Brexit: The Future of the Irish Border

By Ryan Thiele In a public debate that has engulfed the careers of two Prime Ministers, split parties and the public, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the United Kingdom’s parliament voted to put off Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s newly negotiated deal with the Union until the Brexit withdrawal is delayed and given a new…

All Roads Lead to Beijing

By Ryan Thiele “The ancient silk routes thrived in times of peace, but lost vigor in times of war. The pursuit of the Belt and Road Initiative requires a peaceful and stable environment.”  Those words, expressed in 2017 by President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, were to be the beginning of what…

For the Many, Not the Few: Labour’s Plan to Democratize the Workplace

By Daniel Zaydman In recent months, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the United Kingdom (UK) Labour Party, and his Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell, have unveiled a slew of new economic plans designed to drastically restructure the United Kingdom’s economy and close its soaring wealth gap. One of the most important plans, inclusive…

Wir Schaffen Das: Is it a Reality?

By: Emily Janicik Angela Merkel’s famous slogan “wir schaffen das,” which she originally introduced in 2015 in response to the refugee crisis in Europe, translates in English to “we can do it.” After three years of tackling the difficult issue of world migration, however, many Germans are becoming disillusioned with this sentiment. In 2015, Germany…

Hungary’s Election: What Does This Mean for the EU?

By: Julie Schneiberg On April 8th, 2018, Viktor Orbán won a landslide election for his fourth term as the Prime Minister of Hungary. Orbán, a member of the national conservative Fidesz party, is known for his autocratic behavior and anti-immigration policies. He holds strong relationships with other autocratic leaders, such as Vladimir Putin in Russia…

Gun Violence in Schools: A European Perspective

By: Nick O’Connell Too often, American citizens have experienced mass shootings in schools across the country, with Parkland being the latest example. Pundits, citizens, and politicians all weigh in to denounce these events, but ideas on how to stop this kind of violence often polarize the debate. Gun control is central to this conversation, dividing the…

State Violence and the Palestinian Community

By: Arriana Dawidziak On March 30th, 2018 Israeli Forces and Palestinian protesters clashed, drawing attention to the ongoing Palestinian Occupation in the Middle East. While this has been the most recent news from the Israel-Palestine conflict, it is not the only sign of oppression in the area. The cases of Ahed Tamimi and abuse of…

The Evolution of Trump’s Tariff Proposal

By: Ryan Bergal Trump’s “America first” policy agenda surged to a new pinnacle of protectionism on Thursday, March 1st, when he announced a 25% tariff on all imported steel and a 10% tariff on all imported aluminum. Much speculation has risen since the announcement regarding the impacts of the steel and aluminum tariffs, and there…

Europe’s Possible Digital Tax: Fair or Restrictive?

By: Nishant Sabnis There is currently a debate within the European Union (EU) over a new tax on large technology companies. Called a “Digital Tax” by many of its critics and an “Equalization Tax” by many of its supporters, the possible tax, if levied, would aim to alter how tax revenue is distributed among EU…