Politics

A Heated French Presidential Election

The French presidential election has been full of surprises—from former Prime Minister Manuel Valls’s failed Socialist primary bid to the financial scandal plaguing the campaign of François Fillon, the center-right candidate. No one has benefitted from these surprises more than Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, where a win of the extreme right wing candidate is looming over the bond markets. 

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Donald Trump's Presidency has Begun

Donald Trump has begun his presidency with a series of policy interventions, taking aim at Barack Obama’s signature healthcare policy, raising the prospect of a new US missile defence system and ushering in a new period of American protectionism. His presidency is likely to bring big policy shifts across several key aspects of American life. 

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The Return of Nostalgic Nationalism

Last year, president-elect Donald Trump vowed to make America great again by setting new global trends. However, long before his rise to power, China, Russia and Turkey had already established the fashion for nostalgic nationalism, a movement which will continue in 2017.

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Escalation of Violence in Congo

Antigovernment protests flared in Congo after Joseph Kabila reshuffled his government to bolster his bid to remain president until scheduled elections in 2018.  He formed an expanded 65-member cabinet headed by opposition-leaning Samy Badibanga as prime minister. 

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