Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  1. Europe’s Movement Against Moving

    Harold James

    Europe’s Movement Against Moving

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     explains why labor mobility has become an issue in recent European elections.

    Train moving in Europe Carlos Bryant/Flickr

    The European Union has been a single labor market for nearly 30 years, but it was only after the global financial crisis that migration really took off. The result has been a backlash against it, both in the countries where workers arrive and, as Poland’s recent presidential election showed, in those from which they are leaving. READ MORE

  2. Paradise in Peril

    Charles Tannock

    Paradise in Peril

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     fears that the Maldives’ democratic transition has been aborted by the security forces.

    President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed/The Commonwealth/Flickr

    The plight of Mohamed Nasheed – the former president of the Maldives who has now been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by the military government that overthrew him in 2012 – seems to have fallen off the world’s radar. This is bad news for the Maldives, where a fledgling democracy’s fate is inextricably tied to that of Nasheed. READ MORE

  3. Thailand’s Stunted Transition

    Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    Thailand’s Stunted Transition

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     explains why the country remains trapped between authoritarianism and democracy.

    Bangkok skytrain sunset Bangkok/Diliff/Wikimedia Commons

    One year after its 12th military coup in 83 years under constitutional rule, Thailand is beset with more questions than answers. The country will regain its footing only when, through compromise and mutual accommodation, it reshapes its contested political order to reflect the principles of an electoral democracy. READ MORE

  4. Staying the Course in Europe’s East

    Carl Bildt

    Staying the Course in Europe’s East

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     explains why the EU’s Riga summit must reaffirm the Eastern Partnership initiative.

    Petro Poroshenko, Federica Mogherini Igor Golovniov/ZumaPress

    The EU summit in Riga with the “Eastern Partnership” countries recalls the dramatic Vilnius meeting in November 2013, where Ukraine’s president, under heavy Russian pressure, refused to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Russia’s behavior since then has made the Eastern Partnership more important than ever. READ MORE

  5. The Modi Government Turns One

    Shashi Tharoor

Focal Point

Skidelsky and Ferguson Debate Austerity

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