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Can Australia be kicked out of Asia?

Australia has always thought of itself as a special country, they even have a mantra about being ‘the lucky country’.  This ideology has not helped Australia’s perpetual identity crisis, and has resulted in the country questioning where it belongs. Can the answer to this come from football (soccer), and is …

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It’s CO2mplicated: Outcomes of the UN Climate Summit

Last September in New York, right in the midst of fashion week, a perhaps slightly more serious gathering took place at the UN headquarters: the largest UN Climate Summit to date. Leaders from all over the world gathered to demonstrate their ambition to stop global warming. Not only by focusing …

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Popular Populism – The Success of Populist Parties Explained

Populism has existed since the dawn of politics and many historical consequences – ‘good’ and ‘bad’ – have been ascribed to it. Presently, Europe is experiencing a surge of popularity towards populist parties, often dubbed right-wing, which in turn leaves conventional parties struggling to remain in power. Ideology aside, the …

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Stumbling Towards a Brexit?

A referendum about the UK’s exit from the EU was proposed by a prime minister positive towards membership, backed by a party supporting membership and made more likely by international politicians wanting to keep the UK in the EU. Is Britain and the EU accidentally being pushed apart? The European …

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A Palestinian State: “To Be or Not To Be?”

On October 30, Sweden officially recognized the state of Palestine, becoming the first European country to do so and joining the 134 countries, mainly from the developing world that already recognized Palestine since its proclamation in Algiers in 1988. More than a symbolic step towards the Palestinian people, the Swedish …

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Burkina Faso revolution; The land of upright men on the road to democracy

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 …

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The Mediterranean Migration Crisis: How Will the EU Respond?

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 …

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Summing up the year; the left-wing wind stays alive in South America

Raffael Correa and Nícolas Maduro were elected presidents in Ecuador and Venezuela respectively during the first months of 2013. Later the same year, Michelle Bachelet followed suit in Chile. This wave of left-wing presidents continued during October 2014, with the presidential elections of Brazil, Bolivia and Uruguay. These elections meant …

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Qatar 2022: A story of blood, sweat and corruption

 #130168839 / gettyimages.com Many people were surprised when the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) announced Qatar as the host for the World Cup in football 2022. Qatar is not a big football nation; in fact it has never managed to qualify to the World Cup. During summer, which is …

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The High Representative of Everything and Nothing, The Art of Moving Mountains

On August 30th, the Italian Foreign Minister and Commission candidate, Mrs. Frederica Mogherini, was appointed High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (commonly known as simply the High Representative). Taking office on November 1st, Mrs. Mogherini faces tremendous challenges ahead. With little foreign policy experience, will …

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