Editor's desk

Mitchell A. Belfer

Foreign Investors Must Not Exploit Weak Regulation In Europe

This summer US regulators released a detailed list of reforms it believes will make markets function better and more efficiently. The reforms by the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation is aimed at restoring public confidence in the Stock Market. The high level panel contains industry heavyweights ranging from Wall Street executives, hedge fund CEOs, individuals such as Kenneth Bentsen Jr., head of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and representatives of trading…

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Radko Hokovský

Romania: Still at Odds with the Rule of Law

With nearly 20 million inhabitants Romania joined the EU together with Bulgaria in 2007. While Romania is scheduled to hold the EU Council presidency in 2019, the country remains at the periphery of the Union in terms of its geography, economic performance and the level of its institutional integration. Romania fulfils neither the fiscal criteria for the adoption of the Euro currency, nor has it been allowed to join the Schengen Area. And, moreover, it is still under the so-called Cooperation…

Issue 10:2

Radko Hokovský

The Concept of Border Security in the Schengen Area

Abstract: This article contributes to the discussion about border security in the Schengen Area, particularly regarding the dramatic increase of illegal immigration since 2013. It first outlines the competency of the European Union regarding protection of Schengen’s external borders and identifies the objectives of EU policies. The article goes on to critically analyse the concept of ‘EU Integrated Border Management,’ showing that it is hardly applicable to strategic policy making. There is no…

Issue 10:2

Samer Bakkour

Dynamics of Middle East Peace Process in the Era of US Hegemony: 1950-2000

Abstract: This article begins with the observation that the US has over the course of the 20th century, exerted an unrivalled influence on international affairs. In exerting this influence, which is manifested within various dimensions (military, economic and technological), successive American administrations were able to pursue and consolidate their own interests at the international level of governance. In this respect, it is telling that both advocates and critics of American power agree…

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Ewelina Szczech

Private vs. Public Interest: Whose City is it?

Comparing Public Space Models in Central and Eastern Europe—A Look at Bucharest, Romania and Warsaw, Poland What defines a character of a city is its public space, not its private space. What defines the value of the private assets of the space are not the assets by themselves but the common assets. The value of the public good affects the value of the private good. We need to show every day that public spaces are an asset to a city. — Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat This reflection…

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Adisa Avdić-Küsmüş

Human Rights in Romania? The Scent of Hypocrisy

Amid growing security concerns and an unfolding migrant crisis, developing adequate mechanisms for human rights development has tumbled down the priority list in Romania--a country that lacks strong democratic traditions and continues to carry the heavy burden of its communist past. This is producing a generation of policy makers hostile to the anchors of European values. Consider that earlier this year Romanian Justice Minister, Raluca Pruna, suggested that human rights are a 'theoretical…

Editor's desk

Mitchell Belfer

If Not Now, When? Reviewing Europe’s Failures, One Country at a Time

From terrorism to corruption, war, economic crises and the return of extremist political parties, the past years have been trying for the EU on the social, political and economic fronts. BREXIT may have been the first rejection of membership—it is unlikely to be the last. To avoid the complete unwinding of the European project it is important to recalibrate the essence of the Union; to find and expose its weakest points – and members – and work at building a Europe that is reflective of the…

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Laszlo Lovaszy

Massive Immigration Overshadowed by the Upcoming Wave of Robots

Everybody now talks about Brexit and illegal immigration; however there was another crucial referendum on our future several weeks ago. Voters in Switzerland rejected with a large and convincing majority the idea of introducing the so-called unconditional basic income (UBI) scheme this June. According to supporters of this campaign, over 90 % of office workers will be replaced by computers soon. Let’s see the case of Artificial Intelligence (AI) first. According to a recent Nature article, we…

2016 - Volume 10, Issue 2