July 28, 2016 Though called “non-governmental,” NGOs often receive significant government funding and may pursue political agendas.
July 21, 2016 Ankara appears in disarray, but the attempted coup is unlikely to prevent it from taking the necessary steps to emerge as a major power.
July 17, 2016 The recent coup attempt highlights the secular-religious divide in Turkey.
July 27, 2016 Leaders of the two countries have recently overlooked some disagreements to emphasize their common interests.
July 26, 2016 Radical Islamism is a movement, not an organization, which makes it much harder to defeat.
July 25, 2016 The Communist Party is trying to ensure it can hold the country together.
July 22, 2016 Short-term outlooks produce misconceptions.
July 21, 2016 Beijing projects an image of strength but its weakness often shapes its polices.
July 20, 2016 Erdoğan is using the coup attempt to reframe Turkey’s relations with Russia.
This week’s map takes a look at Europe using two economic metrics: GDP growth and unemployment. One of the first things to note is that besides Estonia, the only countries in Europe that are growing at a rate of over 1 percent are either in the Balkans or right next door (Romania). Most of Western, Central and northern Europe is growing at under 1 percent and a few countries even experienced first quarter contraction: Ireland, Hungary and Poland, among others.
The second thing to note is that while the Balkans have decent growth rates, unemployment is very high, as it is throughout southern Europe, from Spain to Greece. Italy’s unemployment figure is somewhat misleading as there is a huge north-south divide. In southern Italy, unemployment is closer to the rate seen in Balkan countries than Italy’s average.Keep reading