- The ascendancy of the political strongman across the globe – from Russia’s Putin to China’s Xi, and Turkey’s Erdogan to Japan’s Abe – shows a permanent shift in the nature of international relations between states
- After years of fiscal largesse, Brazil is braced for a new finance minister – known in the presidential palace as “Scissorhands” – who is preparing an austerity plan to rebalance its bleeding public finances
- The political crisis in Sweden, once a byword for stability and famed for its social model, is a warning for other European countries faced with the rise of anti-establishment and populist parties
- Political uncertainty and bitter factionalism are blighting Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper producer, ahead of elections next month – and foreign investors are watching anxiously
- Washington’s friends in Saudi Arabia continue to oppress and marginalise 15 per cent of the population. That’s going to lead to disaster. (Foreign Policy)
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