During a recent visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, King Philippe of Belgium expressed his “deepest regrets” for the exploitation and oppression that occurred under Belgian colonialism. He also urged Congolese students to look toward the future. But many won’t turn away from the past that easily, and Pedro Monaville explains why. The assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first prime minister, triggered a student movement entrenching Lumumba’s ideals of a Congo free from any colonial interference.

In France, President Emmanuel Macron lost his majority in National Assembly after a strong showing in Sunday’s legislative elections by a left-green opposition alliance and a late surge from the extreme right. Macron, who was re-elected president less than two months ago, now has to job of forging a coalition government. Mathias Bernard provides analysis.

Moina Spooner

Assistant Editor

How Patrice Lumumba’s assassination drove student activism, shaping the Congo’s future

Pedro Monaville, New York University Abu Dhabi

Lumumba’s death triggered students and created a generation of activists that pushed for total liberation from exploitation and oppression.

Why Commonwealth summit in Kigali won’t be the relaunch some were hoping for

Philip Murphy, School of Advanced Study

Internal affairs of the bloc may dominate the summit which seeks to address a wide range of international issues.

Législatives : La vie politique bouleversée par un scrutin inattendu

Mathias Bernard, Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA)

Les résultats des législatives ont abouti à un record de sièges historiques pour le RN et une polarisation encore plus appuyée de la vie politique au sein même de l’Assemblée nationale.