Who “Won” the 2019 European Parliamentary Elections?

Written by: Xinyuan Yang The European Parliament election has typically  been considered  a “second order” national election. With issues like Brexit, the rise of populism, and an immigration crisis roiling the bloc in the past years, however, the European Parliament election this year had the highest voter turnout of the past two decades. Unlike national…

The Khartoum Mistake

Written by: Emily Wurst Khartoum – the capital city of Sudan, and the namesake of a process that threatens the wellbeing of thousands. The Khartoum Process, otherwise known as the ‘EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative’, was established in 2014 as a “platform for political cooperation among the countries along the migration route between the…

Murder, Protests, and Resignations: Corruption in the Slovakian Government

Written by: Jack Urban On February 25 Ján Kuciak, a Slovakian investigative journalist for left-leaning Aktuality.sk, and his fianceé, Martina Kušnírová, were murdered in their home in Vel’ká Mača, Slovakia. Seven suspects were arrested in connection with the murders, but all were released without charge.  Before his murder, Kuciak had been looking into the alleged…

Europe’s Digital Tax

Written by: Nishant Sabnis There is currently a debate within the European Union (EU) over a new tax on large technology companies. Called a “Digital Tax” by many of its critics and an “Equalization Tax” by many of its supporters, the possible tax, if levied, would aim to alter how tax revenue is distributed among…

Italian Elections 101: Why You Should Care

Written by: Nick O’Connell Italians head to the polls on March 4. They will be voting for a new Parliament: 630 congressmen and 315 senators. Why is this election important? What at first glance might seem to be just another general election will likely have a significant impact on the future of the European Union…

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’s Only Border

Written by: Ryan Bergal Since Brexit negotiations opened between the United Kingdom and the European Union in June of 2017, the discussion on what to do with the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been, for all intents and purposes, ambiguous. There has been extensive commentary on how the UK will…

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…