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Immigration Politics

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Monday, 27 March 2017 09:04

Few contemporary issues are more controversial than immigration. It emerged as a top issue in the 2016 US presidential election campaign. It was a driving force behind Brexit and the desire to restrict entry into the UK. And it has propelled right-wing parties in France and elsewhere that campaign on a “no more immigrants” platform.


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Opinion polls

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Monday, 06 March 2017 08:00

Following last year’s Brexit referendum and the US election, the spotlight fell on polling companies. On both sides of the Atlantic, the pundits failed to predict voter rejection of the status quo. The electorates of Britain and America threw up unexpected results that called into question the reliability of pollsters.


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Political divide

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Monday, 27 February 2017 08:00

2016 was a year of electoral surprises. Britain voted to leave the EU, the US sent Donald Trump to the White House and the Italians rejected a referendum on constitutional reform. In each case, anti-establishment parties hailed the results, claiming that they marked the beginning of a new world order.


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Social media

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Monday, 13 February 2017 08:00

Barack Obama was the first presidential candidate to understand the power of social media. He used it to garner support and get people engaged. Donald Trump went further in harnessing the power of social media. He used it as an online soapbox to reach millions of voters.


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US foreign policy

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Monday, 06 February 2017 08:00

Donald Trump’s election has shaken the world’s geopolitical order. His approach to international affairs is upending the foreign policy playbook. Many of his pronouncements are at odds with the principles underpinning the liberal global order in place for more than 70 years.  


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