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Nicole Maka-Sprawa

Snapshot: Discrediting Witness Testimony – The Mandela Effect

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Those of us familiar with Episode V of the Star Wars saga may recall the iconic quote by Darth Vader as “Luke, I am your father.” However, the actual quote is, “No, I am your father.” This inaccurate recollection of events by a group of people is known as the Mandela Effect.   The term was originally …

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Snapshot: What’s the deal with the EU long-term budget?

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Some of us might have heard of the recent EU budget negotiations due to the generous recovery fund for nations worst affected by the pandemic. However, as the budget awaits the approval of the European Parliament, certain issues are being raised about how short-sighted the deal is.   Due to the Covid-19 recovery fund some EU programmes are facing cuts, …

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Polish Election campaign and the candidacy in protest phenomenon

On July 12th 2020, the final phase of the Polish Presidential Election took place, which witnessed the second highest registered turnout since the end of the communist rule in 1989. In fact, this election had the world on the edge of its seat with the incumbent president Duda winning marginally with 51.2% of the vote. However, what is …

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Snapshot: Racist or Not? The Historical Monument Edition – Tadeusz Kosciuszko

Was he a military hero or racist villain? For many weeks, numerous BLM protests have taken place throughout the US, during which monuments of the Polish statesman and military leader Tadeusz Kosciuszko were vandalised. As photos of the defaced statue went viral, historians and Polish nationals emphasised the need for protesters to educate themselves on …

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Brussels, We Have a Problem: the lack of EU initiative during the Covid-19 crisis

Recent years have not been easy for the EU. Examples of strain include the rise of Euroscepticism amongst its Member States, Le Pen’s presidential campaign and the “undemocratic” legal reforms in Poland. Now, with Brexit going ahead, the EU needs to show the remaining 27 Member States their strength and the desirability of maintaining their …

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