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The Steklov Legacy

Professor of mathematics, Ulf Persson, visits the legandary Steklov Institute, the flagship of pure mathematics in the Soviet Union. Russian mathematicians have long inspired awe among their Western colleagues. A second-rate Soviet mathematician was usually considered first-rate by Western standards.

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BALTIC SEA REGIONALIZATION: THE SECOND COMING

Region-building around the Baltic Rim is not simply proceeding along a continuous path: it has entered a new phase. The region’s agenda has become increasingly outwardly oriented, argues the author.

By Pertti Joenniemi Inga kommentarer till THE SECOND COMING

The Baltic ghost. Selling out or keeping the Russians out?

A specter is haunting the Baltic States. It appears in different forms and with different names: Air Baltic, Mažeikių Nafta, Lattelecom, Ventspils Nafta, Latvenergo, Estonian Air. With their independence in 1991, the Baltic nations inherited enormous state enterprises, built to serve large parts of the Soviet Union, and thus too big for small republics like Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

By Arne Bengtsson Inga kommentarer till Selling out or keeping the Russians out?

The Baltics A sea too tranquil?

There was a time, only a few decades ago, when Northern Europe was the object of intensified strategic attention. Today, by comparison, the Baltic area seems a fairly tranquil place. Is it in fact too tranquil? That is worrisome for the once-again independent three republics on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea.

By Björn Kumm Inga kommentarer till A sea too tranquil?

nuclear storage gone awry

In Michael Madsen’s film Into Eternity, the safe storage of nuclear waste has gone awry: distant descendants of ours from a civilization unknown to us have penetrated the defenses of Onkalo, the final repository of nuclear waste on Finland’s west coast.

By Thomas Borchert Inga kommentarer till gone awry

Finland – land of uranium

The Decision-in-Principle (DiP) in 2002 to build a fifth nuclear power plant made Finland the center of attention when the nuclear power industry began to see its chances. Finland is the first country to have made a decision on final storage of nuclear waste. Finland is also the only Nordic country in which energy consumption is rising.

By Angela Oker-Blom 1 kommentar till land of uranium

Artpole. Interactive relaxation and music festival by the Black Sea

The ArtPole festival has become one of the most well known festivals in Ukraine over the course of its five-year history. In the past the festival exclusively featured traditional Ukrainian folk music as it developed and flourished during the last decade; now the focus is on what may be called the new urban folk music.

By Hanna Söderbaum Inga kommentarer till Interactive relaxation and music festival by the Black Sea

The Baltic Sea Festival Bridging East and West, North and South

The eleven-day Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm is supposed to build bridges and tie cultural bounds.

By Hans Wolf Inga kommentarer till Bridging East and West, North and South

Pomerania. In the borderlands between Germany and Poland

Today, Pomerania is divided between Germany and Poland, but the German and Polish populations have few factors in common that might serve to unify them. Nevertheless, in some respects the region is gradually becoming more interwoven. To study the development of these cross-border flows, a series of interviews is being conducted as part of a on-going research project

By Péter Balogh 4 kommentarer till In the borderlands between Germany and Poland

Poland. Economic Growth, Income Disparities, and Inequality in a Transition Economy

Over the past two decades Poland has begun to catch up to the wealthier parts of Europe. Between 1996 and 2008, average growth in Poland was 4.6 percent, compared with 2.2 percent in the EU-15. During the crisis year of 2009, Poland was the only EU country to post positive GDP growth. Prosperity has increased, infant mortality has fallen and life expectancy is longer. But income growth has been unequally distributed. There are winners and losers. Today Poland is among the group of European countries in which income inequality is greatest.

By Peter Johnsson 1 kommentar till Economic Growth, Income Disparities, and Inequality in a Transition Economy