It’s Time for Labour to Pick a Side on Brexit

The Labour Party has watched Prime Minister Theresa May get kicked around by European Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier and her own fraying Cabinet since June of this year. While the party welcomed its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as a conquering hero at its annual party conference in Brighton in late September for his surprise general election gains, May’s prize for forming a coalition government was the public chance for Conservatives to negotiate Brexit. The Labour Party stayed in the shadows during these negotiations, and their position on Brexit is…

Rumors Abound on Latest Brexit Tidbit

The latest Brexit speculation is almost farcical in proportion to the issue. The unrestrained rumors would be laughable if they didn’t point to a larger problem looming for Europe: the British government’s possibly strained relationship with its own people and with other European Union member states. The trouble started earlier this week when an aide leaving a Brexit strategizing meeting made what would normally be an inconsequential mistake by leaving the notebook tucked under her arm flipped open. However, under the current information-starved plight of Europe, this occurrence grew to…

Catalonia: Proud and Prejudiced

In the far-flung region of Northeastern Spain lies an autonomous community comparable in size to the state of Maryland. Catalonia is an economic powerhouse, boasting impressive performance and growth in a country that is on the brink of default. Notwithstanding the region’s economic might, Catalonia’s turbulent past has been ridden with war and been subject to strained relations with Spain. Their cry: independence. Their threat: secession. Catalonia’s separatist movement has been belittled and dismissed as highly implausible by scholars and politicians alike. But after the vote passed on the Cataloania…

The Future of European Political Integration

Since its formation, the European Union has undergone a substantial transformation into the supranational organization it is today. While enlargement, particularly over the past decade, has led many to speculate on when, not if, Europe will turn into a full-fledged political union, significant obstacles that must first be overcome prior to the completion of a union remain. These obstacles include cultural discrepancies among former Soviet-controlled regions as well as massive bureaucratic inefficiencies that have stymied democratic progress thus far. The crux of the issue, however, is perhaps more philosophical than…

The Crimean Crisis and What’s Next for Ukraine

  What started off as anti-government protests against ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych several months ago has escalated to a Russian takeover of the Crimean Peninsula in Southern Ukraine. Both anti-government and pro-government protests began to take place in major cities on the Crimean peninsula and resulted in a hostile takeover of government buildings and the parliament of the Crimean peninsula by pro-Russian forces. This lead to the unconstitutional forming of a new Crimean Parliament and the appointment of Sergey Aksyonov as Prime Minister of Crimea on February 27th, whose…

Unrest in Ukraine: Summarizing the Euromaidan

For over two months now a massive, ongoing protest has been staged in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The protests have been referred to as the Euromaidan. The name originates from the location of the protests, Independence Square, combining Euro for European and Maidan, the Ukrainian word for Square. The protests started on November 21, 2013 when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych suddenly postponed signing an agreement with the European Union (EU) taking the nation and the EU by surprise. The EU-Ukraine agreement was supposed to include an Association Agreement with…