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Macron set to sharpen diplomatic focus after busy 2020

  • French President Emmanuel Macron in Beirut after the port explosion, Lebanon, August 6, 2020. (Reuters) Amid the unprecedented uncertainty in global affairs of the last year, the marked rebirth of French diplomacy — through a series of frenzied overseas efforts — has been a strik...
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Macron’s reform agenda in dire straits

  • As a politician who came to power on a ticket of hope and change, French President Emmanuel Macron’s reform agenda is in dire straits. Once the darling of the young and liberals, his party is increasingly recognized as now being right of center. In the midst of a scandal concerning one of his a...
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Maghreb countries must take this opportunity to unite

  • Representatives of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), Rabat, February 18, 2012. (Reuters) Aside from the ties of heritage, religion and language that group the Maghreb countries, another more important reality binds them: Insufficient growth to alleviate youth unemployment. The A...
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Make-or-break week as Boris edges closer to Brexit deal

  • EU negotiators recently haughtily rubbished the idea of talks with the UK taking place over the weekend. They argued that, in the absence of serious negotiations, there was no justification to breach their sacred European working week. It seems, however, that there has been a realization that t...
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Middle East on the cusp of a renaissance 

  • As the Hundred Years’ War ravaged on, a movement took hold in the city-states of Italy that grew to become a renaissance in artistic, cultural and religious thinking. In Florence, the preeminent Medici family lent its patronage to this movement, which profoundly affected European intellectual...
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Military exercises bring regional defense to the fore

  • Since the British withdrawal from the Gulf in the early 1970s, regional security has been maintained by the US military juggernaut. With bases in five of the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the US has used them as convenient platforms from which to conduct operatio...
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Modi and BJP ignoring India’s history of tolerance

  • To the international community, Narendra Modi is the slightly built, traditionally dressed vegetarian and almost timid figure representing the world’s largest democracy. Many would venture that the greying statesman perfectly represents the immense wisdom of one of the world’s oldest civilizati...
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Morocco-Israel deal has wide-ranging benefits

  • The late King Hassan II was indefatigable in his efforts in three main policy areas: Morocco’s claim over the Western Sahara, seeking a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and his kingdom’s relationship with the US. The three issues have continued to characterize Moroccan foreign ...
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Morocco’s language lesson to boost prosperity

  • Of the many indicators used to measure a country’s prospects for development, perhaps the most overlooked is that of language. Across the world, governments looking to secure competitive advantages are facing critical decisions about linguistic policies. This is nowhere more so than in Morocc...
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Mugabe could have resigned an African icon

  • “Iwe nene tine basa” (“you and I have work to do”) was the independence slogan the nonagenarian former president of Zimbabwe called out amid last weekend’s silent coup. In many respects, the old cry was indicative of the chasm that had developed between president and people: On one side a...
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