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Turkey’s Elections

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere

On 24 June, both presidential and parliamentary elections will take place in Turkey. With less than two months to go, the country is in campaign mood. The discussions range from the candidates, the election alliances, strategies and agendas, as if Turkey were still a country with fair elections.


Relaunching French –a very messy business

By Alessio Colonnelli

By 2050, Africa will be home to 85% of all French-speakers. Consider: more people speak French in Kinshasa, Congo's capital city, than in Paris.

Who is the winner in post-ISIS Syria?

By Seyed Ali Alavi

ISIS may have been defeated, but the battle for Syria's political soul is far from over.

The Queen rules the Commonwealth!

By L K Sharma

Many epithets have been used to run down the Commonwealth. The London summit may even be called the Commonwealth Games II…

Russia haunts the western imagination

By Ivan Krastev

The dividing line between authoritarian Russia and liberal democracies is growing ever thinner.

Arts & Culture

Baudelaire’s Parisian Scenes

By Daniel Finch-Race

Charles Baudelaire's poetic masterpiece, Les Fleurs du mal, underwent extensive reworking between 1857 and 1868, as did the French capital in which he was writing. Daniel Finch-Race explores the ecopoetic ...

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Travel Writing

Across the Namibian Desert

Accompanying us each day was the sun's flaming orb, rising each morning and setting each night - an unvarying ball ...

Travel Writing

Istanbul: The City of Four Seasons

"Istanbul is a city defined by water because its parts are separated by water. But the Bosporus is not merely ...

Political Tours

Political Tours