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Has populism peaked?

After last year, when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union and the United States elected Donald Trump as president, xenophobic nationalism was beginning to seem irresistible. Yet France has now become the biggest power to buck the ...

Probably same old, same old

I write on May 8, which means that less than a month remains until Latvia's local government election, which is on June 3.  The first thing to say is that turnout will probably be fairly dismal.  After the kind of spring that we'...

Befriending the European Court of Justice

The European Union  has just celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which gave birth to the European Economic Community and set the stage for the EU’s creation. Like any birthday, it was an opportunity not just to celebr...

Russia’s Neo-Feudal Capitalism

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is looking more and more like the sclerotic and stagnant Soviet Union of the Leonid Brezhnev era. But in one area, Putin’s regime remains an innovator: corruption. Indeed, in this, the 18th year of Putin’s...

Mutual assured deterrence

The degradation of governance within the international system is a hot topic nowadays – and for good reason. The underpinnings of the rules-based world order are crumbling, and basic norms of international behavior and decency are in decay. ...

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