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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?

By Michael Leigh

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.

Tunisia’s forthcoming elections: transition at risk and arms sales won’t rescue

By Sarah Wolff

Touring France and the United States this summer, Tunisian President Moncef Markouzi denounced the lack of support by western powers for his country’s democratization. After adopting one of the most progressive constitutions in the region and providing a true laboratory for Arab democratic transitions, Tunisia is disillusioned.

Local elections in Hungary are free and fair

By Miklós Szánthó

As many commentators derive the “illiberal nature” of Hungary’s democracy from recent amendments in electoral rules, it is helpful to take a close look at the actual content and nature of these changes.

Illiberal Democracy and Beyond in Hungary

By Gabor Halmai

In a recent speech delivered to an ethnic Hungarian audience in Romania, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán proclaimed his intention to turn Hungary into a state that:

Iraq’s disaster shows the folly of our meddling

By Michael Bell

The events of the past several days in Iraq have been traumatic. Reports are confused, and events may be over-dramatized, but the fall to extremists of parts of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and Tikrit, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein, seems certain.