Europe
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...
The Selfie Seen Round the World: Social Media and its Pervasive Role in Politics

The Selfie Seen Round the World: Social Media and its Pervasive Role in Politics

Syrian refugee Anas Modamani—who posed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a 2015 photograph that went viral— has recently filed for an injunction that would obligate Facebook to remove any content connecting him to terrorism. His doing so raises interesting questions about the role of technology in politics and the responsibility of the media. The...
Waking Lions in the North

Waking Lions in the North

Sweden’s military is in dire straits. Since the last days of the Cold War, the Swedish armed services have been progressively defunded and disarmed by their government. Compared to only a few decades ago, the Swedish army is only a fraction of its former self, its numbers having been reduced by nearly 90 per cent...
Economics and Elitism: How the Left Lost Touch with Working Class Voters

Economics and Elitism: How the Left Lost Touch with Working Class Voters

The Labour party’s constitution commits the party to fighting for a country, ‘in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few’. President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech claimed his election was ‘built by working men and women’, who together would rebuild America the only way it had ever...
The Executive Extremists: Should We Be Surprised?

The Executive Extremists: Should We Be Surprised?

Another day, another bombing. The images of children killed by government airstrikes in rebel-held Aleppo last week were horrific to behold, but they were not surprising. Such images have become tinged with that precursor of contempt – familiarity. Like it or not, horrendous violence against the innocent is apparently such an expected part of what...
The Reluctant Hegemon: Germany’s Global Responsibility

The Reluctant Hegemon: Germany’s Global Responsibility

More than seventy years after the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, 2017 should be the year when Europe’s richest country reasserts its influence over the globe. Germany should act as a leader for all liberal and democratic nations. Throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first century, the United States was expected to play...
A Win for Russia or a Win for the People?

A Win for Russia or a Win for the People?

A drastic change in political ideologies often results in a shift towards a new national identity. The recent elections in Moldova and Bulgaria mark Eastern Europe’s shift from a pro-European Union stance towards a pro-Russian one. Igor Dodon of Moldova and Ruman Radev of Bulgaria both came into power through the people’s desire to break...
The New, Same as the Old: History, Refugees and Germany

The New, Same as the Old: History, Refugees and Germany

This year has been one of change and uncertainty. While Americans and Brits mull over the consequences of recent electoral upsets, the European refugee crisis continues to see an unprecedented inflow of Syrians and others to the continent. In Germany, often the destination of choice, the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has reported...
The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

On 24 October a fleet of 150 buses arrived at the makeshift refugee and migrant camp in Calais with the task of moving some of the approximately 7000 remaining residents to sheltered accommodation across France. Two days later, the camp, often referred to as ‘the Jungle’ in the media, was set ablaze as demolition crews...
State-Sponsored Killing or an Answered Prayer? Euthanasia: A Global Perspective

State-Sponsored Killing or an Answered Prayer? Euthanasia: A Global Perspective

A debate that has been simmering behind the scenes since ancient times is the right to assisted death, otherwise known as euthanasia. A seemingly simple concept, euthanasia is when a physician plays an active role in a patient’s death. Similarly, physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is when a physician supplies certain means for a patient’s personal application....
French Plans to Create Mass ID Database

French Plans to Create Mass ID Database

In an increasingly interconnected world, personal privacy is becoming more and more of a rarity. Lives are led online, records are held in electronic databases, and the rise of social media means information is instantly accessible and has a digital afterlife. In recent years, passport control has been improved in some airports to include a...
Swiss Vote

Swiss Vote

There are a wide variety of democracies in the world. Most people live under a Parliamentary system, a Presidential system, or a combination of both. Many democracies engage in direct democracy, where policy decisions are subject to a popular vote. Nowhere is the practice more prevalent than in Switzerland, where a dozen referendums in a...