Italy and EU Migration Policy

Italy and EU Migration Policy

“Lega and Five Star sit at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but both offered to resolve the migrant crisis by implementing tougher border and immigration controls, which would be contrary to the EU’s position.” George explores Italy’s influence on the EU’s changing migration policy.


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Boris Johnson's Burqa Comments: Evidence of a Divided Nation?

Boris Johnson's Burqa Comments: Evidence of a Divided Nation?

“If the very nature of Johnson’s opinion is indeed offensive, it indicates just how divided the British political spectrum has become.” Sam explores the Boris Johnson’s controversial comments on Denmark’s ‘Burqa Ban’.


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US Reimposition of Sanctions on Iran, Put Simply

US Reimposition of Sanctions on Iran, Put Simply

“With effect from 04:01 GMT on 7th August, measures are to be put into place which target transactions related to the Iranian rial, activities related to Iran’s issuance of sovereign debt as well as other key industries- including its gold trade, and raw materials used in industrial processes.” Charlotte explains the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, and the reimposition of sanctions.


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Trump's Trade Wars

Trump's Trade Wars

“Throughout his Presidential campaign, Mr Trump stressed his commitment to ‘protectionist’ trade policies, in which he wants to protect US industries from foreign competition in the US market. His weapon of choice: taxing products entering the US from its trading partners, widely referred to as trade tariffs.”


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Zimbabwe Election, Put Simply

Zimbabwe Election, Put Simply

For the first time in 16 years, the European Union, Commonwealth and U.S. were allowed to monitor the campaigning and voting. Observers from the EU claim that “a truly level playing field was not achieved,” and pointed to the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation... all in favor of the ruling party." Sophia explains the implications of the election in Zimbabwe.


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What happens when MPs get into trouble with the law, Put Simply

What happens when MPs get into trouble with the law, Put Simply

“But what usually happens when a Member of Parliament breaks the law? To answer this, it’s worth looking at previous examples of this and the consequences that followed.” Matthew explores what happens when MP’s get in trouble with the law.


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The Summer Recess, Put Simply

The Summer Recess, Put Simply

“Many MPs will use this time to focus on serving their constituencies, meeting local residents and weighing in on local issues. If there is a hospital that needs saving or a pothole that needs filling in your area, now might be a good time to contact your MP about it.” Sam Jacobsen explains Parliament’s summer recess.


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Historical Reflections: The Major Era

Historical Reflections: The Major Era

“Historically, John Major will be looked upon kindly by the UK electorate as one of our great post-war Prime Ministers. He may not have had the charisma or dynamism of a Thatcher or Blair, but his considered and balanced approach to governance ensured significant outcomes.” Hugh Dollery analyses the premiership of John Major.


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Cameroon's Colonial Past, Put Simply

Cameroon's Colonial Past, Put Simply

“Although Cameroon has been independent from direct rule since 1960, a large majority of the country’s current issues can be traced back to their experience under the British and French.” Neri explores the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon.


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Erdogan, Dissent and Democracy

Erdogan, Dissent and Democracy

“Therefore, many believe that Turkey’s rediscovery of democracy can only be achieved with Erdogan’s fall from power. Given that he has just secured a new term in office, this seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.” Ayse explores the decline of democracy in Turkey.


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The three lions: uniting a divided nation?

The three lions: uniting a divided nation?

“While recent British politics has seen tensions arising between politicians, with further scare-mongering and resignations in the discussions and debates surrounding Brexit, the World Cup should perhaps be celebrated as a beautiful moment in uniting an apparently divided nation.” Charlotte Davies considers whether football has the power to unite a politically divided nation.


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Elections in Mexico, Put Simply

Elections in Mexico, Put Simply

Following elections on July 1, 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador became the new president of Mexico, set to serve a six-year term. Many are now wondering what the left-leaning populist will achieve in a nation with a history of corruption, violence, and slowing economic growth…


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The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, Put Simply

The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, Put Simply

“When Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation from the US supreme court at the end of June, the Republican administration was presented with a rare opportunity to influence America’s highest federal court for decades to come.” John Cooper explores the implications of Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court.


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Votes of no confidence, Put Simply

Votes of no confidence, Put Simply

“Votes of no confidence are rare. When they fail, it weakens the rebels’ position, and even when they are successful, the consequences are not always clear.” Sam Jacobsen explores the complexities of votes of no confidence in the current political climate.


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Cannabis Legislation in the UK, Put Simply

Cannabis Legislation in the UK, Put Simply

Will the United Kingdom become the next in a string of countries to take the plunge and decriminalise cannabis? That is the question on many lips as the debate about the much-maligned plant returns to the limelight in Britain. 


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Deselections, Put Simply

Deselections, Put Simply

Since 2015, calls for deselections have become louder across the political spectrum. Many hard left Labour activists are now seeking to deselect some of the moderate Labour MPs who’ve criticised Jeremy Corbyn, while some Eurosceptic Conservative Party members are aiming to deselect the pro-EU Conservative MPs who they believe are trying to disrupt the Brexit process…


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