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At the end of July, the streets of Warsaw and other Polish cities again witnessed a wave of protests against reforms drafted by the incumbent, right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS). This time, the subject...
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Colombian election: Who are the candidates and what are they saying?

On Sunday 27 May, Colombians will head to the polls for first round of the country’s presidential election. It will be an historic moment, as the first presidential election in more than fifty years held...
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For all the posters and placards that clutter every German city, it’s hard for many Germans to be entirely enthusiastic about this election. A year or so ago, there were doubts about Angela Merkel’s chances...
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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...

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Yet another twist in the ever-thickening plot of Venezuela’s ongoing crisis has cast fresh doubt on the country’s ability to put an end to its downward spiral. A formal message from the Vatican has...

Chile to relax Pinochet-era abortion ban

After deliberating all night, the Constitutional Court of Chile (TCC) ruled on Tuesday that new legislation allowing abortion in three cases – danger to the mother’s life, an unviable foetus or rape – is...
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Could March’s election see Italy leave the euro?

A 19 year old Italian would have been the same age as the euro when Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president dissolved parliament to call an election on the 28 December. As the upcoming general election...

Gauri Lankesh: Where next for Indian journalism?

On 5 September 2017, Gauri Lankesh, one of the most prominent and outspoken journalists in modern India was shot and killed outside her home. Three men, who are yet to be identified, fled the...
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The chancellor Philip Hammond released the first Budget of the new parliament on Wednesday, pledging to resolve the gaping issues in the UK’s housing market. The first budget of a parliament is often an opportunity...
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Will the EU expand into the Western Balkans?

Within the EU, 2017 has been a year of tense elections and ambitious speeches, with key figures calling for EU reform and setting out their own visions of the future. The Western Balkans (Albania,...

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