Juncker
EuropeFront PagePolitics

Juncker’s Promises: Seven Months On

The election of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission was an extraordinarily political one for communitarian standards. As those who recall David Cameron’s uneasy summer will confirm, the process was marked by more or less strict respect for the rule that the top Commission officer shall be chosen in line …

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Japan
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IS: Japan’s New Biggest Fear

The Islamic State – a radical Islamist group currently operating in Iraq and Syria released yet another atrocious video a week ago, this time showing the beheading of a Japanese hostage after demands for a $ 200million ransom in exchange for his life were not met by the Japanese government. …

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grexit
EuropeFront PagePolitics

Grexit or non-grexit?

The victory of Syriza, the Greek party of radical left, in the recent national elections, is a message sent loud and clear to the European authorities: you cannot solve an economic crisis as big as the present one through austerity measures and also expect popular support. Grexit or non-Grexit? In six …

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European
EconomicsEuropeFront PagePolitics

New Deal for European Union: Why not.

Is the European Union a fully democratic institution?  While the discussion on this topic is still open, one important tool to promote democracy is certainly the European Citizen Initiative: a law that gives the possibility to one million European citizens to present a proposal that the European Parliament has to …

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European
EuropeFront PagePolitics

New Deal for the European Union

The New Deal for Europe -For a European Special Plan for Sustainable Development and Employment is a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) proposed by the European Federalist Movement and many other organizations across the European Union. First, what is an ECI? This is a tool of participatory democracy introduced by the …

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Internet
EconomicsFront PagePoliticsTechnologyWorld

Asia’s Internet Transformation

The pace of technological innovation and the growth of Internet usage have a disruptive impact on how people around the world think and live. The International Telecommunication Union estimates that there are 2.5 billion Internet users today: 1.6 billion more than in 2004. And most of this growth comes from …

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Turkey
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Turkey: A Story Between East and West

After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire following its defeat in the First World War, a new, unified country called Turkey emerged in 1923. Its first President,Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (which translates as the Father of all Turks) recognized the geopolitical importance of Turkey as a bridge between Asia and Europe …

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Education
EconomicsFront PagePoliticsWorld

Education USA: Keep Calm and Let Me Study

President Obama recently announced that he will call Congress to pass a legislation to make the first two years of education in Community College free for everyone who meets some academic credentials. Before analyzing the details of Obama’s proposal, it is important to explain what Community Colleges are. In the …

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Cancer
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Cancer: A Problem for India and China

India and China, so different and yet so often compared one to the other because they share many benefits and problems of quick development: surprisingly one of these is soaring cancer rates. Since Jim O’Neill, the retiring chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Asset Management, coined the term ‘BRICs’ in his paper from …

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Christopher Prentice
EconomicsEuropeFront PageInterviewPoliticsUK

Interview with HM Uk Ambassador to Italy Cristopher Prentice.

In the frame of the fifth edition of  U.K. – Italy Springboard 2014, an entrepreneurial contest coordinated by UK Trade and Investment in cooperation with Morning Boost, Retrò Online had the pleasure and the honour to interview Christopher Prentice, Her Majesty’s Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Italy. …

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