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Ghosts of the past

Belgium has opened an impressive new embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But this soft-power flourish will struggle to repair relations with the old colonial master – especially when the DRC is set on a worrying…

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Reversal of fortune

The former Brazilian president was a phenomenon before his fall from grace. But with elections approaching, is there one more twist in the tale of Lula?

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High minded

Perched above the clouds, tiny San Marino has no airport or railway station but it does have 17 centuries of national history. With its bird’s-eye view of the world, its aloof attitude to foreign affairs is understandable…

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She who dares, wins

Digital innovation and streamlined services have made Estonia one of Europe’s most welcoming countries. Here the president discusses her nation’s winning streak – and its difficult neighbour.

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How do you do foreign affairs when nobody recognises your country? Plus: why the US is in the year of the infallible mayor.

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Expo: Sea change

A tiny North Atlantic archipelago of 50,000 people, the Faroe Islands falls under the Danish crown. But economic growth and cultural confidence means that some Faroese see themselves as increasingly distant from the Danes…

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On the charge

Young, fresh Jacinda Ardern has gone from unknown quantity to opposition leader in a matter of weeks – and captured hearts and minds in the process. As she outlines her strategy for a better New Zealand, it would seem…

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The Oregon governor who's the antithesis of Donald Trump, a ne'er-do-well election line-up in Liberia and overdue renovations at Vienna's Hofburg Palace.

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