The EU’s Uncelebrated Achievements

By Steven Hill,  IP/IP Journal (Berlin), May 21, 2014

Economic gains in Central and Eastern Europe more than icing on the cake

New research shows that living standards between eastern and western Europe are converging. But such bits of good news have been drowned out by more negative...

Merkel’s flawed vision for Europe, Ukraine-Russia and beyond

By Steven Hill, Al Jazeera, April 13, 2014

Germany has been led by eight chancellors since 1949, and nearly all of them have been world-class leaders. Their vision and achievements have been immortalised in portraits that hang in the Gallery of Chancellors on the first floor of the chancellery...

Merkel’s Shaky Europe

By Steven Hill, IP/IP Journal (Berlin), April 3, 2014

The Ukraine crisis points out the continent’s weaknesses — made in Germany

(German-language version here)

Until now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has weathered the euro crisis well enough. But the Russian annexation of Crimea illustrates the...

Santa Clarita goes beyond politics as usual: bold new path to a more diverse City Council

By Steven Hill, Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2014

The city charts a bold new path to a more diverse City Council

Earlier this month, Santa Clarita settled a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit, and in doing so became the first city in California to embrace innovative election rules that...

Why Does the US Still Have So Few Women in Office?

By Steven Hill, The Nation, March 7, 2014

At the current rate of progress, it will take nearly 500 years for U.S. women to reach fair representation in government

With Hillary Clinton the early front-runner in the 2016 Democratic primary, the United States may join the UK, Germany, Brazil and...

Divided we stand: The Polarizing of American Politics

by Steven Hill, National Civic Review, Winter 2005

Editor’s note: this article was first published in January 2006, but it’s sharp and incisive analysis of what is causing political polarization in Congress and in the US is more relevant than ever. In fact, it’s as if nothing has changed...

China’s investments in the US are growing. Should we be concerned?

By Steven Hill, The Guardian, January 24, 2014

A majority of Americans believe China poses the greatest threat to the US economy. Such fears are unwarranted

Leaked documents this week revealed what many already knew: Chinese investors are storing their money – and investing – more and more overseas. China’s...

Chinese Investors Making Inroads in the US

By Steven Hill, China-US Focus, January 13, 2014

Over the holidays, I was in New York City and walked past One World Trade Center – the site of the 9/11 tragedy and now the location of a new soaring skyscraper that has been deemed the tallest building in the...

Elections experts worry that Egypt’s new elections will make the same mistake as last time

By Steven Hill, Daily News Egypt, December 18, 2013

Defective election method probably elected wrong candidate, Mohamed Morsi

Egypt is about to enter another period in which it will attempt to push past its political crisis through democratic elections. A 50 member committee recently drafted a new constitution,...

A New Growth Bloc Against Germany’s Flawed Leadership

By Steven Hill, Social Europe Journal, December 17, 2013

What does the German Grand Coalition have to offer Europe? Not much.

I have been carefully reading and weighing all the commentary regarding Germany’s Große Koalition (or GroKo) agreement, and it’s clear that the coalition agreement can be read as a testament to...