The Greco-Turkish animosities

Greece and Turkey have not been friend nations for innumerable years, even since the dawn of two of the oldest and most culturally advanced societies in the history of mankind, the cradles of Western philosophical thought as it is commonly understood. I assume that most of our readers know about the Greeks and the Persians; thanks…

Reunited and it feels so good

The Republic of Cyprus is an Eastern European state that not many academics outside of the Middle East really know much (or frankly care) about. Greece and Turkey have been contending over the third most populous and third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea for decades. Athens and Ankara fought a war in the second half of…

Dirty business in Moldova

Leaving aside the self-satisfied silliness of part of the American political scene, let’s venture for a moment into the world of geopolitical reality. Frankly speaking, very few people in the U.S.A. are able to catch up the news that actually change the global reality, and what’s more, it usually happens with unspeakable difficulty due to the spread of trash…

Double or nothing

A politician … is a man who thinks of the next election; while the statesman thinks of the next generation. James Freeman Clarke Konrad Adenauer, Joseph Bech, Johan Willem Beyen, Winston Churchill, Alcide De Gasperi, Walter Hallstein, Sicco Mansholt, Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman, Paul-Henri Spaak, Altiero Spinelli. These names are unanimously considered the founding fathers…

Unveiling the curtain

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the European Union and the United States has aroused many controversies and questions. Not only might it be the most important free trade agreement of our times, as well as the foundation for a transatlantic trade hegemony, but also the basis for a stronger political alliance…

The hangover after Euromaidan

More than two decades have passed since 1989, the year of the fall of the Berlin Wall separating the ‘two Germanies’ and the main symbol of the Iron Curtain between the ‘first’ and the ‘second’ world. Those were the years of the internal collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the foundations of which…

A colossus with feet of clay

It’s not far from truth stating that the European Union has hardly ever stood against multiple threats which originated both from external and internal sources. American philosopher Will Durant once wrote that “a great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within”. Although this quotation mainly refers to civilization, it’s similarly applicable…

Patriotism in Russia

The level of patriotism in Russia has rapidly grown since the beginning of 2014. Primarily, this is expressed in the level of trust towards President Vladimir Putin and the Government of the Russian Federation. The growth was due to the successful Olympic Games in Sochi, but precisely the annexation of the Crimean peninsula and the…