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Disaffected voters are the target of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s new political movement – the Popular Front. As leader of the organisation, he is distancing himself from the tarnished reputation of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party and will try to sweeten the mood of the angry, vocal new middle class – critically those in Moscow. Popular Front will create...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Pakistan, with newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the helm, has sparked global optimism that he will steer the nation’s economy out of the doldrums and so revive investor confidence in a country of 180 million. Already Mr Sharif has indicated he intends to do business with Pakistan’s historic ally China. But less clear is how the Sharif government plans t...
Francois Hollande's resounding victory heralds the first step towards change for both France and Europe. Mr Hollande, the man who has never held government office, plans to set France on a path to reclaim influence over the direction of Europe. But with change comes uncertainty both for France and for Europe.
Dr. Emmanuel Martin
Are the two French presidential frontrunners, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande confronting the real issues of their country as they head, almost neck and neck, towards the first round of France's presidential elections on April 22? It is questionable, writes GIS expert Dr Emmanuel Martin, who examines the pledges of each candidate as the election campaign offi...
The liberal voice of Russia is making itself heard – loudly on the streets of major cities and on the internet. Its call is for honest elections and accountability in government. But with the presidential elections on Sunday, March 4, providing an opportunity for the nation to turn its back on the main contender Vladimir Putin – is Russia’s middle class liberal voi...