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Murder in Jerusalem

Much of the instant commentary on the brutal murder Tuesday of four Jews who were praying in a synagogue in Jerusalem by two Palestinian assailants is speculating that it represents the crossing of a Rubicon.

A Romanian Religious Revolution: The Orthodox Church and the 2014 Presidential Election

By Lucian Leustean

In 1990, Silviu Brucan, a high-ranking figure during the communist period, declared in an interview that “Romanians will need 20 years to learn democracy.” Brucan’s comments, which came just a few months after Nicolae Ceauşescu’s regime was ousted, were highly criticised at the time but later became known as a prophecy – one which has now been fulfilled, five years behind schedule.

Ukraine’s election: What next?

By Kateryna Pishchikova

Few elections in the former Soviet space have received as much attention as the early parliamentary election in Ukraine on Sunday. As the vote count continues, a number of important results can already be discerned.

Sabre rattling in the Eastern Mediterranean

By Sir Michael Leigh

While the world’s attention is focused on the conflict between fighters from the Islamic State and Kurds on the Turkish-Syrian border, a terrorist attack in Ottawa, and the Ebola outbreak, the eastern Mediterranean is going through a more low-key but worrying bout of energy-fuelled tensions.

TTIP: The View from Germany

By Thomas Straubhaar

No doubt, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has lost momentum. On both sides of the Atlantic, negotiations on the U.S.-EU trade pact started with optimism. Now, pessimists have the upper hand. They concentrate on the risks rather than the opportunities of TTIP. This is especially true with regard to Germany. The U.S.

Why Is Turkey Increasing Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean?

On September 23, the drill ship SAIPEM 10000 — built in South Korea at the cost of $250 million and flying the flag of the Bahamas — arrived in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Cyprus to begin exploring for gas under a license awarded to an Italian-South Korean consortium, ENI-KOGAS.

On Hungarian democracy, “it’s the elections, stupid”

Various influential U.S. policymakers, including a former as well as the incumbent president and officials from the State Department, have heavily criticized the current Hungarian government in the weeks before this Sunday’s local elections. However, as in any democracy, it is Hungary’s citizens that shall have the final word on the government’s performance – by casting their ballots.

Obama Program Threatens Civil Society Abroad

By Clifford Bob

The U.S. government opened a new battle front last month. It is not the war against Islamic State fighters in Syria, or the surprise attack on the Khorasan group, though.

Political Islam and the post-Cold War international order

Religion in general and political Islam in particular is widely seen as responsible, at least in part, for a breakdown in the post-Cold War international political order. Violent sectarian conflict, threatening the stability and security of states in North Africa, the Levant, and adjoining regions has obliged a reluctant United States to return to a limited combat role in the Middle East.

A Multiplex World Order - Challenge or Opportunity for Transatlantic Relations?

The role and the power of the United States and the European Union in international politics are increasingly being questioned. The responses of their governments to the civil war in Syria, to the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East, and to the crisis in Ukraine clearly show that the United States and Europe are either unable or unwilling to play the role of global policemen.