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The United Nations has long been associated with struggles for equality. However, in a year of global protests for racial justice, the world organization is increasingly coming under fire for a lack of diversity – especially in the hiring and recruiting of workers from developing countries for the most sought-after positions.

While the crescendo of vitriol and misinformation about the US election is peaking, a new study has shown that support for democracy in the United States is waning, especially among the presidential supporters.

And a city in western Germany provides information on whether the country has risen to the challenge of integrating its many immigrants five years after taking in more than a million refugees.

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Mark Lowcock (center right), Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Filippo Grandi (left), UN High Commissioner for Refugees, visit a South Sudanese refugee settlement in Kakuma, Kenya on February 1. 2018, together with Josphat Nanok (center left), the governor of Turkana County.TONY KARUMBA / AFP via Getty Images

1. The United States has a diversity problem

With its 193 member states, the U.N. one of the most diverse institutions in the world. However, the agency does not promote equality within its own ranks, in which Westerners are over-represented. Foreign policy’S Colum Lynch reports.

Voters line up to cast their ballots at a polling station set up for the midterm elections at Noonday Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia on November 6, 2018. Jessica McGowan / Getty Images

2. Americans officially give up democracy

US President Donald Trump has long expressed doubts about the validity of the country's elections – and according to a new study, a significant part of the US population is just as exhausted as Michael Albertus and Guy Grossman write.

Christina Kampmann, then Family Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, speaks to two children from Syria in Gelsenkirchen on October 26, 2015.Maja Hitij / Image Alliance via Getty Images

3. In Germany's successful and broken integration experiment

What does it mean to be fully integrated as a refugee and who is ultimately responsible for integrating them? A German city is a symbol of how complicated the answers to these questions are, writes Emily Schultheis.

The Cayman Island registered ship Equanimity, owned by the villainous Malaysian financier Jho Low, is pictured on April 13, 2018 in the port of Benoa on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali.Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP via Getty Images

4. Corruption in Trumpworld is as globalized as the ultra-rich with whom the president mixes

Trump's wealth, as it is, does not come from successful entrepreneurship, but from the use of tax codes – and from access to the networked world of the global elite, writes Ananya Chakravarti.

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5. The United States is not doomed to lose the information wars

US democracy will not be safe until Washington treats information warfare as a major threat to national security. The good news? It is well positioned to do so, writes Doowan Lee.

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