Global Affairs

Calling Europe: The Continent in 2021

Since then-U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger supposedly asked ‘who do I call if I want to call Europe?’ in the mid-1970s, the meaning of Europe has remained intensely contested. Can Europe be equated with anything deeper or more transcendent than the institutions of the European Union whilst remaining a valuable concept? Is Europe – Read More…

Global Affairs

Jack Ma: How China Tamed Its Entrepreneurial Elite, and Why The Chinese People Stand to Lose the Most

Chinese tech entrepreneur Jack Ma, founder and former chairman of eCommerce Giant Alibaba and formerly the wealthiest man in China, has recently announced plans to restructure his fintech empire Ant Group after falling out of favour with Chinese Communist Party leadership. Along with his recent muted reappearance after disappearing for nearly three months, this marks Read More…

Global Affairs

Rats and recessions: the birth of an inter-crisis industry

Many have lost their jobs during the pandemic. Lockdown restrictions and shrinking businesses have meant that many have had to change careers or turn toward alternative forms of employment to make ends meet. On some high streets, new businesses replace the old, as those plucky enough to invest their severance packages into dreams brave the Read More…

Environment News

Green New Deal and meal deals: Sunak statement criticised as ‘drop in the ocean’ for green recovery

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, used his summer statement on Wednesday to announce a further package of economic recovery measures, including a “green recovery” programme to cut carbon emissions and invest in green buildings. The government will set aside £3 billion for decarbonising buildings and issue vouchers worth up to £10,000 to encourage Read More…