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Disabilities attacks in Italy….Stay tuned

By Laura Coccia / 24 January, 2019

Maybe we cannot yet speak of an emergency, but the attacks that some members of the new Italian populist government have reserved for disability cannot fail to cause concern.   Let’s start from the beginning. The decision to propose for the first time a Ministry of the Family and Disability...

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All Bolsonaro’s Men

By Filipe Vasconcelos Romao / 10 January, 2019

The election of Jair Bolsonaro is a product of the crisis and the perception of the population regarding corruption. However, its support base is heterogeneous and contradictory, which puts Brazil in even greater uncertainty.   Brazil is currently experiencing the most dramatic period of its three decades of democracy. The...

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The future of the left in Brazil

By Monica Valente / 9 January, 2019

The recent elections in Brazil took place against the background of a widespread anti-politics, anti-PT and anti-system feeling. In this particular context, Jair Bolsonaro manage to style himself as a anti-system maverik candidate – while he benefited at the same time form the support by such traditionally conservative institutions as...

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Jair Bolsonaro, a challenge for the European Union

By Elena Lazarou / 8 January, 2019

The election of Jair Bolsonaro as the next President of Brazil is the latest in a series of victories for right-wing populist candidates across the world. Like many of the leaders he is compared to, Bolsonaro based his campaign on security-driven nationalistic discourse combined with a rejection of the so...

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A Progressive Response to Unilateral Protectionism: Good Trade

By Arancha Gonzalez / 28 October, 2018

Progressives have long had mixed feelings about globalisation. The reasons for this are understandable: progressives support the equality of opportunities and they fight excessive inequality. International trade and market openings do not necessarily lead to inequality, but they do, by definition, have uneven effects.   While trade makes countries richer...

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Trade Wars are not inevitable

By Geoffrey Harris / 28 October, 2018

Following the G7 fiasco in Canada, the US has followed up on its threats to put tariffs on many Chinese exports. The EU faces a complex challenge to come up with a coherent trade strategy in the face of policies and practices of the other two global economic powers. It...

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Belts, roads and regions: mapping imaginations

By C. Cindy Fan / 18 June, 2018

Spatial representations such as maps are instrumental to understanding and interpreting China’s policies. Official maps are available for some policies, while researchers and observers have also created their own spatial representations of policies. Either way, spatial visualisations help to translate policies into potential impacts on people and places and to...

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President Trump’s reckless decision requires a clear answer

By Knut Fleckenstein / 8 June, 2018

With his unnecessary decision to unilaterally leave the Iran nuclear deal, US President Donald Trump showed that he has no will to maintain a common policy with his allies.   On May 8 US president Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive...

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Iran’s Leadership After Trump Abandons The JCPOA

By Reza Marashi / 8 June, 2018

With Donald Trump abandoning the JCPOA, all eyes are now on Tehran. How will Trump’s unilateralism affect the balance of power in Iranian politics? As America seeks to re-impose sanctions, conventional wisdom presumes that Hassan Rouhani and his team are now marginalized. However, declarations of their demise are premature and...

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BRI : Making the Belt and Road Initiative a Two-Way Street

By Vassilis Ntousas / 8 June, 2018

For a city like Brussels, which is used to institutional and diplomatic wrangling, a report leaked to the German daily Handelsblatt some weeks ago that focuses on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), caught many in Brussels by surprise.   According to the newspaper, the European Union’s 27 ambassadors to...

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