Europe


Improving The West’s Relationship With Africa: Lessons From Africa-China Relations?

In the wake of turbulent trade agreements and international controversy, China continues to focus on its relationship with Africa. During the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in Beijing in September last year, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the continuing investment into the continent from China. […]


Yellow Vest Protests In France Show No End In Sight: Could Sortition Be Part Of A Solution?

The yellow vest protests in France have entered their 8th week with a resurging number of protesters. The protests November 17 with an estimated 290,000 demonstrators, according to France 24. Numbers decreased during the holiday period, but were back up to about 50,000 last Saturday, according to Reuters. Violence between […]


European Union Imposes Sanctions On Iran

The European Union has enacted sanctions of two Iranian officials and a unit within the Iranian Intelligence Ministry following assassinations in the Netherlands and attempted attacks in Denmark and France. The sanctions have placed the intelligence unit and the individuals on the EU terrorism list in addition to freezing their […]


Italy’s Salvini Decree Is Forcing Thousands Into Homelessness And Insecurity

Italy’s populist, centre-right government has begun the implementation of its newest piece of legislation, the Salvini Decree, and its effect on the lives of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers is becoming clear. The Decree was passed into law in late November, reinforcing the anti-migrant rhetoric of Italy’s new government coalition. […]


How An Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church Could Have Geopolitical Ramifications 1

In October, Eastern Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Bartholomew I declared the Ukrainian Church’s independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. The Istanbul-based leader, considered “first amongst equals,” granted the Ukrainian Church a “Tomos of Autocephaly,” which allows the Ukrainian Church full independence. This has resulted in the largest schism in the […]


Hungary Introduces New ‘Slave Law’ Despite Growing Opposition

Supporting another highly controversial law, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been met with a series of protests brewing across the nation. On December 20, 2018, Hungarian president Janos Ader passed a highly controversial labor law commonly referred to as the “slave law” by its critics. The law allows employers to […]