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Pipeline dispute exposes Iraqi-Turkish tensions

  • A year since Ankara stopped important repairs and operations on the Iraq-Turkiye oil pipeline, Iraq’s Ministry of Oil last week accused foreign oil companies with a presence in Iraqi Kurdistan of interfering in internal Iraqi affairs. Less than a month after the Association of the Petroleum Ind...
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Macron’s rightward shift is not without its risks

  • Having chosen to focus on foreign policy since the beginning of his beleaguered second term, French President Emmanuel Macron has become increasingly beholden to right-wing sentiment due to his failure to win a parliamentary majority. The centrism and pan-Europeanism of his initial term has bee...
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France escapes a further downgrade but economic forecast is bleak

  • The Financial Times in March claimed that France was “becoming the new Britain,” riding the wave of international business relocations and free market reforms that were underway. As foreign direct investment into Paris climbed above those going into other European capitals, it seemed that Franc...
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Macron must cede some power if he is to save French democracy

  • In 1958, Charles de Gaulle heaved himself out of retirement to bring France’s fractured politics under control. With it, the French people, who overwhelmingly voted for his constitutional changes, ushered in the markedly presidential Fifth Republic. This system, often compared to a monarchy d...
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Race riots the latest evidence of Tunisia's malaise

  • With a cult of personality taking shape, parliament’s back broken and a neutered political opposition, Kais Saied’s Tunisia is a world away from the one that gave birth to the Jasmine Revolution in 2011. Home to what had once been the only successful transition of power to democracy following ...
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France pension reforms: Emmanuel Macron forced to take on French protesters once again

  • The last time President Emmanuel Macron tried to cut back on the French state’s huge public spending bills, he faced weeks of disruptive and frequently violent protests. Having first advocated for economic justice, the protest movement spread to call for wider political reforms. Ambitious thoug...
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Fatigued reformer Macron reined in by rivals

  • Having emerged from relative political obscurity in 2017, Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche! movement set out to lead a transformation of France’s institutions and to address the inefficiencies of its burdensome state. Almost immediately after taking office, the fresh-faced reformer who chose to side...
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Le Pen and Macron seek to polarize French society for electoral edge

  • The “home run” that Emmanuel Macron supporters stated that the war in Ukraine would give his electoral chances was not as clear cut following last week’s first round. With a vote result of 27 percent, closely followed by the far right Marine Le Pen at 24 percent and the leftist Jean-Luc Melench...
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Fraudsters blur divisions between art, property and digital assets in the online age

  • Around 330 million people are victims of online crime every year, a number so significant that the amount spent on fraud detection is expected to jump to $129 billion around the world this year. The rise of cryptocurrencies has exacerbated this problem, and last year crypto criminals stole a r...
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Zemmour a symptom of France’s political malaise

  • French employers “have the right to refuse Arabs or blacks” and “all Muslims, whether they say it or not, consider (Islamist terrorists) to be ‘good Muslims’” — these wild assertions are not from the chat room of a far-right website, they are the public statements for which French presidential ...
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