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Democracy: Is this the best we can do?

I have met several people that have argued that the only alternative to democracy is a dictatorship. This sort of narrow-minded view has been fed to us through our education system and through the media, which makes it very difficult

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The European Union: what is behind it?

What is the European Union, apart from the most recent Nobel Peace Prize winner? If you ask most Spaniards on the street, you will find yourselves in front of a fervent europhile, praising the wonders and successes of the European

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Fishing: Who gets caught?

This week the European parliament are discussing the renewal of the Common Fisheries Policy. Basically the agreement between European Union members on fishing quotas for the next years. I will not extend myself on this post, but basically the problem

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Constitutions: Where does the interest lay? What for?

Constitutions made by governments, whether at the foundation of a state or due to changes in types of government, to seal agreements and settle possible disputes are all instruments that we have learnt to admire and profess. Constitutions differ from

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Never ending conflicts: Who really cares?

Recently the conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has increased in intensity with the taking of the city of Goma by the M23 rebels. Most people would say: “oh, these people, they just cannot manage can

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Free Trade Agreements, the new post-colonialism

Taking the opportunity of the FTA signing between the European Union and Colombia and Peru, I will speak about the Free Trade Agreements. FTAs are agreements between countries and/or economic areas based on free trade. The underlying intention of such

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What is wrong with this world?

What is wrong with this world? Firstly, there are as many answers as people in this world. A savy banker in London and a Somali woman in a refugee camp in Ethiopia will never say the same, but most people

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