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“Yes I do.” – New theme: Promises

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What other day could possibly be more appropriate to launch IV’s new and final theme “Promises” than Valentine’s Day? However, love and romance are not alone in needing exorbitant doses of trust. Citizens around the world undergo the test of love on a daily basis, when corruption cheats, treaties abuse and legislation fails to perform.

The mantra of ‘till death do us part’ only satisfies a minority; many others choose their level of dedication based on a performance-based evaluation. When it comes to elections, politicians are notorious for feeding the voting mass spoonfuls of promises. Does every final vote mean the unconditional belief in political dedication? Yes and no. As much as we expect our politicians to fight for some promises, we tend to be more tolerant when they break others.

To kick off our February theme, we would love to present you with a couple of articles that provide plenty of food for thought. Lina Strandvåg Nagelldedicated her article “Can your political career survive a three wheeled scooter?” to French President Francois Hollande, and investigates whether highly publicized scandals make or break your political career. And surprisingly enough, a broken promise or two appears to be less of a career killer than you would think. On a more skeptical note, Alina-Florina Bunchi examines the empty promises that the EU has offered to Romania and Bulgarian in return for their membership in “An apple a day, keeps the EU away”. More broken promises are uncovered by Ilektra Tsakalidou, as she dissects the multiple facets of crisis recovery in “Greek Recovery: reality or empty promise?”

How do you feel about promises? Words of love or vicious lies? Let us know. Send your suggested article topic to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note that, just as many traineeships and internships are coming to an end, “promises” will provisionally be our last theme. Why? Because we are kicking off March with a brand new section which will entirely focus on the European Parliament Elections. How’s that for a promise? More news to come.

Beilinda Li
Theme editor IV



Last modified on Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:33

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