Europe
Surpassing the Left/Right Divide: Macron and Le Pen

Surpassing the Left/Right Divide: Macron and Le Pen

The French elections are fast approaching, with the first round of voting scheduled for 23 April. It has been a tense and much-discussed election, developing in the shadow of the British referendum to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s victory in the American elections. Like these events, the French election has been indicative of a...
St Petersburg Bombing: Government Conspiracy or Islamist Terror?

St Petersburg Bombing: Government Conspiracy or Islamist Terror?

When a bomb ripped through a wagon on the St Petersburg metro at approximately 14.40 on 3 April, a war with terror that had almost predominantly been consigned to Western Europe was catalysed thousands of miles east into Russia’s cultural heartland. One homemade bomb was detonated forty metres underground on the tracks between the stations...
Hardball: Theresa May, Brexit, and Intelligence Cooperation

Hardball: Theresa May, Brexit, and Intelligence Cooperation

On 27 March, Sir Timothy Barrow, Britain’s Permanent Representative to the European Union (EU), delivered a hand-signed letter by Prime Minister Theresa May to European Council President Donald Tusk that invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union. This initiated Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, which will be completed by April 2019, barring...
So a Macedonian Prime Minister and an American Billionaire Walk Into a Political Crisis

So a Macedonian Prime Minister and an American Billionaire Walk Into a Political Crisis

Tucked between Greece and Serbia and often overshadowed by its larger neighbours, Macedonia has a low media profile. Though it is composed of less than two million people, Macedonia punches far above its weight in the breadth and depth of its political scandals. In power since 2006, the Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE)...
Bulgaria holds its ground

Bulgaria holds its ground

Although they were scheduled for 2018, parliamentary elections were held in Bulgaria on 26 March 2017. It was the third election in four years, prompted after Boyko Borisov, leader of the centre-right GERB, resigned as premier following the surprise victory of Rumen Radev of the Socialist Party as president. Although the president is a mostly...
Right-Wing Terrorism: The Biggest Threat

Right-Wing Terrorism: The Biggest Threat

Since Donald Trump entered office in January 2017 the rhetoric of terrorism has revolved around ‘radical Islamist terrorism.’ Indeed the president promised to ‘eradicate’ this type of violence ‘from the face of the earth.’ He has very much attempted to put this into practice, with his first initial travel ban against seven majority Muslim countries...
Belarus: Time to End the Dictatorship

Belarus: Time to End the Dictatorship

Shouts of ‘fascists’ and ‘long live Belarus’ filled the streets of Minsk, Brest, Grodno, and other cities across Belarus during protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The protests occurred on 25 March during the celebration of the 99th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarus People’s Republic as a result of the president’s newest decree:...
How Britain’s Intelligence Forces Have Managed to Prevent 13 Terror Attacks in Recent Years

How Britain’s Intelligence Forces Have Managed to Prevent 13 Terror Attacks in Recent Years

9/11. 7/7. For most these dates require little explanation. They are forever synonymous with the horrific events they represent; events that sent shockwaves of horror around the globe. Both started off as ordinary working days, but as the attacks unfolded, hundreds and thousands of innocent people lost their lives due to the actions of radical...
Microcosm of a Continent in Crisis – Saarland Landtag Elections

Microcosm of a Continent in Crisis – Saarland Landtag Elections

The art of predicting elections is a difficult one. Many pollsters in the west have received abuse in the past few years for hugely incorrect predictions regarding major elections: most notably the UK 2015 general election, the Brexit referendum last summer and the recent US presidential vote. In the wake of the former, one reputable...
Passport Recognition to Annexation: A Road Already Travelled

Passport Recognition to Annexation: A Road Already Travelled

The proverb about it being better to plead forgiveness rather than ask a question to which you don’t want the answer permission is usually reserved for mischievous young children. It is not often that such an analogy can be used when referring to the behaviour of world leaders, but Vladimir Putin has just become eligible....
From Russia With Love: The Trump-Russia Connection Analysed

From Russia With Love: The Trump-Russia Connection Analysed

It’s tough to keep abreast of the near-constant stream of alarming developments emerging in recent days with regard to the Trump administration and its connections to Russia. One by one – and far too rapidly for the comfort of many citizens of the US and the democratic world at large – information has been leaked...
Bursting the ‘Tolerant Dutch’ Myth

Bursting the ‘Tolerant Dutch’ Myth

On 15 March voters in the Netherlands will be electing a new parliament. Surrounding the lead up to the election Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom, has drawn substantial attention due to his anti-Islam campaign. His campaign has recently begun to use the slogan, ‘Make the Netherlands Ours Again,’ a catchphrase similar to US...