As 16-year old Bob Salat sweats through revision work in preparation for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exam a few months away, his friend Chris ...
Aug, 21
Why Tram Number 7 is the best way to discover Brussels

When you take tram number 7 south towards Vanderkinderen from Louis Bertrand, you will pass the houses of famous Belgians, multiple reminders of World War Two, and Brussels’ (possibly Europe’s) largest urban green space.  As you speed south on the tram, on your left is the preciously named Quartier des Fleurs (“Bloomsbury” might be the […]

Tuesday, 20, August 2019
What can China learn from Israel?

China has achieved tremendous economic success in the past few decades, but its extensive growth relied mainly on resources, capital, and cheap labour. However, this growth model is no longer competent. There is an urgent need for a development model based on technological innovation to continue supporting growth after the outbreak of U.S.-China trade war. […]

Friday, 16, August 2019
What is wrong with the British left?

The two of us were sitting rather awkwardly on small, uncomfortable, metal, foldable chairs. The location was a function room of a local club in Manchester, in the north west of England. We had both gone there to attend our first meeting at our local constituency Labour party, the base of local left wing party […]

Friday, 16, August 2019
The European Stale Mate on the Balkan Question

The EU finds itself at a critical strategic juncture point about how to address the integration of Balkan countries. The date set for July accession talks for Albania and Northern Macedonia, upon acceptance of the Council on the Commission’s proposal, has already passed, and the EU has postponed them to October at best. However, the […]

Friday, 16, August 2019
Why the EU’s position on Hong Kong’s extradition bill lacks credibility

In the past two months, social unrest caused by the now shelved extradition bill has become a fact of everyday life in Hong Kong. Had it been passed, the bill would have introduced legislative amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance allowing extradition of suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China, which was previously not possible. […]

Thursday, 15, August 2019
The Fine Art of Fraud

Last Friday, 17 Goldman Sachs bankers were hit with fresh criminal charges in the titanic 1MDB scandal, through which billions of dollars were allegedly embezzled from a Malaysian state development fund. The latest bankers indicted comprised some of Goldman’s highest-profile European employees—including its most senior London-based executive—striking a blow to Goldman’s argument that any wrongdoing was the work of a single […]

Thursday, 15, August 2019