The future of the UK’s relationship with Brussels: Has Cameron wasted a golden opportunity for Britain?

13th December 2015

Recently, David Cameron formally announced his plans to renegotiate Britain’s position within the European Union ahead of the intended referendum. In short, Cameron’s demands focus around four key areas: economic governance, competitiveness, sovereignty and immigration. Provided these conditions are met, the Prime Minister’s stated aim is to campaign “heart and … read more

Home and away: the UK’s response to the Paris attacks

22nd November 2015

I want to start this article off by saying that this is a collection of possible viewpoints which one could rationally conceive as options in terms of the fight against terrorism. All or none of the statements may be correct, and the viewpoints involved may not be rational. Though it … read more

What do the Paris Attacks mean for world order?

19th November 2015

In the wake of the horrific terrorist attack in Paris on Friday 13th November there has understandably been much discussion not just in France but also in Britain as to what can be done to prevent further attacks in future. The attacks have also brought the West’s anti-ISIS strategy to … read more

Paris – What happens now?

16th November 2015

First of all I want to take this opportunity to apologise for my absence over the past month, I actually didn’t plan to return to writing for a few more weeks until I was more settled into my new workplace. Friday night changed that entirely for me. I think everyone … read more

The Paris Tragedy – A tale of two halves

15th November 2015

The response to such a sickening tragedy as the Paris terrorist attacks of Friday 13th is normally a tale of two halves – the small acts of kindness by Paris locals, who opened their doors to those seeking safety via the hashtag ‘porteouverte’, and, on a global scale, monuments around … read more

Kosovo joining UNESCO: Why they should win the vote

8th November 2015

Update: Kosovo received 92 ‘Yes’ votes; they needed 95 votes for the absolute majority that they were required to have to join UNESCO. In the somewhat dreary bar in central Pristina, where I spent the first week of the 2014 Football World Cup, I noticed that during the Spain-Netherlands game that many … read more

The EU referendum: Easy as in or out?

31st October 2015

The EU is one of the most divisive issues in British politics. The British people have another opportunity to recast the UK-EU relationship. Europe and referendums have long been connected in British politics, and in 1975, two thirds of the British voters elected to remain in the then European Economic … read more

The Euro – The biggest threat to the European project?

30th October 2015

The refusal of Portuguese president Anibal Cavaco Silva to allow a coalition of left parties to form a government is just the latest development in Europe that should send alarm bells ringing for the European left. The refusal of two members of the troika to concede any ground to the … read more

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