Horror at the White House! Tales of a ghostly president

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In the long halls and rooms steeped in political history that make up the White House, President Obama is currently steering his nation on stormy political seas. But he is not the first to occupy these rooms; ever since Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, the presidents of United States have used this house as their home and office. Fires and extensions have altered its appearance but it remains, to this day, a symbol for the political power of the American president. However, it might just be that president Obama is not the only president roaming its halls…

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The High Representative of Everything and Nothing, The Art of Moving Mountains

On August 30th, the Italian Foreign Minister and Commission candidate, Mrs. Frederica Mogherini, was appointed High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (commonly known as simply the High Representative). Taking office on November 1st, Mrs. Mogherini faces tremendous challenges ahead. With little foreign policy experience, will she be the one to breathe new life into the tired EU foreign policy cooperation?

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Safe or sorry: China’s struggle to balance an increasing population with decreasing pesticides

The safety of Chinese food has come to the awareness of the Chinese population
When we think about Chinese food, we often recall the greasy, mouth-watering, and delicious stir fry rice of our favourite take a-way place. Usually cheap, fast, around the corner, and open 24/7; good for midnight cravings or during around the clock work to meet a deadline. But in China, where this marvellous cuisine comes from, the ingredients used in the various dishes are often not so safe. A recent book published in China by Wu Heng invites its readers to quite literally throw their food out of the window and follow three strict principles while ‘hunting’ at the grocery store: shop at regular places, pay regular prices and rotate your poison. At this point one must ask: Why is there such a great concern regarding the quality of food?

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