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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: Fraudulent Furlough

The UK Government’s job retention scheme has been vulnerable to various reports of fraudulent claiming. Under the scheme, employers were able to furlough employees who could no longer work due to the coronavirus pandemic and recover 80% of wages. With the furlough scheme extended to October 2020, the cost of the scheme has so far …

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Snapshot: Premier league football returns with a twist

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After over 100 days without top flight football being played within England, the Premier League returned on June 17th 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there have been conditions to the restarting of football. For example, there will not be any fans in attendance of any of the games in order to avoid the spread …

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Snapshot: Oil prices during the pandemic

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The pandemic reduced demand for oil by nearly a third, leading to overproduction, a lack of storage facilities and, for the first time in history, oil prices fell below zero. This coincided with production cuts, as oil producer Opec and its allies such as Russia, had pledged to cut 10% of its global supplies from …

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Snapshot: Breakthrough coronavirus drug

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Although there is not yet a treatment to prevent Coronavirus there has been a breakthrough with the pre-existing drug Dexamethasone. Dexamethasone is a Steroid which is used to reduce inflammation caused by conditions such as arthritis, asthma and some skin conditions. However the drug only benefits people on ventilators and oxygen, cutting the mortality rate.  …

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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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Snapshot: Gimme the gold – Bank of England and Venezuela

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The High Court recently determined whether the Bank of England was legally compelled to release over $1bn worth of gold to Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s ‘president’. The asset was held on the country’s behalf and President Maduro was seeking to use the funds to tackle the coronavirus crisis. Yet, Britain formally recognises the opposition leader as …

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Snapshot: No Fault Divorce – Is this the end of the blame game?

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After numerous reform proposals and failed legislative reform attempts, we have the ‘Divorce, Dissolution and Separation’ Act. After successfully passing the second reading in the House of Lords, it was voted through last month by MPs and given royal assent.  Currently, one spouse has to start the divorce process and unless they have been separated …

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