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.