Tag: Angela Merkel

Macron: We Dodged a Bullet, Now Let’s Prevent Future Shots

The world took a sigh of relief as a young new leader emerged from the 2017 French presidential election: Emmanuel Macron. It is important to note that, although the independent candidate passed by 66.1% vs 33.9%, this is still in no…

Another Page in Russia and LGBTQ Rights: The Chechnya Story

Accusations of human rights abuses are nothing new to Russia and most recently, the situation has reached an alarming climax as the Chechnya region in Russia has come under fire for a multitude of reported abuses and persecution of the LGBTQ…

Make Europe Great Again: Martin Schulz takes on Angela Merkel

By all accounts, 2017 was supposed to be an absolutely atrocious year for the liberal left. Coming on the heels of Brexit, the Spanish socialists’ capitulation, Matteo Renzi’s resignation, and, you know, some other stuff, this was supposed to be…

Fourth Time Around: Angela Merkel’s Legacy and Potential

2016 has been complete political mayhem. While the recent elections in the United States was arguably the political climax of the year, it was prefaced by the Panama Papers, an increase of terrorist attacks in Western Europe, the ongoing refugee…

Let Them in, for Goodness Sake!: Negotiation Talks Cease for Turkey’s EU Accession

As one of the Central Powers, the Ottoman Empire found itself on the losing side of the First World War. Shortly after, “the sick man of Europe” underwent a secularist revolution under the guidance of Turkish nationalist, nation-builder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk…

The Migrant Crisis Continues: The EU-Afghan Agreement

Last week, during a period of increased tension in European politics, the European Union (EU) signed a controversial, and arguably anti-humanitarian, deal with the Afghan government to curb migrant flows to Europe. By threatening to withhold vital aid funding to…

Hillary: A New Opportunity for Women’s Rights

As Hillary Clinton soldiers into the home stretch of her presidential campaign, her supporters are ramping up their favourite “why Clinton should win” one-liners. Perhaps the most repeated testimony for Clinton is that “having a woman in the White House…

Germany’s Refugee Lines and Trying Times

In the summer of 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a historic and generous refugee policy allowing thousands of asylum seekers into Germany. It is a decision she continues to stand by strongly. However, Merkel cannot help but acknowledge the flaws…

Joint Action Plan?

You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land… London-based poet Warsan Shire’s “Home” has captured audiences around the world. Each stanza is poignant, carefully crafted with an…