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It took a bit to understand that the demystification and reduction of worries on the TTIP passed through a series of initiatives well-structured and aimed to allow a larger audience having access to the subjects being negotiated. Yet, the transparency initiative envisages keeping some documents as restricted and the explanatory lines dropped by Commissioner Malmström […]

The summer of 2008 saw the price of Brent crude rise to its record high, reaching more than $144 per barrel on July 3rd, and some speculated it would continue growing. However, the price fell to below $40 in late 2008, having shrank 77 per cent over just six months. Last year on June 19th, […]


Immer mehr Menschen wollen Produkte aus ihrer Region und das aus gutem Grund: Kurze, schnelle Transportwege schonen die Umwelt und die Ware bleibt frisch. Einleuchtende Argumente für regionale Lebensmittel… In Europa hat sich eine verwirrende Vielfalt von Siegeln herausgebildet, bei der kaum noch jemand weiß, was sie im Einzelnen aussagen… Dazu kommt der Handel: Supermärkte […]

China and the Balkans

The presence of China in the Balkans is not new. During the years of the Cold War, China closely cooperated first with Albania and then with Yugoslavia. In fact, Albania was one of the key initiators of the UN resolution 2758 which led to the UN recognition of the People’s Republic of China in 1971.[1] […]

Deutsche Maut in Europa

Eigentlich ist es ja unmöglich, über die deutsche Maut keine Glosse zu schreiben – aber wie schön, dass Deutschland sonst keine Probleme hat und deshalb die Maut-Nervensägerei im Hochbetriebsmodus laufen kann. Die ganze Mautgeschichte ist von ihrem Ursprung und Verlauf her ein schönes Beispiel dafür, dass eine politische Forderung, so sinnvoll oder sinnlos sie auch […]

The London petroleum exchange saw the price of Brent crude slide to just under USD 70 per barrel today. What is more, after last week’s decision by OPEC, there is no indication that the downward trend will reverse any time soon. Oil prices are at their lowest since 2008. Although I explained the reasons behind […]

A conference commemorating 25 years of Poland’s political transformation was held at the Warsaw School of Economics on November 19th 2014. Interested in what conclusions can be drawn from past events and how these can be used to shape the future, I decided to participate. The programme of the conference was a particular attraction, featuring […]

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