Iran: What do protests (probably) mean?

We still do not know much about any organizational structure (if there is any) but it seems Iran protests are quite widespread. How do you read this, what does it mean for the regime? Read few comments.


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The politics of royal engagement: When Harry met…Donald

By Gëzim Alpion, Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, Sociology Admissions Director, University of Birmingham.

Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. Credit: https://www.royal.uk/

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Deadlock? Dialogue? What’s next after Catalan elections

After the snap elections in Catalonia nothing/nor much is solved. Separatists has the majority but biggest party is Cs and separatists have less votes than pro-constitutional parties if we we count CatComu (unionists would maybe even win the independence referendum) . Is this the time for serious discussion from both sides, would it be helpful and do you see any willingness to do this? Read few comments.
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Catalan elections: Everything is uncertain

Of course, it depends on the results but it seems that upcoming Catalan elections are not going to change much regarding the situation in Catalonia. Or do you perhaps see differently, and why? Read few comments.

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Will the EU unity over Russia sanctions grow more fickle?

At the last EU summit we have seen how leaders agreed to roll over Russia sanctions but after intense discussion, Hungary, Greece opposed, Slovak PM Robert Fico called Russia a strategic partner (and now we have a government in Austria with pro-Russian FPO). Do you think it will be possible to keep sanction intact, that unity in the EU will prevail in the future, or not and why? Read few comments.
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Putin thanks Trump? It is fair to question his motives

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanks US President Donald Trump for CIA intel that foiled a planned terrorist attack in Russia. While exchanging info on terrorist threat is nothing unusual, it is rare that it is followed by public statement about this on the highest level. How do you read this, why, in your opinion, Putin felt he has to publicly thank Trump? Read few comments.

A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in July. Credit: http://en.kremlin.ru

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What’s next for Austria with right-far right coalition?

Sebastian Kurz said that Austrians voted two months ago and they made a fundamental decision for change in our country. In your opinion how much this change will be driven by radical populist FPÖ (they have MFA, MoD, and also Interior Ministry) and how much is it going to change domestic and European politics of Austria? Read few comments.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen ÖVP leader Sebastian Kurz und FPÖ chairman Heinz-Christian Strache. Credit: http://www.bundespraesident.at/Peter Lechner/HBF

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