Steady the Ship: EU-US Relationship in the Wake of the Ukraine Crisis

Written by: Aleksander Cwalina The transatlantic relationship is back. In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February, the United States and its European allies in the European Union have marched in lockstep against Russian aggression. This has included sending arms and supplies to embattled Ukraine and severely sanctioning Russia – cutting…

Partygate and British Political Decency

Written by: Nils Peterson Since January 12, 2022, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has continued to fight for his political survival. When the rest of the United Kingdom was in a pandemic-induced lockdown, Number 10 Downing Street hosted parties. The UK police recently contacted the Prime Minister (PM) with a questionnaire to be returned within…

Fourth Covid Wave in Europe Forces Governments to Seek New Options

Written by: Sophia Halverson As Europe struggles with a fourth wave of Covid cases, country governments are once again being forced to make tough choices about how to deal with the virus. While most countries are reluctant to impose yet another lockdown, countries that have done so have been met with fierce demonstrations that have…

Germany’s New Governing Coalition 

Written by: Cameron Yonan Germany’s new government coalition is facing its first major hurdle: The Omicron COVID-19 variant. Will Germany survive another lockdown, or are mandatory vaccines the answer? The incoming government coalition will have to decide a course of action as COVID-19 cases skyrocket in Germany, mainly credited to the emergence of the Omicron…

Who Sits on the Sidelines at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland?

Written by: Kamika Patel In 2015, almost all of the world’s countries pledged to limit global warming “well below” 2 °C compared with pre-industrial levels and to strive to keep temperatures at 1.5 °C by the end of the century as part of the historic Paris Climate Agreement. Scientists warn that any additional warming past…

Newcastle United’s Blood Money Takeover

Written by: Harry Colvin This past October, English football club Newcastle United was purchased by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, emphasizing an ongoing debate about where the line is drawn between western morals and football success. The funding comes specifically from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, run by Yasir Al Rumayyan, who will become a…

A New Prime Minister, a New Czech-Chinese Relationship?

Written by: Audrey McGrory Few countries have been as successful in promoting authoritarian ideals abroad as Russia and China. The two nations have framed themselves as rising global superpowers, eager to spread their brand of capitalism, which lies in state control. Bashing western democracies and their capitalistic economic systems, Russia and China have sought to…