Category: Europe

Theresa May After Brexit: A Rock and a Hard Place?

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. For the United Kingdom, the Brexit vote represents one of the most cataclysmic shifts in British politics – the relatively stable years of David Cameron’s tenure as Prime Minister quickly shifted to a more uncertain future under Theresa May. Initially, May looked… Read more »

The Collapse of European Far-Right Parties?

On September 24th, the 2017 German federal election took place as the people of Germany voted for their 19th Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, electing a Chancellor in the process. In the aftermath, Angela Merkel, after a hard-fought campaign, secured her fourth term as Chancellor. Nevertheless, her victory was bittersweet, overshadowed by… Read more »

The Constitutional Crisis in Spain

The images circulating from Cataluña today are unnervingly reminiscent of another era. Not since the dissolution of Francisco Franco’s fascist state in the 1970s has Spain looked like this. Following orders from the central Spanish government in Madrid, hundreds of members of the Guardia Civil and Policía Nacional, helmeted and dressed in black riot gear,… Read more »

Maybe Mélenchon: France’s Dark Horse

As the first round of the French presidential election draws near, it seems commentators everywhere are holding their collective breath. Most are all too willing to point out the close parallels between far-right candidate Marine Le Pen’s and Donald Trump’s populist insurgencies, but just as many are equally unwilling to believe the same could happen… Read more »

France, America, and the Politics of Character

Just after the third presidential debate, I called my grandfather, curious about his reaction to President-elect Donald Trump’s victory. As I typed Paris’s area code into my phone, my grandfather’s voice echoed in my head. I pictured the ultra-conservative 72-year-old yelling “crooked Hillary!” in his thick French accent as though he coined the saying. I… Read more »

The Intermodal Jungle

The Port of Calais is situated in northern France on the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point on the English Channel, and consequently, the gathering ground for refugees hoping to reach the United Kingdom. The “Jungle” is a sprawling refugee encampment that houses migrants of various origins seeking asylum across the strait. City dwellers and… Read more »

No Mas: Catalonia’s Messy Drive to Independence

The recent Catalan elections have failed to show where the Catalan people stand on the independence question. They have also highlighted the Spanish government’s failure to honor Catalonians’ right to self-determination.

The House of Lords Strikes Back

The Conservatives’ latest plans have hit an unexpected roadblock: the House of Lords. Who are the Lords, and what power do they really have?

The Desecration of November 11

America’s treatment of Veteran’s Day trivializes the dangers of war and does a disservice to the nation’s soldiers – living, dead, and unborn.

British Labour’s Identity Crisis

Leftist Jeremy Corbyn defied overwhelming odds to become the leader of Britain’s Center Left Labour party. Significant challenges lie ahead – many from his own party.