Instead of being broken, the glass ceiling is wrecking another generation of women across the world.

Female leaders, as bright, prepared, and charismatic as it gets, cannot seem to reach the highest positions of power. Beware, this is not only an American problem: out of 193 countries, only 19 have a female head of state or government. It does not only apply to the highest office: women make up only 24% of members of national legislative bodies around the world, and only 4 countries have at least 50% of women in the national legislature. …


This is a guest contribution for The Brussels Time, by Colombe Cahen-Salvador and Andrea Venzon, from Feb 05, 2020.

In February, Belgium chairs the United Nations Security Council. As such, it can support the demand for the declaration of a Global Climate Emergency, which might be the only way to push all nations to act on climate. Let’s be sure this opportunity is not wasted.

Dear Prime Minister Wilmés,

We have less than a decade left to contain global warming. While it might sound like it is plenty of time,the first calculation of greenhouse effect dates back to 1896. In…


We are running out of time to solve crises like climate change, and citizen movements are our last hope.

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This is a guest contribution for The Fair Observer, by Andrea Venzon and Colombe Cahen-Salvador, from Dec 02, 2019

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When arguing that political parties cannot solve global issues such as climate change, nuclear proliferation and fiscal justice, and that we need a new global movement capable of pushing forward concrete solutions and harness the energies of the youth, we meet a few “deniers.” …


By Colombe Cahen-Salvador and Andrea Venzon

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East and West German people celebrate the end of cold war on top of the Berlin Wall, 10 November 1989. Photograph: Peter Horvath/REX/Shutterstock

My desire for the future is that there will continue to be people who stand up for walls to fall and not to be built”.

Floating above the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Patrick Shearn’s art installation includes such messages for inclusion and unity. Indeed, this week marks the 30th year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Germany, Europe and the world celebrate this historical event, discuss its significance and the challenges the country encountered in achieving unity. As part of those celebrations, world leaders will travel and vow to never go back…


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This is a guest contribution for The Economist ‘s Open Future initiative, which aims to foster a global conversation on the challenges of the 21st century. Read a critique of youth activism and politics here. More Open Future articles are at Economist.com/openfuture.

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Our grandparents attended party conventions teeming with balloons and bunting. Our parents took to the streets to demand radical changes from those same parties. Our generation regards political parties as a relic of an era of black-and-white television, transatlantic ocean-liners and the jitterbug. We simply don’t care about them at all. …


Sitting back and waiting for others to take action is no longer an option. We have a duty to stand for one another. We have the power to shape this world for the better. We have to unite. By Colombe Cahen-Salvador & Andrea Venzon

When contemplating the effects of climate change, the inability of states to tax digital giants, or the injustices that minorities face around the world, one cannot avoid to feel hopeless and powerless. Can our actions actually change the tide? Can our voices be loud enough?

This feeling is understandable: over the last decade, major wars and…


A human being died. A human being who tried to swim from France to the U.K.. A clear act of despair.

We could have prevented it. France and the U.K. are two of the wealthiest countries on earth, which not only should but can provide real assistance to migrants without a problem. …


What happens in one country can have dire consequences in many others — we have a responsibility to speak up and work together.

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By Shepard Fairey

This week, after I expressed my outrage at one of Trump’s extremely disturbing tweets (he suggested to marry legislation on background checks and immigration reform), people with diverging views sent me the following messages:

“You’re not from here, you don’t get to voice your opinion!” “Why do you even care?” “You don’t know anything about the topic so go inform yourself, talk about your own country’s abuses.”

Those are the answers I regularly receive when talking about any issue that is not solely French. Such responses do not only demonstrate a total lack of any valid argument, thus defeating their…


There are 2 episodes left in the major Game of Thrones (GOT) tv show, and 2 weeks left before the under-the-radar European elections. Is this a coincidence? I think not.

There is only one war that matters. The European Elections. And it is here. Let’s analyze the state of politics in Westeros.

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No one has a consistent and coherent programme for the Seven Kingdoms

Cersei is too focused on herself to pass any evidence-based policy, let alone listen to her constituents that she actually hates. She manipulates their emotions to achieve her goals.

Daenerys wants to break the wheel, as recent politicians didn’t do a good enough job and she isn’t happy with the establishment. She, however, doesn’t have a plan nor a programme for what comes after her face-off with Cersei.

Jon never wanted to enter into politics as he was…


Time is running out to register to vote for the European elections. COLOMBE CAHEN-SALVADOR explains what you need to do ensure you can have a say.

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A polling station open for the elections. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA.

Ahead of the European elections, I keep on being asked by EU27 citizens living in the UK where they should vote: in the UK or where they come from? A French friend just reached out to me this morning wondering if it’s more strategic to vote in France or in London, considering Brexit and all.

The question is understandable as Europeans get to choose where to vote between their native country and country of residency, for these elections. …

Colombe Cahen-Salvador

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