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Angela Merkel: Europe’s Indispensable Leader

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  By Thomas chambers, Deep in the bowels of the Bundestag there are a number of growing concerns keeping the political class up at night. Angela Merkel’s in tray must be overflowing with issues ranging from Brexit, a resurgent right wing populism and the potential of further Russian aggression to the East. As the most influential nation in the European political landscape, Germany has had to lead a continent, which…

LGBT Rights Under Trump: Whither The Rainbow?

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By Philip Apfel, Deputy Features Editor, In July of this year, Donald Trump made history as the first presidential nominee to ever explicitly pledge to protect LGBTQ people at a Republican National Convention. In October, a picture of him brandishing a rainbow flag at a rally in Colorado went viral. The uninformed onlooker could almost be forgiven for the assumption that we have finally found a Republican president who is…

Brexit and the Renewed Promise of a United Ireland

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By Thomas Chambers A historic mantra of Irish Republicans is that England’s difficulty is Ireland’s opportunity. It is often associated with the rebellion known as the Easter Rising of 1916 as Irish rebels sought to establish their Independence whilst the British were dealing with the great European disaster of World War One. One hundred years on, it is once again British difficulties in Europe which have reignited the debate on…

Taking Back Raqqa

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In June 2014, IS declared the city of Raqqa, in Northern Syria, the capital of their caliphate. Since then it has enticed around 7,000 ISIS fighters, and been a base for the terrorist group’s central planning of attacks, including those in the West, such as last November’s massacre in Paris. It is now also a home to many of the 27,000 foreign fighters, mainly from Europe and North Africa, who…

Obama’s Legacy

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By Stefanos Argyros, Features Editor In 2008, Barack Obama’s election to the most powerful office in the world generated ripples of hope that spread across the world. His political creed, communicated with unparalleled eloquence and grace, was imbued with compassion, self-reflection, and a powerful sense of urgency and responsibility to come together in striving for a better future. His sweeping rhetoric was not meant to be self-fulfilling, but was anchored…

Another Win for the Populists

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By Daniel Shears, Features Editor Donald John Trump has been elected as the 45th President of the United States of America, and the political commentariat are lining up to offer their two cents on why the billionaire business-mogul won, and what the next four years might have in store for the American people. Larry Elliot of the Guardian took the economic position, talking of the “simmering anger” of the disadvantaged…

Republican Climate Change Denial is Alive and Well

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By Philip Apfel  Two days ago, the momentous Paris 2015 climate change deal finally came into force. It has been 11 months since 195 countries, including most major global players, came together to adopt the agreement last December. This might sound like a lot of time to some, but, considering that the Kyoto Protocol took about eight years to come into force, 11 months is really rather short. To politically…

Liberal Democracy and the Problem of the Demos

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By Angus Tatchell In a handful of days Donald Trump may become the elected President of the United States of America – the so-called ‘leader of the free world’. At the beginning of the campaign for the Republican Presidential Nomination most people would have thought this prospect absolutely ludicrous. But if there’s one thing that we’ve all learned throughout 2016 it’s that nothing is certain. Previously established orthodoxies the world…

In Defence of the Brexit Judgement

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By Kacper Zajac  On the 3rd of November 2016, the British Government lost its battle before the High Court in judicial review proceedings against a group led by Gina Miller. The Court held that the Government lacked constitutional power under the doctrine of royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 and thereby initiate Brexit without Parliament’s scrutiny. The Court also gave its leave to appeal directly to the Supreme Court which is…

The FBI Reopens Clinton E-Mail Investigation

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By Edward Hockin We’ve seen a fair few scandals during this US election campaign. For Clinton, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation and emails are the recurring stories that blight her campaign, whilst sexism (Access Hollywood tape, and Miss Universe comments), Trump University and the issue of tax returns are just some of the many stains on Trump’s presidential bid. And now, with just days left until election day, Clinton’s emails are…