Leo Cendrowicz
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Born in London and has spent much of the past decade in Brussels as a journalist. He is the Brussels correspondent for TIME magazine. His freelance work includes The Independent, The Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman, Prospect, European Voice and E!Sharp. He has also been a contributing editor for The Economist Guide to the European Union and the Time Out Guide to Brussels.

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Selling Bangladesh

(0) Comments | Posted 14 April 2014 | (13:41)

Bangladesh's foreign minister Mahmood Ali has been touring Europe in a bid to overcome perceptions that his four-decade-old country is tumbling into a vortex of factionalism

At its birth in 1971, Bangladesh was contemptuously dismissed by Henry Kissinger as a "basket case". Until recently, Bangladesh seemed to defy the expectations...

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Nigeria's Elder Statesman Is Still Centre Stage

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2013 | (19:16)

By the standards of the grandiose mansions of Abuja, the planned city that became Nigeria's capital just two decades ago, Edwin Kiagbodo Clark's villa in a quiet, narrow, street is modest. The living room is dark and poky, and although large, portraits of Chief Clark, as he is known, are...

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Why the African Union Needs a Makeover

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2013 | (22:57)

When the African Union was founded in 2001 as a more muscular, responsible replacement for the discredited Organization for African Unity (OAU), it was posited as a switch akin to the United Nations following the ill-fated and impotent League of Nations. Hopes were so high that there was even talk...

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Nigeria's Savior?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2013 | (16:00)

Orji Uzor Kalu's pitch as peace broker could yet propel him to Nigeria's presidency. However, the former state governor will struggle to be heard above the chaos consuming the country


Nigeria is Africa's eternal prospect. Twice as populous as any other African country, it is an emerging economy...

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Europe's Learning Curve on Hezbollah

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2013 | (09:04)

It's taken decades, but Europe is nearly ready to admit it: Hezbollah is terrorist group, and should be treated with stern diligence

It was the Bulgaria hit that did it. Confined to Lebanon, Hezbollah could easily be dismissed as a local phenomenon, a product of the entrenched,...

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Why We Should Be Worried About Syria

(28) Comments | Posted 21 December 2012 | (10:30)

Europe and America are trying to ignore the Syrian conflict. That is a dangerous complacency. Quite apart from the humanitarian issues at stake, there are huge risks that the country's chemical weapons arsenal falls into the wrong hands.

The civil war in Syria is a curious affair for the...

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The Billionaire Challenging for Georgia's Throne

(0) Comments | Posted 25 September 2012 | (22:38)

Georgia's richest man, Bidzina Ivanishvili, has thrown himself into politics, taking on what he says is the "authoritarian" rule of his country's president, Mikheil Saakashvili, in the October 1 parliamentary elections. Is Ivanishvili the saviour his supporters say he is, or a Russian stooge as Saakashvili's allies claim? Leo Cendrowicz...

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Six Months On: How Bahrain's Street Was Silenced

(3) Comments | Posted 15 August 2011 | (05:00)

Six months ago, Bahrain seemed to be swept along with the Arab Spring. Today, however, hopes for real change seem dim

It was perhaps an unorthodox romantic gesture, but it could still qualify as a Valentine: on February 14 this year, as the Arab Spring was surging, a group of...

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