Europe
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...
Has Brexit Killed the LSE’s Latest Merger Attempt?

Has Brexit Killed the LSE’s Latest Merger Attempt?

Almost a year ago, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Deutsche Boerse), proposed a merger in order to combine British, German, and Italian exchanges to create a large European market that could compete with the United States. This proposal has been widely criticised for creating a monopoly in certain sectors of...
The Diplomacy of the Head Scarf

The Diplomacy of the Head Scarf

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far right Front National (FN) and a leading contender in the country’s presidential race, faced a diplomatic hiccup during her trip to Lebanon this past month. Le Pen took the trip in an attempt to improve her foreign policy credentials and garner some positive international press during her...
The Uncertainty of Brexit

The Uncertainty of Brexit

On 23 June 2016, like many, I stayed up watching as the referendum on the UK’s membership to the European Union (EU) transformed from an often-disdained possibility into reality. When the final result was announced, I was expecting a sudden shock, a metaphorical lightning bolt that would leave the landscape of the UK forever changed....
Angela Merkel: No longer untouchable thanks to Martin Schulz

Angela Merkel: No longer untouchable thanks to Martin Schulz

A few weeks ago, Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany and one of the most powerful politicians in the world, appeared to be the likely winner of the next general election in Germany in September. Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) were leading the polls comfortably. A potential challenger was nowhere to...
NATO - Europe Should Put Its Money Where Donald Trump’s Mouth Is

NATO – Europe Should Put Its Money Where Donald Trump’s Mouth Is

There has been little to cheer about in the corridors of SHAPE, NATO’s headquarters in Brussels, for the past few years. The threat from the Islamic State, a resurgent Russia and stagnating defence budgets have given the alliance much to confront, with an increasingly strained stockpile of resources. The collective sense of dread has only...
Turkey May Vote to Undermine its Own Democracy

Turkey May Vote to Undermine its Own Democracy

On 16 April, Turkish voters will decide whether they want to significantly expand the powers of the president, among other constitutional changes. The referendum will turn Turkey into a presidential republic, allowing the president to issue decrees, dismiss parliament, and appoint judges and ministers. The office of the prime minister would be abolished, and executive...
Putin’s Impunity and Women’s Pain

Putin’s Impunity and Women’s Pain

While women’s marches across the world in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration captured global headlines, another important news story flew under the radar. On 7 February, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed into law a measure that decriminalises certain forms of domestic abuse. The move was met with widespread condemnation from the international community, but...
Will France Follow America? A Review of the French Presidential Election

Will France Follow America? A Review of the French Presidential Election

After the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, all eyes are on the upcoming French presidential election. The top four candidates are Marine Le Pen of the Front National (FN), Benoit Hamon of Partie Socialiste (PS), François Fillon of Les Républicans, and Emmanuel Marcon of En Marche! (EM). These four candidates, along with...