Brexit Negotiations Intensify As First Phase Concludes

By: Emily Janicik As the European Union and the United Kingdom close the first round of negotiations this week, Britain is one step closer to fully exiting the EU. After Prime Minister Theresa May of the UK and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made a joint announcement that the two parties have made “sufficient progress,”…

In Today’s Global Climate, The Threat Of Nuclear War Is Looming: Who Will Be Safe?

By: Chandrea Baster With global tension rising due to disputes over Iran’s nuclear program, Russia’s increasingly aggressive nature, North Korea’s alarming threats, and Donald Trump’s commentary on foreign affairs, it is not surprising that many countries have recently felt the need to commence safety training for their citizens. With the severity of these threats quickly…

EU Strengthens Military Operations Amid Rising Tensions

By: Emiliy Janicik With confusion and uncertainty clouding the future of the European Union after an increasing number of terrorist attacks and Brexit, signs of a strengthening EU have emerged. On Nov. 13th, 2017, 23 out of the EU’s 28 member countries agreed to merge their military funding for equipment, research, and development. The agreement, known…

Overview of the Catalan Political Crisis

By: Meghan Howard There was a referendum held in Catalonia on October 1st over whether its territory, including Barcelona, should become independent from Spain. Ever since Francisco Franco’s death in 1975, wherein partial sovereignty was handed back to Catalonia, the degree to which the region should maintain autonomy has been debated. In a referendum on…

Uncertainty Looming in Germany & Beyond

By: Ryan Bergal Time’s 2015 Person of the Year and widely-renowned “leader of the free world” is entering a period of uncertainty. Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, earned her fourth term as the nation’s head of government after the parliamentary elections on September 24, but the results did not leave Merkel or the Christian Democratic Union…

The Split Between Spain and Catalonia

By: Ron Steinhoff The cries for independence from Spanish regional governments are nothing new. A nation with a long history as an imperial power for most of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, Spain is no stranger to having its own citizens defy the governing body in Madrid. In spite of this history, the current constitution…

The Caribbean in Europe: Prospects for a Jamaica Coalition in Germany

By: Leo Polwein On the 24th of September, elections for the German legislative body, the Bundestag, took place. This election was very special for me, as I was able to vote in a national election for the first time. This eventful election has prompted major changes in German politics, and it seems that the next…

Faceless or Voiceless? Banning Burqas in Denmark

By: Eva Branson After years of on-and-off contemplation, the Danish coalition government (Conservative Party, the Liberal Alliance, and Liberal Party) and its support party, the Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti), is finally endorsing what people are calling “The Burqa Ban.” The bill includes a ban on all full-facial coverings, including niqabs and, as the name…

Towards A Prosperous, Healthy World

By: Ryan McGuine In the year 2000, the United Nations (UN) adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration, a document that established the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the world to accomplish by 2015. Although not every goal was accomplished, many acknowledge the value of delineating a set of targets, which galvanized international efforts and…

Macron on the Move

By: Annie Schoenfeldt After an election cycle fraught with contention and uncertainty, the French rallied to choose their next president: Emmanuel Macron. The 39-year old, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon,[1] emerged as a clear victor with almost two thirds of the vote. His victory over Marine Le Pen of the National Front marks a pivotal moment…