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Same, Same, But Different – the Future of the Saami People

The Saami are an indigenous people who have lived in an area in the northern hemisphere referred to as Sápmi for about a thousand years. In time this area came to be divided into modern-day Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia. A debate is currently raging among the Saami, on account …

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Three Little Baltic States and The Big Bad Wolf

It goes without saying that Russia’s disputed military actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine have given Europe’s eastern states something of a scare. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been especially uneasy about Moscow’s intentions and fear that they might be next. The Baltic States are in a sensitive geographical position, …

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Belarus is sometimes regarded as Europe’s last dictatorship, though that sentiment seems a little optimistic now. Since taking power in a 1994 election on a promise to drain the Belarusian swamp, Alexander Lukashenko has turned his country into a time capsule on the edge of the continent. Western journalists periodically …

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From Russia with Love: The Nord Stream II Pipeline

While different issues within the European Union may come and go, one always remains: energy supply. Being the energy junkie that it is, the recent Russian-led gas pipeline project, Nord Stream 2, has put EU energy supply under question once more. The idea of increasing the already overwhelming energy dependency …

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Zwarte Piet – Racism or a Harmless Tradition?

Zwarte Piet, the sidekick of Sinterklaas, is a character known for bringing presents to children during annual Saint Nicholas celebration in the Netherlands from mid-November to December 5th. The character is acted out by a person dressing up in renaissance-style clothing, wearing a wig and makeup, and acting in a …

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A forgotten genocide – and why it matters today

After the 2014 winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi, Vladimir Putin announced they had been a success. When the 2014 winter Olympics started in Sochi, people gathered outside Russian embassies around the world to protest. Despite the protests, few ever heard about the Circassians, the indigenous people of the …

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Brexit and “The Irish Problem”

Carrickcarnon is not exactly the centre of the universe. It is in fact a village, boasting a population in the hundreds, located about an hour’s drive from Dublin. It generated global headlines, however, when anti-Brexit campaigners took to the streets there in early October. They were protesting against the threat …

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November Election Bonanza – 4 non-American Elections You Don’t Want to Miss

Not getting enough news about the American election on November 8? Or are you perhaps tired of all the drama surrounding it? No matter your standpoint, here are four other presidential elections taking place in November that you shouldn’t miss. Palau First out on the election schedule is the island …

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Around the Brexit Table

Since the 23rd of June, Brexit coverage has been split between the immediate socioeconomic impacts of the vote, the broken pledges of the Leave campaign, and the lionising / demonising of key negotiators. This emotive tone comes naturally to the commentariat – ‘Bremainers’ and ‘Brexiteers’ are desperate for vindication having …

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The global Italian Mafia

The existence of the Italian Mafia is common knowledge but it is perhaps a less known fact that nowadays it operates in an international scale. But, why and how it has expanded outside Italy? Do the other countries and the common people know that it operates in their states as …

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