Small Terrorist Attack in France Adds to Big Debate

By: Julie Schneiberg On Friday, March 23th, tragedy struck in Trèbes, France, a small town that lies roughly 60 miles southeast of Toulouse. Islamic extremist Radouane Lakdim, a French-Moroccan of dual citizenship, first hijacked a car where he shot and wounded the driver and killed a passenger. He then proceeded to leave the car in…

German Government Moves To Reduce Pollution, But Is It Enough?

By: Emily Janicik As the global economy continues to industrialize, pollution continues to increase as a result. Many governments have felt pressure to counteract this, particularly in regards to air pollution, with some enacting stricter environmental regulations. In Europe, the European Union has taken steps limit the amount of air pollution by putting caps on…

Italian Elections 101. And Why You Should Care.

By: Nick O’Connell Italians head to the polls on March 4. They will be voting for a new Parliament: 630 congressmen and 315 senators. Why is this election important? What at first glance might seem to be just another general election will likely have a significant impact on the future of the European Union and…

Brexit’s Only Border

By: Ryan Bergal Since Brexit negotiations opened between the United Kingdom and the European Union in June of 2017, the discussion on what to do with the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been, for all intents and purposes, ambiguous. There has been extensive commentary on how the UK will be…

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…

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…