May is right to hold a general election

19/04/2017 Alastair Stewart

“May has eight weeks to win an election, but even less time to put together a manifesto package that is comprehensive and unequivocal on Brexit. There have been no signs to date that the UK Government has an overarching negotiating position or even an agreed understanding of what needs to be agreed upon with the EU.” (Read More)

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Why Scotland is good for Brexit

30/03/2017 Alastair Stewart

“Even if one acknowledges that Scotland voted ‘No’ to independence in 2014, and even if it’s conceded therefore that Scotland is a collection of constituencies and not an individual nation in UK general elections, it is impossible to deny that the reality of Brexit will affect every devolved sphere of Scottish society.” (Read More)


From conflict to peace: Remembering Martin McGuinness

21/03/2017 Oliver Murphy

“What is easy to do, and perhaps too easily so, is to allow for the visceral reaction to turn into a reignition of past difficulties. If there is to be one rallying call today, it’s that peace, first and foremost, be celebrated and protected. That is a legacy, for all people and all sides, to hold onto and belongs to more than just one man. ” (Read More)

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The old men in grey suits should be listened to

14/03/2017 Alastair Stewart

“A peculiar thing happens to politicians of a particular age at the end of their careers. When they’re done with government or opposition, they’re shuffled off to the House of Lords where they either languish gracefully or take to the television circuit to gently voice their view or to share their experience. The animosity, whatever it might be against them, ends and they become that most pervasively undefined of creatures, the respected ‘statesman’.” (Read More)


The African AIDS epidemic is the West’s failure

12/03/2017 Hannah Tayab

“A huge number of victims of AIDS are young women due to their lives as sex workers as there is a lack of opportunities to otherwise make money for women due to education deprivation. Developed nations, therefore, can be argued to have ultimately failed to meet their global responsibilities, as so many African women are still unable to access education and therefore, unable to progress their lives. Accessible education around the globe is a global responsibility for all developed countries.” (Read More)


Did the sun really set on the British Empire?

08/03/2017 Alastair Stewart

“The English language and the osmosis of British music, film and fashion around the globe create the usurpable fact that Britain’s reputation and influence are already second to none. If Brexit is not about economics or military dominance or cultural hegemony then what precisely are the imperial designs ministers have?” (Read More)

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The Alhambra, populism and the dangers of an ignorant population

12/12/2016 Alastair Stewart

‘Western civilisation is more connected than ever, yet the ability of populations to discern fact from fiction and to decide which is an outright lie has declined. In the case of Trump, what is curious, is the presumption that politicians and leaders will lie seems to have reached a satirical impasse. There’s the cliche that politicians or someone in public life will lie but surely they can’t lie that much. There is an implicit presumption and trust that they could never go that far and it has allowed, with the absence of historical knowledge, deception, and hyperbole to become commonplace.’ (Read More)

'Gibraltar' / Dennis Keller

Why Spain and the UK should be natural allies

02/12/2016 Alastair Stewart

‘Nevertheless, the Spanish and the British have more in common than their foreign policies might suggest. Both countries, perhaps more than any other two, are littered with monuments to their past imperial glories which can legitimately be said to have shaped the modern word over the last 600 years.’ (Read More)

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Time to reboot the debate on Europe

30/05/2016 John Lindberg

Last week the first of a series of debates on the UK’s membership of the European Union took place in Glasgow. This debate were to focus on the concerns of young people, but it maybe didn’t get off to a wondrous start. The panel, with its mean age of almost 60, is maybe not the best to really understand the concerns of today’s youth. The debate itself very aptly summed up the referendum debate so far – scaremongering, with little regard for facts as the dominant narrative. This is doing nothing to rebuild the public’s trust in politicians, especially as both sides contradict the other sides’ arguments on a continuing basis. With less than a month to go, it is time for a reboot of the debate on Europe. (Read More)


Turkey: current developments and ambitions

27/05/2016 Gabriela Bernal

Erdoğan also claimed that funds promised by the EU have yet to reach Turkey. The refugee problem has put a severe strain on Turkey, especially after the recent EU-Turkey agreement of March 20. This agreement called for all migrants who arrive illegally in Greece to be sent to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum or if their claim is rejected. So far, Turkey has taken in some three million refugees and has had to spend about $10 billion of their budget on dealing with the refugee crisis. (Read More)


Why Obama should stay out of the EU referendum

31/03/2016 Nicole Williams

The US-UK relationship is indeed a special one. It transcends the spheres of politics, government and business. It is a relationship formed through a common language, structure of laws, of family and friends. We should respect our ally by supporting the sovereign decision of its people, in or outside of the European Union. The American government is often accused of meddling in other’s affairs, let us not make this mistake again. (Read More)

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The EU debate you really should consider

31/03/2016 Callum Maher

With the EU referendum approaching thick and fast, we have to look at the less publicised factors of leaving, or in fact staying in the EU. With our media dominated by economical and fear factors of terrorism and migration, we forget the consumer, cultural, environmental and innovation benefits of the EU that shape everyday life. Many of these forgotten factors are taken for granted and we do not look into the origins of those benefits brought forward by the continent (Read More)

'Boris Johnson As Emperor' by Matt Brown

Boris, Brexit and Britons in Spain

17/03/2016 Alastair Stewart

A former Eton schoolmate and long-time rival of David Cameron, the Mayor of London and MP is unique in being culturally formed by strong European antecedents all while rejecting the EU: he was educated in Brussels, covered the European Commission as a journalist and has English, Russian, Swiss, Turkish and French ancestry (the latter which links him to most of Europe’s royal families). (Read More)

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At home and abroad: What does Europe mean?

15/03/2016 Alastair Stewart

The idea of Europe and the practicalities of Europe are, by and large, the differences between resident UK citizens and British expats. For many back home it’s not unfair to say that Europe is seen as behemoth of bureaucracy or the political right’s nightmare child that inflicts red tape, open borders and pedantic rules. For us, it’s a more complicated picture. (Read More)

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Thoughts on refugees in Germany

The acceptance of the refugee crisis involves taking responsibility for fellow human beings, who were not as fortunate as us in terms of having a nice home and family which provides a comfortable life. Being able to know where the next meal comes from, or even knowing that we will survive the night without being attacked by bombs from the air, is a luxury which many people around the world do not have. This security should be available to all. (Read More)


History is written by the victors, so how will we remember the EU?

26/02/2016 Alastair Stewart

For a real insight into the British attitude toward Europe in the months ahead, it’s the Eurovision which is the most indicative of British feelings to our continental neighbours. We participate, we watch and chortle at the perceived weirdness and the stereotypes of other cultures but we never truly engage in it. We’re sort of just there, awkwardly caught off guard as if we’re at a party where we don’t really know many people and are half-heartedly dancing until our real friends arrive. (Read More)

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Some thoughts for both sides of the EU debate

25/02/2016 Rob Marrs

We never seem to take a break from politics in Scotland. European elections. A referendum. A general election. A Scottish Parliament election. And then – just when it looked for a few moments at least that there would be some blessed respite from people spouting nonsense in the name of their false gods – a European referendum.
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The EU referendum and the upward march of history

05/11/2015 Alastair Stewart

I do not consider this to be absurdly speculative. History is made by iron rings clanging together to forge a chain that takes us from A to B across time. It is not just a series of events but a series of decisions about what we hope comes next. Staying inside the EU, reforming it from within, is a logical course to achieve what some might call world peace. The perennial reality of Realism is only perennial so far because no valued alternative has been posited. We have a chance to change that beginning now – the EU has the scale, the power and the means to achieve meaningful peace and prosperity and we should embrace this and let it grow. (Read More)


‘Crumbling borders restored?’ – The German suspension of Schengen membership

14/09/2015 John Lindberg

Today is a remarkable day. Today we see the fallout of something that most of us believed to be impossible. Germany has, albeit temporarily, suspended its membership of the Schengen Agreement in response to the refugee crisis. This decision to suspend its membership in Schengen marks a shift of policy from statements made by Chancellor Merkel earlier this week. The rhetoric from Berlin has changed remarkably in the last few days and it is important. The prognosis of 800,000 refugees coming to Germany this year alone puts a unprecedented stress on German society, but it is also telling of something larger, a decline in something seen as ‘sacred’ by Eurocrats. The free movement of people, a ‘fundamental’ pillar of the EU, has in effect, started to end. (Read More)


Insecurity and the Charlie Hedbo murders

08/01/2015 Philip Horey

Our Foreign Affairs Editor, Philip Horey, leads with the first in our new Snap Shot series; quick fire reactions and light-bulb ideas for your consumption.

Today, he looks at the questions to come from the murders at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. If you have any thoughts, please do leave a comment below the article or follow us on Twitter for the latest article news. (Read More)

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Do you know how the EU works?

08/08/2014 Alastair Stewart

Democracy in all its forms is delightful. One flick through the news channels is enough to see that millions are still denied the right to vote because of strife, repression or fear. But democracy relies on the electorate making as informed a choice as possible. If knowledge is power, then I worry that all political parties have missed a beat with Europe.

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