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Kenya burned 105 tonnes of ivory confiscated from smugglers and poachers, an action denounced by Bostwana as wrong and wasteful. Reuters/Siegfried Modola

EU’s new stand on ivory trade upsets East Africa ahead of key decision

EU officials argue that while the ban on ivory trade is right for some countries, it shouldn't be all-encompassing. It has called on African range states to reach agreement on the issue.
Without democratic reform, the time ahead for both Britain and the EU looks bleak indeed. Gary Knight/flickr

UK and EU both need major democratic reform to survive Brexit fallout

The Brexit vote was the outcome of the disillusionment and disengagement that have permeated the UK. Many Europeans share that mood, which is why both the UK and EU need radical democratic surgery.
We’re used to abundance, but Brexit makes it all seem more fragile. Eric/Flickr

How Brexit threatens Britain’s food security

We only have enough food stocks to last 3-5 days, and Brexit has suddenly made things seem worryingly fragile.
Britain, one of the European Union’s most consistent backers of climate action, is poised to walk out. AAP Image/Newzulu/Paul Alfred-Henri

Brexit could leave the European Union struggling with its climate targets

Britain was among Europe's most progressive voices on climate policy. Its imminent withdrawal leaves the European Union grappling with voices of dissent from member states such as Poland.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage was an architect of Britain’s seismic decision to leave the European Union. Chatham House/flickr

Britain’s ‘Bregret’ offers timely lessons for Australian voters this weekend

The populist appeal of simplistic answers to complex solutions is a challenge for political leaders.There are times when expertise and experience must prevail over the popular mood of the moment.

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