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Blog: Brexit has made town twinning a battleground – but it’s always been political

Blog: Brexit has made town twinning a battleground – but it’s always been political

The practice of twinning towns and other communities has often been viewed as a cultural or leisure-based activity. Now though, Brexit has drawn the political side of twinning into sharper public focus. Some people are pressing to erase their towns’ longstanding relationships with European partners. Others have doubled down on their international commitments, trying to show that their community remains open and inclusive. Here Holly Ryan argues that town-twinning has always been political.

Blog: Can the left really stop Salvini?

Blog: Can the left really stop Salvini?

Last month the Italian far right failed to seize the left-wing bastion of Emilia-Romagna. But the election results raise wider challenges for the resistance to rising populism. Marzia Maccaferri and Andrea Mammone write about Salvini and Italian elections.