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Xi’s visits to inject new impetus into China-Europe ties

Xi’s visits to inject new impetus into China-Europe ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to Spain and Portugal, respectively scheduled for Nov. 27 to 29, and for Dec. 4 to 5. His state visit to Spain will be the first visit in 13 years for a Chinese head of state, and that to Portugal the first in 8 years. It is […]

A Populist Wind is Blowing on Italy

A Populist Wind is Blowing on Italy

On March 2018, during the last general election, Italy elected a populist government. With the law professor Giuseppe Conte as the head of the coalition cabinet, the far-right League (1989) led by Matteo Salvini and the post-ideological Five Star Movement (2005) led by Luigi Di Maio are running the country. The two parties competed separately […]

Populism Invading Societies: the Role of Media

Populism Invading Societies: the Role of Media

Populism has been known since politics started their misuse of people; using the rhetorical abilities and content of their speeches to move flocks, assuring a full obedience of “citizens” to a single leader, a single system or a single authority. While it is some sort of a fake democracy collecting its fans, populism does have […]

Asia and Europe in a New Era of Great-Power Rivalry

Asia and Europe in a New Era of Great-Power Rivalry

In the post-Cold War era, economic growth, multilateralism and increased connectivity have marginalized the security agenda in both Asia and Europe. In 1994, Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong launched the idea of an Asia-Europe Meeting as a platform for dialogue between Asia and Europe, and it was only fitting that the “New Comprehensive Asia-Europe […]

Gazprom’s daily gas exports to Europe at all-time high

Gazprom’s daily gas exports to Europe at all-time high

Russia’s Gazprom said on October 21 that natural gas exports to Europe have reached the daily all-time high of 590 million cubic metres, Vestnik Kavkaza reports. According to company’s Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller, this is 2,2 million cubic metres more than the previous record, reached on Oct 20.

Syrian actors in a play about refugees’ love of life

Syrian actors in a play about refugees’ love of life

In a one-act play of tragedy and comedy, six Syrian actors are huddled in a small vessel headed for Europe on a “Love Boat” journey to escape the conflict that has ravaged their homeland. The vessel mounted on a stage in the Jordanian capital, breaks what its director calls the “three biggest taboos in Arab […]

An online platform to debunk refugees “crimes”

An online platform to debunk refugees “crimes”

Developer Lutz Helm and Karolin Schwarz launched last week “Hoaxmap,” an online platform that allows people to separate fact from fiction by debunking false rumours about supposed crimes committed by refugees across Europe. According to AlJazeera, the platform will “use an interactive system of popping dots, as the map documents and categorises where those “crimes” […]

Sweden and Finland plan to deport thousands of migrants

Sweden and Finland plan to deport thousands of migrants

Finland joined Sweden on Thursday in announcing plans to deport tens of thousands of failed asylum seekers in a bid to contain the migrant crisis. As at least 31 more people died attempting to reach the European Union, the two Nordic countries are both struggling to cope with an influx of refugees and migrants fleeing misery […]

Female refugees face exploitation in Greece

Female refugees face exploitation in Greece

In a recent Al Jazeera report, they focused on the lives of female refugees and the hardships they face as they travel from Turkey to Greece, as female refugees face sexual exploitation while children are vulnerable to kidnapping. Their report features Samira, 32-year-old, who traveled from Morocco, to Greece. When Samira reached the island of Lesbos, she discovered that her […]

Polish art: Enduring soul of the past

Polish art: Enduring soul of the past

Jan Matejko once said, “Art is a weapon of sorts; one ought not to separate art from the love of one’s homeland.” Though his words might seem hard to accept in our modern age, but they express the true nature of Poland’s art history. Poland went through civil wars, invasions, and the country was divided […]

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