Turkey: Is Erdoğan’s Decision to Open the Country’s Western Border Justified?

Written by: Julie Schneiberg Running his democracy with a “You vote, I win” mentality, president Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey earned himself comparisons to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. President Erdoğan, who co-founded the Islamist AKP (Justice and Development Party) party, has been holding power since the early 2000s. He was criticized for…

Austria Opens Shops as WHO Warns Against Moving Too Fast

Written by: Sophia Halverson As the rest of Europe has been struggling with COVID-19, Austria has mostly flattened the curve and is ready to make decisive steps toward returning to normal. While most countries in Europe were still struggling with whether or not to institute full shutdowns, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for a decisive…

Corbynism Must Live On

Written by: Daniel Zaydman The Labour Party’s Corbyn Era came to an end on April 4th as Keir Starmer beat fellow Members of Parliament Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy in Labour’s leadership election with 56.2 percent of the vote. Labour’s change in leadership comes after the party suffered a major defeat in last December’s general…

The Renaissance of Reunification

Written by: Daniel Zaydman After Labour’s crushing defeat in the United Kingdom’s December general election, many began to write off the possibility of a resurgence of the left in the British Isles. On February 8th, however, the left made historic gains in Ireland. Sinn Féin, the long-time outsider party that once served as the political…

Shrinking Religious Freedom in Europe

Written by: McKenna Ross Religious freedom in developing countries is often called into question, but it is not thought that religious freedom is restricted in developed countries often, such as those in Europe. Increasingly, the freedom of followers of the Islamic faith are being restricted due to islamophobia. In addition, women are usually the target…

Italy’s Declining Cities Amid a Booming Tourism Industry

Written by: Lauren Hutson Many know Venice as a scenic tourist destination in Northern Italy, boasting many historical sites and ancient mosaics. Around 55,000 people live in the historical city, but this number has been steadily decreasing for several reasons. Environmental issues, the rising cost of living, and a rapidly growing tourism industry are forcing…

The Unsteady Alliance: US-Turkey Relations

Written by: Yusuf Ergul Throughout history, the relationship between the United States and Turkey has never been perfect, being more akin to a relationship requiring a great amount of effort and reason to maintain. Originally, a formal partnership started with Turkey’s entry into NATO in 1951, in which the U.S. and Turkey agreed to work…

Sanna Marin: A New Age of Leadership

Written by: Dana Craig Former President Barack Obama recently addressed young female leaders during his remarks at a private speaking engagement: “I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything. If you look at the…