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    In this nightmare vision of cats in revolt, fifteen-year-old Alex and his friends set out on a diabolical orgy of robbery, rape, torture and murder. Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the State tries to reform him - but at what cost?

    Issue #17 Progressive Post

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The EU finds itself increasingly compressed between intensifying global rivalries, while global issues urging collective responses and multilateral solutions continue to unfold. Global topics and the European Union's approach to them are at the core of this Autumn issue of the Progressive Post.

The EU’s search for strategic autonomyrelations between Europe and its most important ally, the United States, and the recent COP26 that failed to bring any real breakthrough are among the international topics tackled. On the domestic side, the Progressive Post offers a frank analysis of the gloomy situation of progressive parties in central and eastern Europe.

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