New Cold War – No War – Whose war?

No one knows better about the relations between two countries than their diplomats. Instructed, educated women and men, they have represented their countries in times of peace and war, assuming some of the most difficult negotiations with some of the world’s most powerful leaders throughout history. Malcolm Toon for instance, US Ambassador to the Soviet...
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Banking Tradition and the Spirit of Cryptocurrency Adoption

When Max Weber wrote “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”, he basically started from a simple empirical inquiry: why did the industrial emerge in England fueled by Western ideas, instead of taking place in the historically more innovative China? His very influential assessment is that Protestantism has spearheaded hard work-driven innovation, and the...
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Using agenda setting to create a more mature public. Can we do it?

Disclaimer: One should interpret this article from a political science perspective, as I sometimes pretend to have. The reason I chose this topic is because it has been on the back of my mind quite a while. And I need your comments to improve my understanding of the matter. And though I am no sociologist...
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The “American Problem” – A story of Donald Trump and the European Union

Throughout its long history, Europe has known a great many “problems” that were so tightly knit to the fabric of the space in which they occurred that they became known as national problems. The Turks had a problem, the Czechs and Slovaks, the Polish, the Jews and then the Germans. Now, across the pond, a...
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Transatlantic Security: NATO and the initiative for a Common European Army

The idea of a common European defense is not new. It is, in fact, as old as the post-war European project itself. In 1950, the ”René Pleven Plan”, after the name of the then French Prime Minister, aimed to establish the European Defense Community in response to the United States’ intention to re-arm West Germany....
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The Politics of “Breaking Bad”

Even though it doesn’t really seem like it, AMC’s popular TV show “Breaking Bad” presents many political undertones and situations whose main cause is rooted in political decisions. While most analyses focus on the psychology of the characters, the expansive and logical storytelling, the impressive cinematography, the trademark POV-style filming from virtually episode, and the social...
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