The Legacy of Boris Johnson

Philip Bushill-Matthews

Recent by-elections have inflicted massive defeats on the UK Government. Although the people have spoken, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not listened: he maintains the fiction that he is the solution not the problem, writes Philp Bushill-Matthews.  The country is facing a massive cost of living crisis, amplified by a weakening   pound and contracting…

China: While economy slides, Premier LI Keqiang’s political star shines

LI Keqiang

Last week, in an unusual move, Chinese Prime Minister LI Keqiang who has been recently in the news for his reported opposition to strict anti-Covid lockdown, held video talks with thousands of officials holding different ranks in the government. This was an emergency meeting and the Chinese Prime Minister talked about the health of the country’s economy, writes Jianli Yang….

The Sofa Analyst

Mukhtar Ablyazov

“Politician, Kazakh entrepreneur and former owner of BTA Bank, the organiser of the DVK and the candidate for the post of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan” – such a description is flaunted on the YouTube channel of the world’s richest fugitive – fraudster Mukhtar Ablyazov, who is wanted in Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine on charges of…

Filippo La Vecchia and Everything

Who is the Italian chef who for ten years has been transforming the Belgian way of conceiving Italian cuisine and, especially, their taste and palate of transalpine cuisine? Well, that chef is called Filippo La Vecchia and Everything. EU Political Report took the chance to get to take a closer look at someone who actually…

Hong Kong: The Tragic Arrest of Cardinal Zen (90)

Cardinal Zen

The Vatican should more forcefully oppose the arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, a retired Hong Kong archbishop who has courageously opposed human rights violations, and Western governments should sanction responsible Hong Kong officials, said Peter Zoehrer, Director of FOREF a Vienna-based, independent human rights organisation. “Cardinal Zen courageously risked his own freedom and security…

Ukraine has Huge Public Support: Public Opinion Matters

Kalush

Ukraine’s entry to the Eurovision song contest by the Kalush Orchestra on Saturday night 14 May was massively boosted by phone polls in each participant country. This followed the verdict of national juries, which had given most votes to the UK. The final scores were 631 to Ukraine – lifted by 400 public votes – to…

Kharibulbul International Folklore Festival opens in Shusha.

Kharibulbul

The 5th “Kharibulbul” International Folklore Festival has today opened in Shusha, the cultural capital of Azerbaijan. The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the festival’s opening. The Festival is being held in the “Year of Shusha” on the occasion of the 270th anniversary of the city of…

EESC marks #EuropeDay2022

Europe Day 2022

This year the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will be joining forces once again with the other European institutions to mark the anniversary on 9th May of the Schuman Declaration, where the EU all began, in spite of recent tragic events writes Cillian Lohan.  The war in Ukraine has literally transformed the European agenda,…