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  1. A New Structure for Political Europe

    American thoughts on uniting EU member states

    29/07/2013 | Steven Hill

    Category: Europe, Institutions of the EU

    It is time for Europe to move beyond hypotheticals and start discussing concrete measures promoting further steps in European integration. Author Steven Hill proposes a reorganization.

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  2. Das große Versprechen

    Buchkritik

    01/05/2010 | Jan Techau

    Category: North America, European Union

    Europa, ein politischer Zwerg mit schwächlicher Wirtschaft und freizeitsüchtigen Halbtagswerktätigen? Ganz falsch, sagt der Politologe Steven Hill. Und präsentiert seinen staunenden Lesern den alten Kontinent im Widerspruch zur herrschenden US-Lehre als veritables Übervorbild für Amerika und den Rest der Welt.

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  3. Form Should Follow Function

    A Response to Steven Hill's two-track Europe

    08/08/2013 | Josef Janning

    Category: Geographical areas of Europe, Institutions of the EU

    Any debate about the European Union’s political structure must begin from an examination of European responsibilities beyond the purview of individual member states. While rewriting treaties would require consensus and ratification of all 28 members, history has shown that differentiated integration brings about necessary changes gradually. One thing is clear: Strengthening the eurozone must not come at the expense of weakening the Union.

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  4. Olympics Hangover

    What a hypothetical EU medal count tells us about Europe's current identity

    14/08/2012 | Steven Hill

    Category: European Union

    Throughout the London Olympics, surprisingly few analysts asked the question of how the EU would perform at the games under a single team banner. This, despite discussion among Europeans over social media about the combined EU medal count being higher than any other competitor's, including the US and China's. These developments give an important snapshot as to where the European project currently stands.

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  5. Die Romney-Ryan-Offensive

    Obama kann mit einem harten Wahlkampf rechnen

    15/08/2012 | Steven Hill

    Category: United States of America, Political System

    Das andauernde Reality-TV des US-Präsidentschaftswahlkampfs geht in die nächste Runde. In der vorerst aktuellsten Folge enthüllte Mitt Romney, dass Paul Ryan mit ihm ins Rennen ums Weiße Haus geht. Amerikanische Experten sind sich noch uneinig, ob das eine gute Wahl war. Wichtiger aber ist, was sie über Romneys Wahlkampfstrategie aussagt: Verbrannte Erde. Überall.

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  6. Europeans on the Move—to Germany

    What Europe should take from its latest migration trends

    21/08/2012 | Steven Hill

    Category: Germany, Migration

    Recent statistics are showing that workers from crisis-stricken countries on Europe's periphery are making their way in greater numbers to more stable Germany. But the increasing labor migration doesn't necessarily need to be cause for alarm.

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  7. Romneys letzte Chance

    Der Herausforderer ist angezählt, doch er könnte Obama immer noch ausknocken

    01/10/2012 | Steven Hill

    Category: United States of America, Political System

    Angesichts des Pannenwahlkampfs seines Herausforderers Mitt Romney halten manche Kommentatoren das Rennen um die US-Präsidentschaft schon für gelaufen; Barack Obama dürfe sich auf vier weitere Jahre im Weißen Haus einstellen. Falsch! Solange die Wirtschaftslage schlecht bleibt, hat Romney eine Chance.

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  8. Ein enges Rennen

    Romney ist wieder da, aber Obama kann mit positiven Arbeitsmarktzahlen punkten

    16/10/2012 | Steven Hill

    Category: United States of America, Political System

    Im US-Wahlkampf steigt die Spannung. Nach dem unerwartet guten Auftritt des republikanischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten Mitt Romney im ersten TV-Duell hat sich der Abstand zwischen ihm und Amtsinhaber Barack Obama verkürzt. Romney ist wieder im Rennen.

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  9. Aiming High: Architecture of the EU

    Balancing government by rules and government by politics

    22/08/2013 | Almut Möller

    Category: Institutions of the EU

    As long as it remains unclear whether extra treaties such as the Fiscal Compact are weakening or strengthening the EU, attentions should be focused on better understanding the processes and movement of power within the existing patchwork system, rather than on a debate over more visionary structural reform.

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  10. Germany's Next Steps

    Can you say "transfer union"?

    03/04/2012 | Steven Hill

    Category: Europe, European Union

    Europe and Greece are out of the immediate headlines for the first time in months, the financial markets apparently soothed. While the calm is likely only temporary, it's a good time to take stock of where Europe is heading.

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  • An Offer Yerevan Could Not Refuse

    Armenia has opted to integrate with Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union. Or has it?

    Two months before the Euromaidan protests began in Ukraine, Armenia rejected an association agreement with the European Union in favor of cooperation with Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Yet the country’s future in the EEU seems uncertain – and the door to Brussels might not be completely shut.

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    Germany’s army admits to massive equipment failure

    Four years ago, Germany’s defense ministry decided to save money by cutting down on the purchase of spare parts. Now, more than half of the Bundeswehr’s aircraft have had to be grounded. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has admitted publicly that the situation is so bad that Germany would not be able to fulfill its NATO obligations in an emergency. It’s a scandal certain to get bigger.