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A street vendor in Hanoi, Vietnam. Rather than being “helpless and hopeless”, many informal workers are self-reliant and ambitious. Wikimedia

Five myths about the informal economy that need debunking

The informal economy is often perceived negatively, yet recent research from developing and emerging countries indicate that the preconceptions that surround it are myths.
Franco-Moroccan author Leila Slimani (centre) with the president of the Goncourt prize, Bernard Pivot (third from right) and others at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair. John MacDougall/AFP

Debat: How streaming media could change our minds on cultural differences

The influence of digital technology is most significant in how we experience culture and identity. Think about the use of streaming media.
The participants in the West Balkans conference pose for the group photo at the chancellery in Berlin on April 29, 2019. Michael Sohn / POOL / AFP

What’s next for the Western Balkans?

What can be the road ahead for Kosovo and Serbia under the EU patronage?
Having fun yet? Moab Republic

Traffic congestion reconsidered

Despite efforts to encourage a shift to sustainable transportation, traffic congestion is often the focus of debates over mobility. Motorists endlessly demand more roads, but is this really a solution?
People holding German flags take part in a rally organised by Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on May 1, 2019 in Chemnitz, eastern Germany. Hendrik Schmidt/AFP

The impact of immigration on EU countries’ nationalistic sentiments

Nationalism seems to be on the rise in Europe, with many parties hostile to immigration. But what role does immigration itself have their support? Research shows some unexpected impacts.
In Muenster, Germany, the Christian Social Union (CSU), Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and European People’s Party (EPP) launch the European election campaign on April 27, 2019. In the center, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the CDU. Second from left, Markus Soeder, leader of the CSU. Between them, Manfred Weber, top EPP candidate for the European elections. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

EU elections: Six countries seen by six experts

Ahead of the 2019 EU elections, experts from the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway look at how the EU is perceived, key issues and perspectives for the election.
On May 16, 2019, Madeleine Munier Apaire (shown here in June 2014), lawyer for Vincent Lambert’s nephew, considered that all remedies were “exhausted”. Eric Feferberg/AFP

Vincent Lambert: what are the legal and ethical issues?

The debate over Mr. Vincent Lambert's decision to discontinue his care overshadowed equally important judicial and ethical issues. A look back at a complex situation that will set a precedent.
Indian activists hold candles and portraits of 20th century Indian social reformer B. R. Ambedkar as they take part in a protest against a Supreme Court order that allegedly diluted the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in Kolkata on April 4, 2018. AFP

Despite political setbacks in India, Dalit voices grow stronger

Anti-caste and Dalit movements have emerged as a voice to count on as India's 2019 legislative elections unfold.
How much is your backpack and the laptop that it contains worth to you? Nicola/Flickr

Lessons from the Moscow airport crash: your luggage or their lives

More than 40 people died in the May 5, 2019 crash, and reports indicate that passengers taking luggage with them may have slowed the evacuation. So what do we need to do to stop such behaviour?
Osteoporosis affects one in three women, but men are also concerned. Shutterstock

Could the solution to osteoporosis be in the bile?

There is no treatment for osteoporosis, which affects millions of people and costs billions of euros every year. What if the solution was in the bile? Explanations.

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