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BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT FOR THE ACCUSED
Dear Readers,

Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were taken to hospital in the city of Salisbury in England at the beginning of March after having been poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok, presumably from Russia. In reaction to this, 25 states and NATO expelled some 150 Russian diplomats; in turn, Moscow did likewise with many Western diplomats. The question now is whether these decisions were made prematurely, given that there is still no clear evidence to support the allegation. In any case, the conflict between East and West has now been relaunched.

In this issue’s ambassador interview we present Denmark, which has been one of the most economically and socially stable countries in the world for decades. With virtually full employment and economic growth of nearly two per cent last year, the Scandinavian country remains well on target. One of the keys to its success is the Flexicurity model, through which Danish companies have become some of the most dynamic in the world. In addition, ambassador H.E. Friis Arne Petersen speaks about the integration of refugees, the autonomous regions of Greenland and the Faroe Islands, renewable energy and education.

Further in this issue, you will find our first special real estate section, which will appear twice a year from now on. There is also an article on the current protectionism debate, and reviews of the ASEANAustralia Special Summit in Sydney and the World Social Forum meeting in Brazil. Finally, we present Vancouver, a major city in Western Canada, and explain why it’s called the ‘Hollywood of the North’. I hope you enjoy our exciting May issue.

Dr. Irene ErnstEditor and Publisher

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