Media in Russia: A Closed Circuit

by Anton Palladin Despite government claims to the contrary, the media in Russia is deceptively and decidedly pro-government. Frequent cases of disinformation, self-censorship and killings of journalists characterize the Russian media space. Nevertheless, by presenting Russia in a consistently positive light, state media arms adroitly mask such bias. Because many uneducated Russians cannot access wider…

The Winds of Change in South America

by Maria-Jose Alvear For more than fifteen years, extreme left-wing governments have ruled several countries in South America in an attempt to combat extreme inequality, poverty and concentration of income. Recently, however, an inadequate management of the economy has caused recessions and social unrest in countries run by populist administrations. The outcomes of two important…

Syria and the Embattled Pound

by Jamie Lee-Brown Yet another front has opened up in the Syrian War. The conflict’s latest casualty — the Syrian Pound — is creating a division in the rebel-held north around Aleppo. The din of opposition voices calling for the adoption of the Turkish Lira in place of the embattled Pound is growing increasingly audible.…

L’Union Européenne ou l’optimisme : Les déboires du Partenariat Oriental

by Viktoria Holler et Mahault Piéchaud-Boura Comme Candide dans le comte philosophique de Voltaire, l’Union pleine d’optimisme a décidé d’élargir ses horizons. En 2003, elle lance la Politique Européenne de Voisinage pour établir un « cercle d’amis » promouvant la stabilité et la prospérité, et permettant aux pays concernés un rapprochement avec l’Union européenne. Cette politique se…

Generation Europe: Nail your colours to the mast

by Catherine Lankes The very foundation of the European Union is crumbling, and we are partly to blame. We, the young Europeans, for whom passport controls along the Austrian-German border are a distant memory of the past. We, the EU’s twenty-somethings, who spend the Union’s money on cheap wine during our Erasmus exchange semesters. We,…