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Rule of law can rid the world of poverty
Poverty is on the retreat. Despite the global economic downturn, the World Bank and UN reported this year that the number of people living in extreme poverty has dropped in every region of the world for the first time since record keeping began. Though progress on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals has been uneven, we should be heartened that we have already reached, three years before the target date of 2015, the first of these eight goals. George Soros and Fazle Hasan Abed
, Financial Times
, 26 September 2012
President Obama: The Democrats' Ronald Reagan
With his first term behind him, Obama is poised to be as significant a president as Reagan—tackling the deficit, spearheading immigration reform, and jolting the GOP back to sanity. Andrew Sullivan
, Daily Beast
, 24 September 2012
Unfortunately, bemoaning red tape is easier than dealing with it Economist
, 22 September 2012
Do we believe in the EU?
Crisis is a good moment for an examination of conscience. If war broke out in Europe today, would anyone be willing to die for the ideas of Schuman or Monnet’s community method? Jacek Pawlicki & Tomasz Bielecki
, 21 September 2012
The far right is fragmenting
The BNP is in freefall but there is potential for one of its many rivals to move into the space it vacates Matthew Goodwin
, 19 September 2012
Europe's most powerful countries call for elected EU president
Germany, France and nine other of Europe's most powerful countries have called for an elected European Union president and an end to Britain's veto over defence policy in a radical blueprint mapping out the continent's future. Bruno Waterfield
, Daily Telegraph
, 18 September 2012
The inexorable rise of the PR men
With firms like Bell Pottinger working for foreign governments, we must now question everything more, not less. Alan White
, New Statesman
, 17 September 2012
The Crisis of Europe
How the Union Came Together and Why It’s Falling Apart Timothy Garton Ash
, Foreign Affairs
, September 2012
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