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The flawed rhetoric around NATO’s two percent

The flawed rhetoric around NATO’s two percent
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Rumour has it that at their much-discussed meeting in Washington, Donald Trump handed Angela Merkel an invoice, amounting to the alleged 300 billion US Dollars Germany “owed” the US for not living up to its NATO budget quota. Although both parties denied this happened, the news still sparked heated debates about NATO’s budget and its […]

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The war on terrorism financing – a success in disguise?

The war on terrorism financing – a success in disguise?
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Despite the conference’s fashionable theme “Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?”, certain topics on the agenda persist beyond “post” – for instance the international community’s continuous fight against terrorism, and the endeavour to tackle it from an economic side. 16 years after 9/11 heralded the global war on terror, it is now time to review the corresponding global […]

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Central bank independence: Time for a change?

Central bank independence: Time for a change?
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Donald Trump and Theresa May did not only shake things up politically in 2016. Regarding monetary policy, both leaders are likely to appoint politically compliant governors, silently starting to undermine central bank independence. In Europe, the latest protests against the ECB criticized this very dichotomy between an independent central bank and an allegedly democratic European […]

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The gender in Brexit

The gender in Brexit
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In 1975 the United Kingdom held its first referendum about leaving the European Economic Community – the European Union’s predecessor – and decided to remain. Many things were different back then, including the role women played in the debate. Not only were women addressed by politicians – who seized the opportunity to mobilize voters – […]

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