Protests in Belarus: is Change Possible?

On August 9 Belarus held its Presidential elections. The first and only President of Belarus, Aliaksandr Lukashenka, claims to have won these elections with an 80% vote share against 10% for opposition candidate Tsikhanouskaya. Due to an (even for Belarus!)…

Cancel Culture in Economics?

In the rise of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests all over the globe, a great number of statues have been torn down or destroyed. From Edward Colston over Christopher Columbus to Winston Churchill, a wide range of historical figures have…

Democracy in Turkey – After all this time? Always…

Upon the municipal re-election of Istanbul, in which the main opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu won a landslide victory following the cancellation of the first one, following absurd allegations over the legitimacy of the first election in Istanbul by Erdogan’s Justice…

On Brussels: All Eyes on Poland

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here. On 28 June, the EU got to enjoy a rare moment of optimism. Poland’s ultra-conservative head of state Andrzej Duda failed to secure an outright win in the first round of the country’s…

Learning about Civic Spaces — Online?!

Usually, Shrinking Civic Spaces seem like the perfect seminar topic to discuss on the ground — to visit said spaces and meet people in person. IFLRY was all set to do that, but then Covid-19 hit. The pandemic forced the…

What our Colonial Past Teaches us about Privilege

This article is probably one of the most challenging ones I have ever written. The killing of George Floyd at the end of May made me speechless. Seeing pictures of a man, desperately begging for help, fighting for his life,…

On Brussels: Europe Reopens, and Agonises over Israel

Find Luke‘s other articless On Brussels here. Europe is reopening. The world’s largest common market and borderless travel area is starting to return to pre-Covid times. There are hopes that the summer tourist trade could yet recover, kick-starting the economic…

How Poor Countries Pay for the EU’s Agricultural Policy

EU agricultural subsidies are not just expensive and distort the internal market, they also have far-reaching effects on developing countries. How do African farmers feel about the fact that the EU subsidises its farmers and exports their products to Africa?…