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An Olympic déjà vu

An Olympic déjà vu Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Iain Gibson, associate partner26 May 2021 Good morning, It seems like only yesterday that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) delayed the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo by 12 months. That was in March last year, when most of us saw July 2021 …

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Border out-of-control

Border out-of-control Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Scott Reid, associate partner20 May 2021 Good morning, The European Union’s only land border with Africa along the Strait of Gibraltar may be one of its shortest, but it has a long history. In November 1975, as Francisco Franco lay on his deathbed and the Spanish government …

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Modi’s moment of reckoning

Modi’s moment of reckoning Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Tom Gillingham, associate partner5 May 2021 Good morning, In 2014 Narendra Modi became India’s first prime minister born after the country’s independence from the British empire. As the leader of the Indian People’s Party, his campaigning revolved around the nationalistic goal of boosting India’s self-reliance. …

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Wind of Change

Wind of Change Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Scott Reid, associate partner22 April 2021 Good morning, It’s been a momentous week in Germany’s “super election year” (Superwahljahr), which began in mid-March with two state elections and will reach its peak on 26 September with the Bundestag general election – and the end of …

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Colin goes to court

Colin goes to court Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Scott Reid, associate partner16 April 2021 Good morning, When you move to a different country, no one really tells you that adapting to a new culture is as much about learning the language, customs, and history as it is about getting to know its …

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Vladimir the Destabiliser

Vladimir the Destabiliser Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by David Gaffney, partner6 April 2021 Good morning, The history of tsarist Russia is one of revealing nicknames. There is Ivan the Terrible, Alexey Mikhailovich the Humblest, Peter and Catherine the Greats, Alexander I the Blessed, and Nicholas II the Bloodstained, to name just a few. Now, if …

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