Italians First, Migrants Second?

Since the commencement of the 5 Stars Movement-Northern League coalition government following the Italian general election on the 4th April 2018, Italy has witnessed an alarming increase in physical and verbal attacks against migrants, Italian black citizens, and shelters and individuals offering support to refugees. To simply play the ¨ignorance

The Fragile State Of American Tolerance

The United States is many things, an ‘economic powerhouse,’ a military superpower, a global engine of technological development, and is considered as one of the oldest Liberal Democracies in the world. Despite all this glory the US is a state that was founded on land stolen from its indigenous population.

Macedonia’s Identity Crisis

On 30th September 2018, Macedonians went to the polls for a historic referendum: should they officially rename their country to the Republic of North Macedonia? Over 90% voted in favour, but only about a third of voters turned out, making the result void. Nevertheless, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has declared

Liberté, Egalité, Mbappé: How France’s World Cup Success Highlights its Urban “Territorial Apartheid”

‘Ghetto’ isn’t a word readily associated with the South of France. However, fifteen minutes’ walk from the super yachts, Michelin-starred restaurants and jewellery stores of Marseille’s Vieux-Port is Félix-Pyat, Marseille’s ghetto and France’s poorest district. Félix-Pyat’s residents are relatively homogenous, with low levels of education and healthcare and high rates

NAFTA: Deal or No Deal?

Since taking office, revising American free trade agreements has been a top priority for President Trump and his “America First”-agenda. Living up to his election promises in 2016, President Trump informed Congress in August 2017 that he would renegotiate “the worst trade deal ever signed, anywhere” – namely the North

Budapest and Brussels: more distant than ever after the 2018 Hungarian election

Close to midnight on April the 8th of 2018 in Budapest, after near-complete results, Viktor Orban, the current Prime Minister of Hungary and head of the political party FIDESZ, claimed his victory. He will again be in office for the next four years, after winning the national election in Hungary

“Not my circus, not my monkeys”: Poland’s illiberal turn

There is a saying in Poland that goes “Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy”, which translates to “Not my circus, not my monkeys”. As a Polish citizen having lived abroad for most of my life, this mindset has been quite appealing in light of recent developments in the country. It’s

Is Rwanda Africa’s “post-conflict” success story? 

Twenty-three years ago, Rwanda was on its knees. The economy was a wreck with most of the country’s facilities and services non-existent, in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide against the ethnic group Tutsi. Economists, historians and theorists wrote off the country and predicted it would become just another failed