Tag: Global Affairs

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Rishi Patel

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (find out what it means for Labour.)

He’s less glamourous. He’s certainly quieter. But last month, a new voice gave Aretha a run for her money by calling for a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t. The people of Germany listened. Olaf Scholz, Germany’s new Social Democrat Chancellor and leader of a new governing coalition, defied expectations with his methodical and

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A voter behind a screen in Bosnia and Hezegovina's 2016 general election
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Nedim Hogić

Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Case of Outsourced Politics?

The first essay in Progressive Britain’s new ‘Spotlight on the Western Balkans’ series. Following Bosnian politics can be a daunting task. The country is stuck in a vicious cycle that can make events appear repetitive without any clear possibility for change – at least without the intervention of external actors.

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Fort in the bay of Kotor, Montenegro
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Milica Delevic

Why “groundhog day” in the Western Balkans is bad news for Europe

Milica Delevic introduces Progressive Britain’s new ‘Spotlight on the Western Balkans’ series. After having been a major focus throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the countries of the Western Balkans (that is to say, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) have largely dropped off the

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Roh Yakobi

Britain must stop betraying refugees

The news yesterday of twenty-nine refugees drowning while trying to cross the Channel off Calais, in inflatable dinghies, to Britain, made me feel numb. It made me think of the victims, their hopes, and their last moments of struggle, and of their families who will never hear from them. But

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Inigo Herrera

The surprising challenges of spending free money

Governments need to consult the private sector to bring about the best in public-private innovation partnerships This was what Europeans had been dreaming about. The COVID pandemic, with all the misery it brought to millions of people, seemed to provoke an unprecedent response from EU bureaucrats and politicians, one which

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Esther Brown

Yellow Squares, Green Circles? Germany’s Coalition Kingmakers

Esther Brown and Marius S. Ostrowski After four successive election victories by outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, this year’s German election has created a political situation marked by an unfamiliar degree of uncertainty. What is clear from the results so far is that there are four parties in the running to

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John O Brennan

Bulgarian politics

Bulgaria faces prospect of third parliamentary election as uncertainty dominates Bulgaria appears to be heading for a third general election in a matter of months, after the second inconclusive parliamentary contest of the year, held on Sunday 11 July. The result, however, does seem to confirm the end of the

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