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The politics of the veil in France – a reflection on the shortcomings of western feminism

The politics of the veil in France – a reflection on the shortcomings of western feminism

A recent interview with French women’s rights minister Laurence Rossignol, in which she compared Muslim women wearing the veil to ‘American negroes who were in favour of slavery’ provoked widespread anger in France; a petition demanding that she face sanctions for her words highlights the irony in the fact that her government has just launched...
Hungary’s Referendum About Refugee Quotas: A Legitimate Demand or a Case of Skillful Manipulation?

Hungary’s Referendum About Refugee Quotas: A Legitimate Demand or a Case of Skillful Manipulation?

‘An abuse of power:’ this is what Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán called the introduction of European Union refugee quotas on 24 February, upon announcing that Hungary would be holding a referendum about them. According to Orbán and his party, Fidesz, the imposition of the relocation quotas exceeds the EU’s scope of authority. Nevertheless, the...
Can the Outbreak of Zika Virus Change Brazil's Strict Abortion Laws?

Can the Outbreak of Zika Virus Change Brazil’s Strict Abortion Laws?

After the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of Zika virus a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ on 1 February, the world’s attention has been focused on the most affected countries in Latin America. The organisation’s decision to announce an emergency was explained by the potential connection of the virus with the spike...
Polish Elections: What the Victory of the Right Means for the EU and Russia

Polish Elections: What the Victory of the Right Means for the EU and Russia

The victory of Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party (also known by the acronym PiS) in the general elections on 25 October marks a milestone in the country’s post-communist political history. For the first time in 26 years, a party could form a government without coalition partners, simultaneously creating Europe’s most right-wing parliament with no...
Eastern Europe: United in Opposition to Refugee Quotas

Eastern Europe: United in Opposition to Refugee Quotas

Eastern Europe: United in opposition to refugee quotas After three weeks of heated negotiations, on 22 September European Home Affairs Ministers finally approved the proposal of the European Commission concerning the relocation of  120,000 refugees from Italy and Greece within two years. Although described as ‘a historic moment’1 by Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and...
Split in the National Front: Mistake Before the Elections?

Split in the National Front: Mistake Before the Elections?

Jean-Marie Le Pen’s interview with far-right newspaper Rivarol led to the climax of the political fight between him and his daughter, party leader Marine Le Pen. Ms. Le Pen released a condemning statement of his actions following her father’s words defending Philippe Pétain (the Chief of State of Vichy France), calling the gas chambers “a...
Loi Macron: Economic Reform with or without Parliament

Loi Macron: Economic Reform with or without Parliament

France’s Macron Law recently aroused heated debate over the strength of the Hollande administration. Presented by the French economy minister Emmanuel Macron, the law aims to introduce a number of economic liberalizations in order to revive the French economy from its third consecutive year of near-zero growth. However, the law was attacked on both sides...
Reforming French Asylum Law- Ambitions and Limitations

Reforming French Asylum Law- Ambitions and Limitations

When Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior presented the bill on asylum law in the Conseil des Ministres on the 23rd July by few contested the necessity of the plan. During his time as Minister of the Interior, Cazeneuve’s predecessor, Manuel Valls, had already judged the system in place “à bout de souffle” and as...
Internet tax protests in Hungary- a true victory?

Internet tax protests in Hungary- a true victory?

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party’s plan to extend the existing telecommunications tax to Internet usage recently have provoke the biggest anti-government protests of the past four years. With the plans announced on the 21 October, the Facebook page ‘Szazezren az internet ado ellen’ (Hundred Thousand Against the Internet Tax) organised their first demonstration on the 26th,...
Sarkozy's Return - The Change France Needs?

Sarkozy’s Return – The Change France Needs?

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s Facebook announcement on the 19th of September, declaring his return to politics, ended months of speculation about his possible comeback. Even though he vowed to quit politics for good after losing the 2012 presidential elections to François Hollande, he now sees it as his duty to save the socialist-lead country...