Macedonian politics: an explainer

FIEKE SNIJDER & SAMANTHA DIXON The Colourful Revolution targeting government buildings  was one of the more unique forms of protests in recent years. IMAGE: Fieke Snijder A legion of political issues have plagued one of Europe’s smallest states for over a decade. Stalemates, scandals, and international rivalries have stagnated the country for two years. But,…

Euro falls as Le Pen rises

A smiling Marine Le Pen enters through the double doors into an ocean of French flags, waving tirelessly. Greeting supporters and shaking hands, reminiscent of a celebrity, the ‘France First’ candidate follows the gestures of men in suits to take her place on the stage. Le Pen waits, arms spread wide in the air, an…

Going soft on thinking hard: the global power struggle

The United States and European Union are allied, yet locked in an uneasy power play for the last century. While the US has traditionally employed a strong focus on military to reach its goals, Europe has conventionally used a softer approach. But with a shaken political climate post-Trump inauguration and pre-Brexit, a combined tactic may…

The under-slumdog: India’s power quest

The ultimate Asian-power shakeup could be on the horizon if India can sustain its current economic path. However, this could be more difficult than expected. Samantha Dixon As the dawn sun rises over the slums of Dharavi, a seething slum in the heart of Mumbai, the noiseless maze of lanes that crawl through the carelessly…