UK Conservatives fail to gain a majority in shock General Election

The British Conservative Party has lost its 2015 majority, in what was a striking rebuttal of Theresa May’s attempt to increase her majority and strengthen her negotiating position for Brexit. Luckily for the Tories, they will most likely be able to form a coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. Theresa May has …

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Trump and human rights, a very “special” relationship

On Tuesday it was announced that the United States will consider withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The reason stated was that the council was strongly criticizing Israel, a key US ally while remaining silent on Venezuela and Iran. In an article published by the Washington Post, the US ambassador to the UN …

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Far-right nationalism is dealt a second blow, as Le Pen is defeated in France

Emmanuel Macron is the new President of France, after winning 66% of the vote in yesterday’s election. This is Macron’s victory as much as it is Le Pen’s defeat, voters rejecting her nationalist-populist platform. Macron managed to win in almost every regional district, marking a landslide victory that hasn’t been seen in France since Jacques …

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The importance of standards for the global economy and how the EU should utilize them

This article argues that through supporting and leading the development of industrial standards for emerging technologies, the EU could help build a competitive edge for the European economy in the global market. When one hears the phrase "international standard", death by bureaucracy and other unpleasant phrases come to mind; which is a shame as standards …

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A Commentary on the recent judgement of the European Court of Justice on the ban of the Muslim headscarf

About two weeks ago the European Court of Justice decided, that a company was allowed to ban its employees from wearing religious symbols, such as the Muslim headscarf. The ruling was made after Asma Bougnaoui had claimed that the dismissal from her workplace, that occurred as a direct consequence of her wearing a headscarf was …

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The Result of the Dutch election marks the beginning of the end for right-wing populism

The Dutch General Election of March 2017 marked the victory of Mark Rutte’s VVD, and more importantly, it represented a notable rejection of Geert Wilders and his populist, nationalist, Eurosceptic PVV. Despite opinion polls having the PVV leading on occasion even by 10 points, Wilders lost the election by 8.2% and will not be a …

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