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The success factors of Dutch-Turkish entrepreneurs

In recent years entrepreneurship and economic development have become particularly prominent policy areas for the Dutch government in need of improvement. As for entrepreneurship, a recent report by Gürkan Çelik in the Journal of Social Intervention speaks specifically of entrepreneurship amongst Turkish migrants in the Netherlands. According to the article, the increased level of education…

President Viktor Yanukovich (Ukraine) and President Vladimir Putin (Russia)

Ukraine, Russia and the EU in the context of energy security

This article was first published in the Journal of Turkish Weekly, on December 10, 2013. JTW Interview, USAK Expert Hasan S. Özertem The demonstrations on Kiev’s main squareMaidan have been sparked by President Viktor Yanukovich declaring on November 21 that the Ukraine will suspend the negotiation of an association agreement with the European Union, under economic…

TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2013

The name “Top 10” makes it sound like we will see something pleasant. For most of these photos, the opposite is true. They depict horrific events which we wish would never happen in the first place. #10: “I only tried to record the events through my camera. I had to document what I saw, one…

Budapest Teleki Blanka Gymnasium

Hungarian pupils perform poorly in school – OECD PISA report

Today, the EC published an evaluation of the EU’s performance in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report was published. It assesses the progress 15-year old pupils in OECD countries have made from 2009 to 2012 in the subjects of Math, Science and Reading. The OECD has the following to say about Hungary’s performance:…

Euroscepticism

Euroscepticism: Causes and the need for a solution

In light of the European Parliament elections of 2014 and the expected gains of the far right – who are more inclined towards being eurosceptic than any other group – the motivations for people to favor the political right is analyzed. “What causes people to be eurosceptic?” is the question at hand. Support for the…