Stories by Robin Tim Weis

Robin Tim Weis is currently a graduate student at the University of Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany) earning a Masters of Arts in American Studies. He is a graduate of Vesalius College (Brussels, Belgium) and holds a Bachelor degree Cum Laude in International Affairs. Robin Tim Weis can be contacted at: Robin.Weis@stud.uni-heidelberg.de

Vaclav Havel Wrote to Make Europe Free

December 18th, 2011 at 2:45 pm 3 Comments

Asked once whether he would like to be remembered as an author or as a politician, sick Vaclav Havel answered that he was first and foremost a, “dramaturge who acted as a citizen and thanks to this circumstance was able to spend a part of his life in a political position.”

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The UK’s Future in Europe Looks Very Swiss

December 14th, 2011 at 2:37 pm 7 Comments

Despite what the sensational media coverage might suggest, EU-UK relations did not experience a watershed moment last week.

The EU has indeed become a two-tier organization but the divide has not occurred between the UK and Europe but between the Northern “fiscal hawks” and the slump European South, which has dragged the EU into its financial turmoil.

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Can NATO Adapt to Cyber Warfare?

November 29th, 2011 at 2:50 pm 7 Comments

What is the likelihood that NATO would invoke Article Five–NATO’s collective defense clause–in response to a cyber attack? The possibility first entered media discourse back in October 2010 when the German Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on an internal memo in which NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the use of Article Five in the case of an cyber attack.

Over the past year I have had the opportunity to ask different people within the NATO structure on the matter.

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Germans Learn Their Taxes Support the Far Right

November 28th, 2011 at 5:26 pm 18 Comments

The German public is in shock as details emerge of a brutal and inhuman neo-Nazi cell that has roamed the country over the past decade.

Current investigations have unveiled that a trio of neo-nazis; Beate Zschäpe, online Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt have killed ten people, remedy robbed a string of banks and planted numerous “dirty” bombs throughout Germany. More shocking is how German taxpayers have been indirectly supporting their activities.

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How Pepsi Won the Cola Wars in Russia

October 28th, 2011 at 11:00 am 8 Comments

Pepsi’s love affair with Russia dates way back to the early days of the cold war. It all started with Nikita Khrushchev taking a harmless sip of the drink at an American trade exhibition in Moscow in 1959.

Donald M. Kendall, himself Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo recalls the event as being an, “…inspiring start of a lifelong love affair with Russia…”

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Gaddafi: The EU’s Border Fence

October 21st, 2011 at 10:28 am 8 Comments

As millions of people around the world rejoice over the death of Muammar Gaddafi, here one suspects that FRONTEX, pills  the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union, sovaldi  may not share the same degree of enthusiasm.

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Hips Don’t Qualify

October 7th, 2011 at 12:00 am 30 Comments

Things are sure to get spicier at the White House as pop-starlet Shakira is set to join the ranks of thePresident’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Jokes aside, how dismal does the state of the U.S government and its department of Education have to be, in order for it to nominate a hip-shaking pop-star to advice the president in a field so fundamentally important as Latino education?

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Speak Latvian, Or Else

October 5th, 2011 at 12:39 am 16 Comments

It sounds like the nightmare of many cultural relativists: policemen barge through the doors of retail-stores, super-markets, and malls and charge immigrants with fines if they are not proficient in the native language or aware of its fine phonetics. What sounds rather bizarre is custom in Latvia, which has made sure to preserve and expand its linguistic base since its independence in 1991.

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New Ideas from Old Europe

October 4th, 2011 at 4:09 pm 9 Comments

A recent study by the Martin Prosperity Institute (Creativity and Prosperity: The Global Creativity Index) makes it clear why a solid, intimate and fruitful transatlantic relationship is needed. While many frantically point to China’s stellar economic growth and hunger for innovation, according to the institute it is actually “Old Europe” which continues to lead the way in economic and creative innovation.

The study takes a look at 82 key nations and their data on technology, innovation, human capital and other measures of economic competitiveness.

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Saint Putin?

October 3rd, 2011 at 12:30 pm 5 Comments

Putin’s supporters pull astounding stunts. If its not busty Russian chicks calling for a collective Putin “strip” or European techno odes to the Russian alpha male it is more solemn Russian women who are glorifying the Russian prime minister.

It seems that apart from being a gifted Judo fighter, stellar fisher, tiger shooter and whale aficionado, Putin is none other than the reincarnation of Saint Paul himself. The reasoning seems plausible enough for Mother Fotinya, founder of the “Putin sect”. According to Fotinya there are certain parallels between the life of Putin and St. Paul:

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