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"POST-TRUTH, POST-WEST, POST-ORDER?" PREVIEW OF THE MSC 2017 IN BERLIN

"The international security order today is probably more volatile than at any other point after the end of World War II." With these words, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, welcomed the about 300 guests of the traditional MSC Kick-off event at the Bavarian Representation in Berlin on February 13, 2017. READ MORE

PM Aleksandar Vucic to Run for Serbian Presidency

By Maja Zivanovic

The leadership of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party proposed party chief and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic as its candidate in the upcoming presidential elections, making him the frontrunner. READ MORE

US Congressman Slammed for Proposing New Balkan Borders

Politicians in the Balkans condemned Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher for suggesting that Serbia and Kosovo swap territory and for claiming that Macedonia is not a state. READ MORE

After the Wells Fargo scandal, millennials deserve a ‘Netflix model’ for banking

BY KALPESH KAPADIA

The days of traditional banking, and the hegemony of big brand-name banks, are coming to a close as consumers demand more transparent, responsive and honest treatment. READ MORE

The Wilders effect

By TOM-JAN MEEUS

Just over a month before the Netherlands heads to elections on March 15, conventional wisdom in political circles has it that the man expected to win — right-wing rabble-rouser Geert Wilders — will be unable to form a governing coalition. READ MORE

Catalonia trial stirs frustration as another referendum looms

By Mike Woods

In Spain, some forty thousand people gathered at a Barcelona courthouse Monday in support of former Catalonia regional leader Artur Mas and two other politicians, as they went on trial for organising an independence referendum in November 2014. Underlying the trial is a sense of frustration with Madrid’s position on Catalonian independence as the region’s government promises another referendum for this year. READ MORE

Schulz keeps options open on refugee policy

By Hans Monath

Martin Schulz will contest this year’s federal elections and he believes the refugee crisis needs a European solution. But do Germans think his increase in popularity is only a short-lived phenomenon? Euractiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports. READ MORE

Germany pledges to defend Lithuania: Key quotes from defense minister

In her congratulatory message to the German-led NATO battalion in Lithuania, Germany's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday pledged to defend Lithuania's freedom and independence. READ MORE

Scottish parliament rejects Brexit in non-binding vote

Scotland's devolved parliament has officially opposed Westminster's march towards Brexit. The outcome of the vote could now serve as a basis for a second referendum for Scottish independence. READ MORE

Trump's foreign travel is causing headaches abroad

By NAHAL TOOSI

Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump is forcing foreign leaders to grapple with an extraordinary question: Is it worth the political risk to invite him for a visit? READ MORE

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