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Europe on the Potomac

So much for claims that Europe is in terminal decline, its economic and political model devoid of appeal elsewhere. As the U.S. fiscal cliffhanger showed, European decision-making practices are becoming all the rage in Washington. True, political America took only...

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Photograph by Nigel Waldron/Getty Images

Collapse? Slow Decline? Renaissance?

Just as the ceremony awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union was coming to a triumphant, Beethoven-accented crescendo in Oslo yesterday, spy agencies in Washington released their unclassified guesstimates about the world in 2030 with pointed words for...

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Photograph by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Greek Reformers Face Gordian Knot of Regulations

Panagiotis Karkatsoulis, who works in the Greek Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Governance and teaches at the National School of Public Administration, has some well founded theories about where Greece went wrong. One long-standing habit of government that helped the...

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