FROM THE HIGH ASPIRATIONS OF ACCESSION TO GROWING EUROSCEPTICISM (by Andreas Theophanous). When Cyprus applied for membership to the EU there were high aspirations and expectations. Nevertheless the political sophistication of the country was such that it could not fully assess the stakes involved and adjust quickly enough to the necessary requirements … MORE

U.S. GOVERNMENT TURMOIL (by Monroe Newman). As this is written, the U.S. government, which seeks to be a model for others to emulate, is in turmoil and experiencing a partial shutdown. In addition, a major financial crisis with worldwide ramifications looms in the very near future. Both are possible because of the division of powers created by the country’s constitution, which makes the … MORE

BRITISH HERITAGE (by Stephanos Constantinides). If the assumption applying to the Greek state is valid, that many of its misfortunes are a consequence of the fact that it passed from the Ottoman period into a western adaptation without the necessary stopovers experienced by the West, this is even more true for Cyprus which passed from the Ottoman era into English colonialism. … MORE

REBUTTING RECTOR ATTALIDES’ POSITION: “THE CYPRUS PROBLEM IN 2004… .” (by Aris Petasis). In his article “The Cyprus Problem in 2004: Three Differences from 2004 and One Similarity” appearing in the September, 2013 issue of In Depth Rector Attalides of the cceia of Nicosia writes, “In 2004 one of the issues impeding a solution was that the economically overconfident Greek … MORE

THE GERMAN GENERAL ELECTION 2013 – RESULTS AND CONSEQUENCES (by Klaus Larres). Chancellor Angela Merkel gained a tremendous victory in the German general election of September 2013. In fact her victory was so all-encompassing that her junior coalition partner since 2009, the small liberal FDP, did not manage to squeeze back into parliament. With less than 5 percent of … MORE

GERMANY WILL END OR REVAMP THE “EURO GAME”? (by Kyriakos Antoniou). Almost five years after the debt crisis had stricken Europe and still counting, the European policy makers until today struggle to tackle it. The crisis revealed the weakness of the ECB, the interconnection of banks and national states and most of all, the lack of solidarity among EU partners. Moreover, the … MORE