“Wir schaffen das”: Is it a reality?

Written by: Emily Janicik Angela Merkel’s famous slogan “wir schaffen das,” which she originally introduced in 2015 in response to the refugee crisis in Europe, translates in English to “we can do it.” After three years of tackling the difficult issue of world migration, however, many Germans are becoming disillusioned with this sentiment.  In 2015,…

German Government Moves To Reduce Pollution, But Is It Enough?

Written by: Emily Janicik As the global economy continues to industrialize, pollution continues to increase as a result. Many governments have felt pressure to counteract this, particularly in regards to air pollution, with some enacting stricter environmental regulations. In Europe, the European Union has taken steps to limit the amount of air pollution by putting…

Brexit Negotiations Intensify As First Phase Concludes

Written by: Emily Janicik As the European Union and the United Kingdom close the first round of negotiations this week, Britain is one step closer to fully exiting the EU. After Prime Minister Theresa May of the UK and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made a joint announcement that the two parties have made “sufficient…

EU Strengthens Military Operations in Times of Tension

Written by: Emily Janicik With confusion and uncertainty clouding the future of the European Union after Brexit and increasing terrorist attacks, conflicting signs of the EU strengthening have emerged.  On Nov. 13th 2017, 23 out of the 28 member countries agreed to merge military funding, specifically for equipment, research, and development. The agreement, known as…