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The new unknown: what’s got Poland so scared?

The end of communist rule marked a new era for nationalism in Poland. Since 1989, the country’s key political goals have been the maintenance of national sovereignty and the minimization of external influence. Nowhere has Poland’s nationalism been more visible in recent years than in its debate regarding the EU …

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4 Territorial Disputes you didn’t know about

  The territorial conflict in the South China Sea has shown the world how tensions still arise over unsettled border disputes. Whilst conflicts between some of the world’s powerful nations receive lots of attention, they are far from the only territorial conflicts out there. Here are some frightening, surprising and …

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Bialowieza – logging in the name of forest protection

Along the border between Poland and Belarus lies Europe’s last primeval forest, Bialowieza. Sadly, however, a rising presence of bark beetles has become an alarming threat to the ancient forest according to polish officials. Their response? A massive increase in logging by 2021. This decision has caused an outcry among …

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Fear & Loathing in the EU

Imagine you are Hunter S. Thompson, dug up from the grave to write one last novel on the current state of Europe. Now, of course, you are not prepared for this assignment – no doubt looking terribly pale and in need of an energy drink or 20 just to bring you back to life …

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Turkey’s role in the Middle East – The return of the Ottomans or just a merchant of death?

Since the beginning of the fighting in Syria in 2011, Turkey has been determined to remove the government of Bashar al-Assad. The explicit goal was to install a Sunni led government in Damascus. This in turn implied a departure from the “zero problems with neighbours” policy doctrine in Turkey, dating …

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Catching Up On LGBT Rights: Italy One Vote Closer to Same-Sex Marriage

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised a bill on same-sex marriage when he came into office in 2014. Yet only one year later, Italy was found to be violating human rights  by the ECHR  for failing to offer sufficient legal protection to same sex-couples. Whilst European countries, such as Ireland …

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EU labelling of Israeli settlement products – opening the door for boycott?

In November 2015, the European Union (EU) decided to make it mandatory for its member states to label some of the products produced in Israeli settlements. The decision has strained EU-Israeli relations and led to the EU’s exclusion from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The significance of the decision has been …

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Catalonia – A New Nation on the Rise?

Growing nationalism and desire for independence have turned the Spanish region of Catalonia into a political “hot potato”. With the emerging possibility of a Catalan independence, many have questions regarding what will happen. The future of 7.5 million Catalans and one of the most famous football clubs is at stake. …

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Russian Aggression or Western Expansion?

Ever since the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict there has been numerous discussions concerning the future of the West’s relationship with Russia. The debate stretches back to 2008 when Russia invaded Georgia, as a response to the actions of the pro-West and pro-NATO president Saakashvili. Currently what is the situation …

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The Arctic: A Bullish Market for the Russian Bear?

There has been much talk centered around the industrialization of the Russian arctic zone[1], but much less on the effect that this will have on the arctic environment and the communities living there. This portion of the arctic is home to 4 million people, many of whom are descendants of …

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