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hile all the talk recently has been of Trump versus Clinton, let’s not forget Potus is still hard at work behind the battle scenes carving his legacy. The incumbent US president Barack Obama caused a stir during his recent trip to London, his last official visit to the UK before he leaves the Oval Office in January next year. While the photo opportunities abounded, from meeting Prince George in his pyjamas, dining with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, meeting Prince Harry and being chauffeured by the Duke of Edinburgh for lunch at Windsor Castle to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, it was the potent message he delivered to the Brexit campaign that ruffled feathers on both sides of the Atlantic. The UK referendum will see the British public go to the polls on June 23 to decide whether or not to remain within the European Union and Obama has been clear about which side of the fence he falls on. His decisive stance continued during the recent White House correspondents’ dinner when he mocked Donald Trump’s foreign policy record before he pulled an epic mic drop and told the crowd “Obama out”, prompting the hashtag #ObamaOut to go viral within minutes. However, in this month’s cover story, Obama takes a more sombre approach, telling us in his own words why he believes Britain is better off within Europe and how the country’s special relationship with the US would be put to the test should the British public choose to leave the EU. Serial entrepreneur and former CEO of Aramex Fadi Ghandour also weighs in on the Brexit debate, telling GC he has seen firsthand how his business, which spans the globe, has benefited from an open EU market. He is also urging Arab policymakers to consider an open market within the region to combat youth unemployment and allow companies to grow. Back in Europe, we look at Portugal’s new immigrant investment programme, which offers a golden visa to foreigners who want dual citizenship in one of Europe’s oldest countries. In our travel pages, we visit the ancient city of Alentejo in Portugal, which last year saw it declared the European wine capital.

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Barack Obama graces the cover of the May/June issue of Global Citizen magazine. A niche business and luxury lifestyle title for high net wor...

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Barack Obama graces the cover of the May/June issue of Global Citizen magazine. A niche business and luxury lifestyle title for high net wor...