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Turkey: A House Divided

Polarization The Commission is correct, therefore, when it concludes that a divisive political climate prevails, including a polarizing tone towards citizens, civil society organizations and businesses. This conclusion is reinforced by the observation that work on political reform is hampered … Continue reading

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Merkel’s party wins German election with 41.5%, no absolute majority

Merkel secured herself a third term and led the conservatives to their best result in more than 20 years. However, the CDU’s junior coalition allies – the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) – received only 4.8 percent, which is below the … Continue reading

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New UN report calls for transformation in agriculture

Transformative changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems in order to increase diversity on farms, reduce our use of fertilizer and other inputs, support small-scale farmers and create strong local food systems. That’s the conclusion of a … Continue reading

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Random Moments in Collectivist History: Ukrainian Starvation

The dreadful famine that engulfed Ukraine, the northern Caucasus, and the lower Volga River area in 1932-1933 was the result of the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin’s policy of forced collectivization. The heaviest losses occurred in Ukraine, which had been the … Continue reading

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Angela Merkel under threat from anti-European Union party which wants to repatriate powers from Brussels

That could spell trouble for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has headed up the ruling coalition between her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and the smaller Free Democratic Party (FDP) since she first came to power in 2005. And support for … Continue reading

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