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Youth is the answer to the EU’s troubling voter turnout rate

May 29, 2014

MJC–Dr Marie Julie Chenard is Deputy Head of the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS and Academic Officer for the Dahrendorf Symposium Project at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The opinions expressed are her own.–

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From hope to horror in Tiananmen Square

May 29, 2014

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On Changan Avenue, a solitary man faces the forces of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Tiananmen Square after the army stormed the square and the surrounding area the night before. This is near the location a day later where "Tank Man" confronted and momentarily halted a column of the army's tanks leaving the square. (Alan Chin)

Italy – the new good man of Europe

May 28, 2014

Up until Monday, Italy used to be known as the sick man of Europe. It has huge debts, sclerotic growth and had been ruled by a billionaire prone to a bunga-bunga parties. It was at risk of becoming the laughing stock of the currency bloc. The relationship in recent years between Italy and Germany has been dreadful. But could things be about to change?

Scepticism about the state runs deep

May 28, 2014

–Sheila Lawlor is Director of the London think tank, Politeia. The opinions expressed are her own.–

Why Antwerp is under threat as the world’s diamond trading centre

May 27, 2014

–Vashi Dominguez is the founder of Vashi.com. The opinions expressed are his own.–

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Meet the Tea Party — European edition

May 27, 2014

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Europe finally has its own Tea Party. Or something like it.

Last weekend, citizens of 21 nations elected members of a new European parliament. The result? An outpouring of rage.

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Poland’s example may offer Ukraine a way out

May 23, 2014

FORMER POLISH PRESIDENT AND SOLIDARITY FOUNDING LEADER LECH WALESA SHOWS V-SIGN IN 1989.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991, Ukraine has tried -- and repeatedly failed -- to transform itself into a stable, prosperous democracy. The presidential elections on Sunday, May 25 offers another opportunity to make that happen, for Ukraine to come out from Russia’s shadow and the shadow of its own corrupt post-Soviet limping economy.

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Secrecy’s out, so here’s what Swiss banks can still offer

May 22, 2014

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If Swiss banks were to cast off their usual discretion and make a marketing pitch these days, it might start off something like this:

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Europe is under siege from both the left and right

May 22, 2014

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Elections will begin on Thursday across the 28 European Union member states to elect national representatives to the European Parliament, which regulates trade, borders and some elements of foreign policy. Though this is a continent-wide election, voters historically use it to send a message to their own nation’s governing party. With the meteoric rise of anti-European populism on the political left and right, however, things promise to buck that trend this time.

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Fires in Vietnam could ultimately burn Beijing

May 16, 2014

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The spilling of blood and burning of factories by anti-Chinese rioters sweeping across Vietnam reinforces Beijing’s message to other countries claiming territory in the South China Sea: resistance is costly and ultimately futile.