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 Committees to oversee the government’s work. This is not the result of incompetence. Instead, the Prime Minister appears to be deliberately delaying the release of the r...

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 then formed a pact between his centre-left PSOE and the far-left Unidas Podemos (UP) within 48 hours of the results being declared on the 10th November. His deci...

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 majority, and having completely lost control of the upper house.  

During their first term in power, PiS gained a reputation for pushing through legislation at b...

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 centre of the chaos, there’s the Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez, who can’t even enter hospitals for the freedom protestors and doctors blocking his way.

Why is Ca...

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 political careers in Europe – twice president, twice prime minister and 18 years as the mayor of Paris. Yet, Chirac’s impressive time in office was not without scan...

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