Search Results for ""Eastern European"" : 6

by / on May 4, 2011 at 4:06 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Behind the Burqa Bans

by “I don’t want the country of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be largely Muslim, or for Turkish or Arabic to be spoken in large areas, that women will wear headscarves and the daily rhythm is set by the call of the muezzin. If I want to experience that, I can just take a vacation in the Orient.” Enter Thilo Sarrazin, a former member of the German central bank and the author of the 2010 “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (Germa…

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by / on April 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: Post-Soviet Authoritarianism

…in’s research ranges from international economic policy to pension reform and economic transition in Central and Eastern European states. Orenstein began his presentation with a comment on the nature of previous research done on the democratic transition of former Soviet states to democracy. Much of this body of work, he noted, has been on the participation of the European Union in its Eastern European member states. Notably absent is discussion…

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by / on April 15, 2012 at 11:19 am / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Between the Idea and the Reality

by Every day, the newspaper is full of more disheartening realities from the continent that threaten to shatter the teenage American perception of Europe as a bastion of indiscriminate sexual opportunity, sandy beaches, and wine-splattered tablecloths. Of course, Europe has never been the Xanadu that American pop culture has painted it as for decades, despite the splendid languor and unmistakable placidity in the European disposition t…

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by / on October 18, 2009 at 5:28 pm / in Culture, Europe, Issue, World

Art Without Borders

…omic and political disequilibrium between Western and Eastern Europe has spurred the immigration of less wealthy Eastern Europeans to the more affluent West. These Eastern European immigrants are often so eager for a better life that they disregard the issue of legality, and many of those who settle in the “New World” run great risks. It is an archetypal but tragic story: these immigrants leave their families and risk their own safety over the co…

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by / on October 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

From Paris With Love

by Disturbing trends are cropping up in Europe. Far-right political parties are now joining government coalitions, which is leading to an  improvement in the radical right’s electoral success in traditionally open societies – even in the Netherlands and Denmark. With rising xenophobia  toward the large number of Muslim immigrants in Europe, immigration policies are more stringent than ever before. And it’s plausible that Marine L…

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by / on March 1, 2013 at 8:56 am / in Opinion, World

The More, the Merrier?

by Wikimedia Commons It’s not hard to imagine Singapore these days, if you’re a foreigner. Skyscrapers? Check. Cosmopolitan lifestyle? Check. No gum? Check and check again. Of course, this isn’t quite the full picture at all; in fact, it’s rather off the mark when it comes to gum! The point I’m really driving at, though, is that people, in imagining Singapore, don’t immediately realize how different things could have been. What it is…

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