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Iranians from all walks of life are revolting against a regime built on the oppression of women and systematic violations of human rights. The EU should support civil society to help lay the foundation for a future that provides equality, life, and freedom for women and all Iranians.
Civil society actors around the world are grappling with competition between values systems. Rising geopolitical tensions affect international civil society and its role in this shifting global order.
The EU must build a new set of ambitious policies that treats Russia as a major threat to peace and stability in Europe, while continuing to engage with its people. A longer-term Russia strategy begins with a “Ukraine First” policy.
Financed by the EU, the construction of the Pelješac Bridge in Croatia has been a resounding success for Chinese soft power. Policymakers in Brussels should implement changes to the union’s procurement policy to avoid supporting the ambitions of its economic competitor and systemic rival.
Countries around the world are struggling to bridge the gap between citizens and political elites. Innovative practices outside the West, while far from ideal, should be considered in debates about democratic renewal in Europe.
Polls in the UK show a significant gap between the popularity of the Tories’ new leader, Rishi Sunak, and trust in the conservatives. To compete with Labour in the next election, the primer minister must overcome the voters’ deep contempt for his party.
FIFA’s decision to give Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup brought criticism—and opportunities for change. With fans’ chants for the protection of human rights getting louder, will the country and FIFA answer with long-term reforms?
Former chancellor Rishi Sunak has become the new UK prime minister. If he manages to win respect from both the voters and the markets, Labour’s current advantage in the polls may come into question.
The European Political Community aims to draw EU’s neighbors into its orbit while leaving enough room to accelerate European integration. Doubts remain over the new platform’s ability to overcome the harsh political realities that sunk similar initiatives over the years.
The big question is whether British politics has experienced an aberration or a lasting change.