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by Giovanbattista Varricchio (EPOS)

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NATO is one of the most impressive and successful attempt to create a collective defense organisation and, during its long history, it has shifted its visions, strategies and duties on the basis of the various kind of threats it was facing. A new question is raising nowadays: who is going to pay for NATO? In a summit at Newport, in Wales, NATO members were asked to reach the 2% of their national GDP in defense spending in ten years. Just 5 countries out of 28 are complying with this decision: United States, United Kingdom, Estonia, Poland and Greece. Donald Trump is demanding for more spending from NATO’s allies. What is going to happen if NATO’s burden will not be shared equally among all the members of the North Atlantic Alliance?



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Epos converses with Dr. Masoumeh Velayati

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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Masoumeh Velayati is a Lecturer in Gender and Development at Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education in Dundee, Scotland. She has a multi-disciplinary educational background in Islam, religion, and social science with particular focus on development, gender, and Islamic feminism. She has also experience of working in international development, as a result of which she designed, contributed and Co-ordinated MSc Programme in Development, Islam, and the Muslim World at Al-Maktoum College. In the following exclusive interview for EPOS she discusses the deal on the nuclear issue reached by Iran and the West, highlighting the strenghts and the weakness of the agreement and analysing the political, economic and social impacts of it on the Islamic Republic, across the MENA region and the whole World

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Epos converses with Eleni-Vasiliki Bampaliouta

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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The economic crisis in Greece is polarizing the opinions of the European citizens, firstly, and of all the intellectuals and the authorized personnel, secondly, about the system of the bailout and the attitude of the European Union towards Greece and the Greek population. The catastrophic results of the austerity policy have gone beyond any expectation. In spite of the propaganda that the Greek problem is a problem and a failure of the Greeks, everybody understands that behind the scenes is going the drama of the problems, the contradictions and the perspectives of Europe as a community, and a union. EPOS has interviewed the Athens-based Greek journalist Eleni-Vasiliki Bampaliouta, expert in politics and economy: in this exclusive conversation, she gives our readers her point of view from the ground on the economic crisis, the Greek government and the approach of the so-called TROIKA towards her and her compatriots

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by Dr. Christos N. Tsironis

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The Greek case is typical of dramatic changes in the conceptualization of economic dangers and societal consequences. Almost 6 years after the outbreak of the economic and financial crisis, the "saving" plans still suffer from faulty assumptions and half-hearted decisions with an undeclared albeit clear intention to create a firewall that only prevents the immediate crisis contagion without necessarily offering a sustainable solution. The greatest challenge of the Greek government right now is to ensure the basic social rights of the general population and to protect at the same time the democratic tradition of the country away from the dangers of polarization, populism, anti-democratic and anti-European extremist voices. But what the other European governments should do? The exclusive analysis and the point of view of Dr. Christos Tsironis, Ass. Prof. Contemporary Social Theory, Sector of Ethics and Sociology, Dep. of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki



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Epos converses with Fulvio Beltrami

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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Fulvio Beltrami is an Italian journalist who has been living in Africa since 1993. He is based in Kampala, Uganda, and he has followed all the main events happened in Africa in the last 20 years. He is one of the main expert of Africa politics and issues. In this exclusive interview for EPOS, Fulvio Beltrami analyses the current situation in Nigeria, focusing on Boko Haram and what has gone on behind the scenes. He marks the differences between the policy of President Buhari and his predecessor Jonathan towards Boko Haram, highlighting all the actors involved in the battle against terrorism. He ties the fate of Nigeria to that one of other African countries such us Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, and he examines the effects of the European imperialism in these states. He discusses the concept of Pan Africanism related to politics, economy and society, giving EPOS readers an illuminating point of view on the present and the future of the Continent

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by Gregorio Baggiani

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Gazprom-European Commission relations have been in a state of ferment in recent months because of the investigation into Gazprom that began on 4 September 2012, with charges against it of abusing a dominant market position. This took place after the introduction of the so-called "Third Energy Package" by the European Commission. The package calls for an 'unbundling' between gas distributors and gas producers to allow access to energy transportation to other companies, the so-called 'third parties', and avoid problems regarding monopolies or abuse of dominant market positions and price-fixing collusions. In this exclusive article for EPOS Gregorio Baggiani investigates and focuses on the issue, depicting the scenario and analysing all the positions in the field



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Epos converses with Fariba Nawa

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

Fariba Nawa is an award-winning Afghan-American journalist and frequent speaker on Middle East and South/Central Asian issues. She lived and reported from Afghanistan from 2002 to 2007, and witnessed the U.S.-led war against the Taliban and al Qaeda. She is currently teaching journalism at San Francisco State University. In this exclusive interview for EPOS, Fariba Nawa comments the results of the first round run-off vote in Afghanistan. She talks about the issue of security, the question of the Taliban and the political participation of women in the elections. She also analyzes the challenges and the political measures that the new President of Afghanistan will have to take

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Sex, a commercial act in Liberia?

Monday, 14 April 2014 09:48
by Emmanuel Zawolo Suah

EPOS Insights

Like in many other societies in the world, in Liberia it was forbidden to discuss sex in the presence of kids or under age, but since the Civil War, the cultural and religious essence of sex has diminished. What are the reasons for this change in attitudes and behaviours? What are the relations between sex, belief and society? What do the Liberians think about sex and its new "meaning" in daily life? In this article, Emmanuel Suah analyses the issue of sex as a commercial act in Liberia

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