Lately, the European commission has been preparing two highly controversial anti-monopoly cases. Not only the silicon valley giant Google is under investigation, but also the North Pole giant Santa Claus. The European commission will investigate the allegations presented by Christkind and The Three Kings that allegedly reveal the dark side of Santa. The complaints focus on the way Santa’s collaboration with Coca-Cola has monopolised the advertising world. Moreover, the claims also suggest that the different names used by Santa over the years, such as Saint Nicholas, Jultomten and others, might have been used for tax-evasion purposes. The European commission is committed to look into Santa’s corporate tax arrangements in order to eliminate any traces of suspicion. Santa has so far declined to make any public statements.
As a landlocked country with few natural resources, the West African nation of Burkina Faso has struggled in many aspects since its independence from France in 1960. Political turmoil characterized Burkina Faso in its early years of independence. Although the nation has been relatively stable since the 1980s, this October the country was shaken by a huge popular uprising. What lead the people to take to the streets and where does the country stand today?
In 2014, over 3,000 people have died in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the International Organisation for Migration. Violence in Syria, Eritrea and Libya has contributed to the rise in migrants attempting to reach Europe’s borders from Africa and the Middle East. Many people turn to illegal smugglers who often extort passengers, overload flimsy boats, and even capsize ships deliberately. The increase in sea crossings (over 100,000 people have reached Italy this year) is thought to be a result of stricter border control policies on land, including the fences and border guards that mark the Turkish borders with Greece and Bulgaria.