15 August 1947: Independence or Partition?

As India turns 70 today, one cannot but help look back at the day when the country was officially decolonised. It is debatable whether a nation actually existed before 15 August 1947, but popular...
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Bolivia: Will Evo Morales cling to power thanks to a controversial Supreme Court ruling?

On 3 December, Bolivians took to the ballot boxes and the streets to express their discontent at a controversial Supreme Court (Tribunal Constitucional Plurinacional, TCP) ruling made last week. The court's decision allows incumbent...
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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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Infighting adds to Moreno’s economic woes in Ecuador

In a shock move on 3 August, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno removed Vice-President Jorge Glas from office after the latter suggested that the government had been manipulating economic figures. In a two-page presidential decree,...
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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...
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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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Spreadsheet Phil – Is Hammond a Prime Minister in waiting?

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond caused controversy this week when he said that no money would be invested in preparation for a 'no deal' situation following negotiations to leave the EU. The remarks seemingly...

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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US warns Colombia over rising cocaine production

On 13 September, US President Donald Trump shocked Colombia with a threat to “decertify” the country if it does not reverse a recent surge in cocaine production. Trump’s warning that Colombia might not be fulfilling...

Azerbaijan corruption scandal unearths wider links to UK and Europe

On 4 September, an investigation by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) uncovered a secret set of accounts tied to the Azerbaijani government. The funds are suspected of being used to launder over...

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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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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...