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Is same sex marriage at the end of the rainbow for Ireland?

Today, May 22nd 2015 will be a day to go down in history. The Republic of Ireland, a country that only officially decriminalised homosexuality in 1993, is holding a referendum on same-sex marriage. If the suggested change to the constitution passes, Ireland will become the first country to allow same-sex …

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Nuclear Waste Management: Towards a gloomy future?

The question about how to manage nuclear waste is as old as the technology itself, however no definite solution has yet been found with regards to long-term storage. Many proposals to create infrastructure that lasts for millennia, necessary for the high-level radioactive waste to become harmless, have been discussed with …

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Referendum in Slovakia – Is Gay Marriage a Red Herring?

In February 2015, Slovakia held a referendum against gay marriage with a record low turnout. Is the Slovak population so indifferent about human rights? Or does it rather have to do with political tactics? The discussion on gay rights might simply be a red herring to obscure other social and …

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Trapped Asylum Seekers in Europe: The Dublin Regulation

There is a large number of asylum seekers and refugees who are attempting to find a better life in Europe. They are often middle-class, well-educated people fleeing conflict or persecution in their home countries and are looking for refuge because their own countries have become unliveable. After spending their savings …

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No cure for anti-vaccine hysteria?

In 2014, the United States has seen the greatest number of measles cases since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. The same trend can also be seen in many European countries. For that reason, the discussion about vaccination is back on the agenda and with it a debate about …

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The Rise of Resistance – will the bacteria strike back?

Antibiotic resistant bacteria – this feared killer has for a long time been a catastrophe in the distant future. But it is increasingly clear that this is no longer only a warning for future generations, resistant bacteria are already here and the number of deaths because of them is growing …

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It’s CO2mplicated: Outcomes of the UN Climate Summit

Last September in New York, right in the midst of fashion week, a perhaps slightly more serious gathering took place at the UN headquarters: the largest UN Climate Summit to date. Leaders from all over the world gathered to demonstrate their ambition to stop global warming. Not only by focusing …

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Popular Populism – The Success of Populist Parties Explained

Populism has existed since the dawn of politics and many historical consequences – ‘good’ and ‘bad’ – have been ascribed to it. Presently, Europe is experiencing a surge of popularity towards populist parties, often dubbed right-wing, which in turn leaves conventional parties struggling to remain in power. Ideology aside, the …

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Stumbling Towards a Brexit?

A referendum about the UK’s exit from the EU was proposed by a prime minister positive towards membership, backed by a party supporting membership and made more likely by international politicians wanting to keep the UK in the EU. Is Britain and the EU accidentally being pushed apart? The European …

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A Palestinian State: “To Be or Not To Be?”

On October 30, Sweden officially recognized the state of Palestine, becoming the first European country to do so and joining the 134 countries, mainly from the developing world that already recognized Palestine since its proclamation in Algiers in 1988. More than a symbolic step towards the Palestinian people, the Swedish …

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