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Draghi’s Government: A Sign of Hope or of Harder Times?

Mario Draghi, former President of the European Central Bank, has just been sworn in as Prime Minister of Italy after the collapse of the previous coalition government led by Giuseppe Conte. While he has enormous experience in public life and has assembled a team of experts in his cabinet, Draghi nevertheless faces a mammoth task in bringing Italy back from the economic havoc unleashed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Behind the Olympic Controversy - Resignations and Sexism

Last Friday Yoshiro Mori resigned from his role as Head of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee.This resignation came after he came under pressure due to comments he made suggesting the women talk too much. His comments caused a wave to backlash across Japan and around the world. His resignation brings more uncertainty to the already delayed Summer Olympic Games.When Tokyo was announced as the Olympic city for 2021 Japan experienced a rise in national pride. The country had not hosted the games since 1964 and the opportunity brought a much needed boost in patriotism and jobs.

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The Dangers of Your Shampoo

Picking a shampoo can quite literally be a life changing decision. The specific absorption rate of head tissues is higher than that of the skin in another part of the body. Scientists now have proof that an ingredient found in shampoo and other products can affect brain development in mice. 

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Alexei Navalny and Russia's Protests

On the 17th of January 2021, Russia’s most notorious opposition leader, Alexei Navalny was arrested on his return to Russia following a five-month stint in the intensive care unit of a Berlin hospital following a suspected assassination attempt. 

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Brexit’s Implications for EU-UK Sanctions Cooperation

Diplomatic impacts - Brexit will impose several challenges on the EU’s diplomatic voice in international affairs. For instance, both parties cooperate heavily on sanctions, which is an effective foreign policy tool that offers sufficient balance between political dialogue and military deployment. The UK currently has 40 sanctions regimes in place across the UN and the EU. They have been a significant player for crafting the EU’s foreign policy toolbox, where numerous studies have shown that up to 80% of EU sanctions have been proposed and initiated by the UK.

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