

February 4, 2014 by Steven Pifer
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As the New START Treaty reaches its third anniversary, what are the prospects for future nuclear arms reductions between the United States and Russia?

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