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Spain : A year without a government

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By Eponine Howarth  The political deadlock in Spain continues as parties are unable to agree on the formation of any coalition after a general election in December 2015 and one in June 2016. After the most recent elections in June, the Conservative Party (PP – Partido Popular) failed to reach a majority, again. The Partido Popular, however, managed to increase its proportion of votes from 29% to 33% (123 to…

Should the European Union adopt a Common European Army ?

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By Eponine Howarth  The weekly newspaper “New Europe” published an article entitled “Germany says it’s time for a European Defence Union” on September 8th 2016. Indeed, Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Defence Minister, said so while on NATO business in Vilnius, Lithuania. The idea of a European Defence Community, aiming for common institutions, a common budget and a common army, had been proposed by the French Prime Minister, René Pleven,…

Corbyn’s victory is another dying scream of progressive politics in Britain

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By Joe Perry  And so, the inevitable happened. Nobody was really surprised when the result was announced, and Jeremy Corbyn had been re-elected leader of the Labour Party with an increased mandate – that thing he and his supporters love so dearly, and will demand everyone respects, despite their own failure to do so for past leaders. Neither were people particularly surprised when the first announcements came on Twitter from…

Was Gordon Gekko right? Is greed good?

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By Michal Wolangiewicz It is. Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed – as stated by Gordon Gekko – is right. Greed works. Greed, in all of its forms – for life, for money, for love, knowledge – clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of… corporate social responsibility (CSR). Just few people (even economists) know that afamous “invisible hand of the market” is not – contrary to…

Why it is wrong to think Britain can do it the Swiss way

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Often, way too often, Brexiteers point with the finger at Switzerland claiming it is doing well outside the European Union. But several points about the Swiss model are missing. Equally, terms such as sovereignty, immigration or democratic deficit are over used neglecting the context. Or, simply politically abused. As a Swiss citizen studying EU Politics, I aim at describing the Swiss model and why it cannot be what Brexiteers want….

Interview with 2015 Young African Achiever: James Woods Nkhutabasa

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor. 

In Conversation with Baroness Shirley Williams on the EU referendum

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By Joseph Briers, News Editor.  

Panama Papers: Interview with Vice President of Panama

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor.    

Interview with Steven Erlanger

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By Taryana Odayar and Alexander Hurst. 

Re-Examining the UK’s Role in the Refugee Crisis

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By Stefanos Argyros, Features Editor More than 650 000 refugees and asylum seekers have undertaken the perilous journey to Europe, hoping for a better future,one of security and dignity where they will be able to live unfettered from the oppression of an authoritarian regime and the spectre of war. As the seemingly intractable conflicts in Syria and beyond wear on, the influx of refugees and asylum seekers will not subside….