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This blog offers you comments on recent events written by members of D+C’s editorial team. You’ll find one or two posts per week. The guiding question is whether something is good or bad for global development.

by Sabine Balk

If Turkish leaders want serious debate, they are welcome

The attitude of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards Germany, the Netherlands and the European Union has become an absurd stage play. In the run-up to the constitutional referendum, in which Turkish voters will decide whether their head of state will get more power, Erdogan is reacting aggressively to every opponent and potential opponent. Now he sees enemies not only in his own country, but all over Europe.
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by Hans Dembowski

Germans’ unwitting racism

According to a UN panel, people of African descent suffer racial discrimination in their daily lives in Germany, but the general public is not aware of the matter. To assess matters, the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent spent a week in the Federal Republic. Its five members visited eight cities in all parts of the country and met with government officials, civil-society activists and representatives of human-rights institutions.
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by Hans Dembowski

Kolkata is making progress, but slower than I had hoped

Coming back from Bangladesh, I recently spent an extend weekend in Kolkata, the city where I did the research for my PhD thesis two decades ago. The agglomeration’s infrastructure has improved and the city looks less messy, but I was a bit disappointed nonetheless. Twenty years ago, it seemed even faster progress was possible.
Construction site on Eastern Metropolitan Byepass.

Construction site on Eastern Metropolitan Byepass.

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by Katja Dombrowski

Don’t forget the Yemenis

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is not inferior to the ones in Syria and Iraq. A large share of the population is severely affected by the dirty war, in which the Saudi-led coalition uses cluster bombs, hitting civil infrastructure and civilians on a large scale. However, the world doesn’t take the same interest.
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by Hans Dembowski

Gambia: ECOWAS assuming responsibility for region's problem

The Economic Community of West African States is insisting on democratic principles in Gambia. The governments of the other member states are putting pressure on Yahya Jammeh to transfer power peacefully after he lost presidential elections in December. It is important to understand why they are doing so. In similar crises, the leaders of Africa’s other regional organisations have tended to back the acting head of state.
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