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'Mad dog' Mattis issues ultimatum to NATO: Increase defence spending or U.S. changes its commitments

BRUSSELS — Defence Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), warning that if they do not boost their defence spending to goals set by the alliance, the United States may alter its relationship with them. 626 more words


Croatia and Hungary Are 'New Face of Corruption' in Europe

Nikolaj Nielsen reports for EU Observer:

Perceived corruption in Croatia and Hungary is so high that both have dropped in global rankings when compared to last year, according to Transparency International (TI). 97 more words

European Union

Istria's Mons Rubineus

Rovinj in Croatian and Rovigno in Italian is a Croatian city situated on the northern Adriatic coast and in the western parts of the Istrian Peninsula. 486 more words

Let's Travel


The bus arrived in the austere light of an ethereal sky. Darkness was quickly descending, and I could only clearly make out the most severe silhouettes, like the large cross high up on the hillside and the domed roof and minaret of the mosque. 325 more words


A Bit of the Balkans and Beyond (Part I)

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This first part is about, well, why I took this trip. 4,732 more words


Hi everyone!  I apologize for the delay.  I’ve been enjoying time with family and friends and have fallen behind with the blogging.  I still have 2 more country recaps to fill you in on from Hoch’s and my world travel adventure.  1,833 more words


Tenere on Tour

The Tall Ten came into my life early March 2009. The new model was designed and built by Yamaha Italy for the Euoropean market and went into production in 2008. 624 more words

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