Last week, the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations, the G20, came together in Hamburg. At the summit, the atmosphere was tense: Pro-globalization leaders like the German chancellor Angela Merkel were meeting their anti-globalist, autocratic counterparts such as US president Donald Trump. But it wasn’t only the summit itself that was tense. In Hamburg,…

Last October, the Lebanese parliament elected a new president ending a two-and-a-half-year power vacuum that had crippled the functioning of the government. Just over six months later, Lebanon was drifting into yet another political crisis that could leave the country without a functioning parliament. Fortunately last month, the country’s cabinet approved a new electoral law,…

A prerequisite for democracy is the freedom of speech and expression. Even though this is widely acknowledged, we sometimes forget the whole picture. The representation of all groups in a society is not only important for the conversation climate and true democracy, but also to acknowledge everyone’s equal worth. To draw conclusions that are well-founded…

Singapore has been hit by political scandal. Yes, that clean, quiet, stable, protest-free city state; the one that’s supposedly good for business because there’s no political unrest and no independent trade unions. That Singapore. Yet, if you listened to the media here, you’d hardly guess it. The siblings of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have…

While travelling abroad and attending international events, I’ve encountered a range of different views about the Catalan independence process. Many are well-informed and sympathetic, however a few compare Catalonia’s   with other struggles for independence – that may seem similar at first, but which are in fact  completely different –  and find that reason enough to…