Europe

Interpol’s Miscarriage of Justice

“Interpol has been left unnoticed, understaffed and stripped of all funds for the past few decades. Rarely does anyone speak of it, apart from the conspiracy theorists and some human rights activists. Sadly, lack of media coverage, governments’ interest and reforms have made this extremely useful organisation prone to the influences of the authoritarian governments from all around the world.” (Read More)

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Votes for Life must only be the beginning

“While the passing of the Bill will likely meet the government’s pledge of legislating on the issue before the 2022 general election, it will most likely not be in place before Brexit on March 29, 2019. On the off chance there was to be another referendum on any final deal, the most populous territories of expats – 308,000 British citizens in Spain, 254,000 in Ireland and 185,000 in France – would again be denied a say on their future.” (Read More)

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Passports are a hint of things to come

“Campaigns have now emerged to have the passports made in Britain. Made in Britain. The ludicrousness of that statement couldn’t be clearer. For decades, centuries even, Britain has done more to shape the modern trading world than perhaps any other country bar America. To be so parochial now, to place nationalism over practical necessity, is a cop-out.” (Read More)

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Brexit makes me angry, and you should be too

“Now – this is where the slightly irked, mostly p*ssed perspective comes into play. My fiancé could have been from any one of the 27 other countries in the EU, and the situation would be the same. This doubt, this fear, is happening to hundreds of thousands of families. Those British and EU citizens who migrated exercised their democratic freedom of movement at a time when the prospect of an EU referendum, never mind Brexit, was not even a talking point.” (Read More)

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Why it’s time for overseas MPs

“Yet Brexit has ably demonstrated that unless one renounces their British citizenship, the motherland is always over the shoulder. Political decisions taken by Her Majesty’s Government can have real and lasting consequences on the five million people who make up the British diaspora, and there’s little they can do about it beyond writing to and contacting their local Member of Parliament.” (Read More)

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Moscow and Brussels: A Tale of Two Cities

“As the Russia investigation into Trump continues across the Atlantic, there are reasons to believe a similar situation could play out in Europe as the foundation of democracy is ‘chipped away’ by Russian interests. There may come a time when a similar public investigation(s) is carried out on this continent.” (Read More)

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The Conservative Party cannot be saved

“I have always admired the aims of groups like Bright Blue who seek to modernise the Conservative Party towards a new, more moderate message. However, this pursuit, noble as it is, is ultimately futile. The Conservative Party cannot be saved and this has become more and more evident as time has gone on, subsequently resulting in a crisis of alienation and despair for the right.” (Read More)

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How could an independent Scotland join the European Union?

Another question to address is whether Scotland would have to adopt the euro as its currency. Tobias Lock and Kirsty Hughes, writing for European Futures suggest that Scotland ‘would probably have to commit to eventual euro membership, but would not meet the criteria yet.’ They also submit that an independent Scotland would ‘be able to postpone this [adoption of the euro] (probably indefinitely).’ (Read More)

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Article 127: The question of the Single Market

With Theresa May’s Florence speech offering a semblance of calm in Europe, the fact remains that the process of leaving the European Union has only just begun. Indeed, amidst the backdrop of strenuous, prolonged negotiations, lies the small, often underreported piece of legislative verbiage that could prove to be the thorn in the side of Britain. (Read More)

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From conflict to peace: Remembering Martin McGuinness

“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)

Africa

The African AIDS epidemic is the West’s failure

“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)

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Time to reboot the debate on Europe

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)

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Turkey: current developments and ambitions

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)

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Why Obama should stay out of the EU referendum

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

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)

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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)

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From Spain with Love: Referendum reflections

One of the things I struggle to rationalise to political friends and frenemies back home is how I’ve become even more interested in Scottish politics despite having left for Spain. I adore politics, but I’m reminded of Gore Vidal saying, ‘he liked politics too much to get involved in it.’
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‘Crumbling borders restored?’ – The German suspension of Schengen membership

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)

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Insecurity and the Charlie Hedbo murders

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?

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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