February 19, 2020

Italy is famous for its turbulent politics, for how parties and governments come and go at the whim of the country’s proportional system. Regionalism also plays its part. Not so long ago Matteo Salvini’s League was a party solely for the interests of the country’s nort...

February 17, 2020

After banning smoking in public places and indoor workplaces in late 2019, Austria could be seen to finally be coming into line with the majority of Europe. With so many more states banning the practice, it may seem that Europe is on track to become a smoke-free contin...

February 16, 2020

The Istanbul Canal was first brought to the world’s attention by Erdogan around the year 2011. Although its plan dates to the pre-Erdogan era, it never came to fruition, either due to a lack of resources or because the project’s dangers weren't properly considered. In...

February 13, 2020

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is unprecedented. Not only did it come as a surprise to many European countries, it upset the fundamental unity the EU has been projecting to the rest of the world since its foundation in 1993. With a member state stepp...

February 1, 2020

Vladimir Putin has been in power for over twenty years. Russia is now unimaginable without his shadow silently lurking in the background. His fourth term of office (after taking a short break in 2008 by switching chairs with Dmitry Medvedev) will end in 2024. However,...

January 18, 2020

In November 2019, Boris Johnson blocked the publication of a report into alleged Russian interference in UK democratic politics, including the 2016 EU referendum. Nearly two months later, he still has not released this report, nor has he established any Select Committe...

November 22, 2019

So this is where we are; despite six months of insisting that he wouldn't trigger a general election, Spain's beleaguered Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, then called one barely seven months after the last (and spent over 130 million euros on campaigning later). Sánchez...

November 8, 2019

In Poland’s most recent election, the ruling right-wing party Law and Justice (PiS) narrowly won a second term in office. The election was very close, with PiS only managing to secure 235 seats in the 460-seat assembly of the lower house, failing to increase their majo...

October 27, 2019

Over the past few days, the political tumult surrounding Catalonian independence has finally reached boiling point. Rioters are beginning to face police batons and rubber bullets, whereas Barcelonan hospitals are gradually filling up with injured riot officers. At the...

October 14, 2019

The former French president Jacques Chirac, an icon in France’s political history with seemingly never-ending luck and one of the longest political careers in Europe, has died aged 86. Chirac, who was head of state from 1995-2007, held one of the longest continuous pol...

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