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Mired in corruption, Bulgaria takes over the EU presidency

On January 1, 2018, eleven years since it became a member of the European Union, Bulgaria took over the rotating EU Council Presidency from Estonia. Until the end of June, Sofia will host summits and meetings...

China – The untold story of the world’s largest church

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch...

Colombian vote: Who were the winners and losers?

Latin America’s electoral super-cycle faced its second major test last week, as voters headed to the polls in Colombia for legislative elections. The election was a prelude to the upcoming presidential election, which will be...

Brazil’s Temer fends off prosecution with agribusiness support

On 2 August, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted by 264 to 227 to block the Supreme Court's right to rule on allegations of obstruction of justice and conspiracy levelled against President Michel Temer. It was an...
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Russian election: Twitter shines a light on fraud in the North Caucasus

Sunday, April 18 saw a yawn-inducing victory for Vladimir Putin in the Russian election, as sarcastic gasps of shock echoed through Western Europe. Collecting of 75% of the vote on a turnout of 67.5%, the...
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Could French rail strikes derail the Macron Presidency?

The British often like to joke about the French propensity to take industrial action. The SNCF, the state rail provider in France, began a series of 18 two-day strikes on April 3 leaving just...

Huge electricity price hikes shock British Gas customers

Following a lengthy price freeze beginning in February, British Gas have shocked customers by announcing a 12.5% increase in electricity tariffs after accidentally publishing an unfinished report titled ‘Why we’ve had to raise electricity...
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Tillerson out and Pompeo in through Trump’s revolving door

The last month inside of the Trump White House has been tumultuous at best, and seemingly out of control at worst, but the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the ousted-cherry-on-top of...
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Weaving a ‘new tapestry’: When May met Macron

Rarely have France and Britain prospered concurrently. From the Normans to Napoleon, France and Britain have traded global influence for centuries. Not much has changed aside from the scale of the power. The rhetoric was...

A nation within two states: How the Mapuche conflict marks Chile

On 8 August, Argentina’s government announced that a reward of US$27,000 would be issued in return for information regarding the whereabouts of Santiago Maldonado, a young activist from La Plata in the state of...

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US-China Trade War and the Future International Order

The current trade war between the United States and China has become one of the defining features of this year's news cycle. Tariffs have...
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Miguel Hernando Torres Umba: “I didn’t realise the extent of the problem until I...

Plata or plomo? This is the question Miguel Hernando Torres Umba asks during his critically acclaimed production Stardust, a visceral education of the complex realities...

Remember, remember, 17th November?

As rebellions go, it was significantly less explosive than that planned by Guy Fawkes and his Catholic co-conspirators in 1605, aiming to blow up...