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Trump's ties to Russia

Russia and Trumps’ top team have again dominated the news headlines this week, but we hear precious little about the continuing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Possibly this is because there can be little resolution until the United States resolves the current uncertainty over sanctions, but the basic facts remain. Crimea is still illegally occupied, and there is still conflict in the Donbass region.

Underlying the situation in Ukraine is a Russian resurgence after the chaotic collapse o…

Sexism outrage in the European Parliament: Have we not come far enough?

On Thursday 2nd, in regards to a debate on equal pay, Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke claimed that ‘women must earn less than men. They are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent, they must earn less’, shocking members in parliament and others globally.

Of course, his statement was met with criticism from many, including Garcia Perez, (MEP from Spain) who retorted ‘I know it hurts and worries you that today women can sit in this house and represent European citizens with the same …

Blair's Back

Tony Blair returned to the spotlight last week, with a speech urging remain supporters to “rise up” and fight for a second referendum. Though Blair acknowledged that the public had indeed voted to leave, he noted they did so without knowledge of the Brexit terms.

From what we’ve heard in recent weeks, a hard Brexit seems to be the path Britain is going down, with some of the consequences of this surfacing e.g. falling value of the pound the former prime minister does make an important point. …

Brexit negotiations: A European perspective

As previously touched upon, the UK might be in a weak position to get itself a favorable deal out of the Brexit negotiations. From the European side things won’t likely become easier with the duration of the negotiations. Inter-institutional relations might come under increased pressure and intra-institutional coordination could come under increased demand for democratic intervention.

One of the key aspects to consider when looking at the Brexit negotiations, which has until now not been very…

The cliff: What role for Britain?

If there is anything we might be able to take from the recent words of Tony Blair, it is that for the current UK government it is Brexit at all cost. This may have very important practical implications for the deal that will be negotiated indeed, assuming of course this deal will be there anyway in the end. Leaving no room open to redraw from the end goal of Brexit may in fact put the UK in a vulnerable negotiating position and also increase the risk of (broader) European disintegration.

Poll…

Tribute: Sir Gerald Kaufman, Father of the House, 1930-2017

I had the privilege to get invited by Sir Gerald Kaufman, Father of the House, to spend a few hours in his office in the Houses of Parliament. I had the honour to interview him on his extraordinary and magnificent political career which endured for half a century. As he’s appointed as Father of the House, he urges younger people to get involved in their local community and shape the world they live in which was at the helm of his preoccupation in his 60 years involvement in politics.

However …

Aaron Banks Expresses Support for Paul Nuttall

When tragedy hits a community it remains, in one way or another, forever. Even the slow drip victims of knife crime, year after year; the individual memorials of flowers and football scarves are reminders of a deeper truth – of communities forgotten in development plans and inward investment. Some tragedies are so appalling, so universally awful, they can unite communities and cultures and become themselves symbols. And this is what happened, 28 years ago in Sheffield, for so many people. For so…

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, met with Donald Trump, becoming the third world leader to visit the President earlier this week. The two countries have had differing opinions of domestic and foreign policy, which were obvious during their press conference. Differences appeared particular on immigration, refugees and trade. Trudeau made it clear in the press conference that Canada’s open door policy to refugees will remain intact, and the relationship with the United States of Americ…

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Trump’s ties to Russia

Russia and Trumps’ top team have again dominated the news headlines this week, but we hear precious little about the continuing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Possibly this is because there can …

Blair’s Back

Tony Blair returned to the spotlight last week, with a speech urging remain supporters to “rise up” and fight for a second referendum. Though Blair acknowledged that the public had indeed voted to lea…

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, met with Donald Trump, becoming the third world leader to visit the President earlier this week. The two countries have had differing opinions of domestic …

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