Angela Merkel’s CDU Is Still Not Sure How It Feels About Muslims

Sep 29, 2020

In a 2018 government declaration, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted to growing voices within her party who questioned her policies during the refugee crisis by stating that “There is no question that the historical character of our country is Christian and Jewish. But … with 4.5 million...

Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?
Sep 29, 2020

Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

As Europe Weakens, Turkey Is on the Rise
Sep 29, 2020

As Europe Weakens, Turkey Is on the Rise

Getting an Education in the Age of COVID-19
Sep 25, 2020

Getting an Education in the Age of COVID-19

Buzzfeed Reveals a Banking Virus That Could Become a Pandemic

Buzzfeed Reveals a Banking Virus That Could Become a Pandemic

Sep 23, 2020

Buzzfeed has made what many take to be a shocking revelation about how the world’s most powerful financial institutions skirt morality and the law. Others who have followed the activities of the biggest international banks over recent decades may simply wonder why anyone should be surprised....

QAnon: A Conspiracy for Our Time

QAnon: A Conspiracy for Our Time

Sep 22, 2020

Those of us who, in the late 1980s and 1990s, frequently traveled in the United States might recall being approached by young men, dressed for business in suits and ties, at major airports. They distributed tracts and asked for contributions. No, they were not Mormons but followers of Lyndon...

Is Switzerland’s Air2030 Program the Right Choice for the Country?

Is Switzerland’s Air2030 Program the Right Choice for the Country?

Sep 22, 2020

Various international media have reported on Switzerland’s current defense procurement, the largest in its history. Switzerland’s goal is to redefine the defense of its national airspace in a program called Air2030. They will determine what aircraft the Swiss air force will fly for the...

Spain’s Monarchy Is at a Crossroads Amid Corruption Scandal

Spain’s Monarchy Is at a Crossroads Amid Corruption Scandal

Sep 21, 2020

The former king of Spain, Juan Carlos de Bourbon, is facing growing allegations of corruption from Spanish public prosecutors. The current scandal will have an unprecedented impact on the future of the Spanish monarchy, an opaque institution that has been for many years shielded from public...

COVID-19 Drives Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia

COVID-19 Drives Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia

Sep 18, 2020

For the past decade, I have been researching the impact of Islamophobia on social media. After the outbreak of COVID-19, I was commissioned, alongside my colleague Roxana Khan Williams, by the chair and independent members of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group to produce an evidenced-based...

Nord Stream 2: Leverage Against Russia?

Nord Stream 2: Leverage Against Russia?

Following the poisoning of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent from the Novichok group, the possibility of using Nord Stream 2 to put pressure on Russia has been widely discussed. Specifically, there are calls to abandon the project, to impose a moratorium or to...

Failing to Protect the Independence of the European Commission

Failing to Protect the Independence of the European Commission

Sep 14, 2020

I have always believed that the independence of members of the European Commission (EC) was a keystone of successful European integration. Commissioners are obliged by their oath of office to seek a European solution to problems, rather than just seek a balance between conflicting national...

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

Sep 11, 2020

On September 2, German authorities stated that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. Since August 22, Navalny has been treated at the Charité university hospital in Berlin, where he was transported from Russia in an induced...

The Mechanics of Discontent Visible in Berlin

The Mechanics of Discontent Visible in Berlin

Sep 11, 2020

The vacuum of leadership and the visible missteps throughout much of the Western world have turned developed nations into a fertile ground for what some people see as the resurgence of modern versions of fascism. Until the past few months, such a statement would have sounded provocative at best,...

Did a French Far-Right Thinker Predict 2020?

Did a French Far-Right Thinker Predict 2020?

Sep 10, 2020

The year 2020 has thrown the world into disarray, with a severe pandemic creating many unforeseen challenges. The COVID-19 plague has so far infected nearly 30 million people worldwide, with the death toll climbing toward a million. With rising unemployment and sector-specific industry...

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