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EU Brokers Iran Nuclear Deal (2 April 2015) : “Good news” tweeted EU High Representative Federica Mogherini at the end of marathon talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. Iran, EU, China, Russia, and the US “reached solutions on key parameters” that would resolve the major disputes of Iran’s nuclear program. EU and US imposed financial and economic sanctions would be lifted on a quid-pro-quo basis. Iran would only keep the civilian nuclear facility in Natanz and reduce the centrifuges from 19,000 to about 6,100 under oversight from the IAEA. The text of the technical agreement will be finalized by June 30.
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A Bulgarian Spring?
A Bulgarian Spring?
Anti-government protests in Bulgaria’s capital have been ongoing for more than 46 days now. Shouting “Resign!” and “Mafia!” demonstrators are calling for the cabinet of Plamen Oresharski to step down. Protests erupted after Deylan Peevski, a media mogul with alleged ties to organized crime, was appointed ... 
Transatlantic Trade Negotiations
Transatlantic Trade Negotiations
Negotiations have started in July 2013 for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). According to Brussels, the enhanced partnership could create the largest free trade area in the world. It has the potential to increase EU-US trade by 28% (€187 billion worth of goods and services), and ... 
Country No. 28: Croatia Joins the EU
Country No. 28: Croatia Joins the EU
On July 1, 2013, the European Union will add a new member state, Croatia. The latest enlargement comes at a time when the EU is battling its worst economic recession and some political fractions in member states such as the UK are debating leaving the bloc. Croatia, the Newest EU Member source: © EU 2013 ... 
‘Teach a Man to Fish’ – What to Do About EU Youth Unemployment?
‘Teach a Man to Fish’ – What to Do About EU Youth Unemployment?
Almost seven million EU citizens age 15 to 25 are NEETS, that is, neither employed nor in education or training. The highest numbers are in Europe’s troubled South: 55.9% of young people in Spain are unemployed, 38.3% in Portugal, 38.4% in Italy, and 59.1% in Greece. The media have started to talk about ... 
Popular Politics in Hard Times
Popular Politics in Hard Times
This year’s Eurovision pop song competition was watched by more than 170 million people globally, the Champions League soccer final, by over 300 million. These are large numbers compared with the Superbowl (108 million viewers) and the  American Idol final (14.3 million). To my disappointment, none of my ...