A Deeper Look into Brexit’s “Calamity”

One month ago, I boarded a plane headed towards London for a semester abroad. By stepping into the cabin of my Delta airliner, I was leaving one country where the incoming administration was producing a political climate clouded by uncertainty and entering another where the prospect of future European cooperation appeared dismal. At this point in time, the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” moment was the equivalent of the United States’s Donald Trump moment. Both represented the wavering fragility of our current geopolitical state. Yet, today, I find my preconceived notions wrong…

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…

Would a “Brexit” break Britain?

The issue of Britain remaining in the European Union and the consequences of a potential British exit — sometimes shortened to “Brexit” — from the European Union, have come to the forefront of public debate with the upcoming referendum vote this June. While some say that Britain’s egress from the EU would benefit it economically, others argue that the opposite is true, and that there would be detrimental economic consequences for Britain and Europe. In truth, the issue is much more complex and multifaceted. A possible Brexit must be looked…

European Myopia: The Resurgence of the European Right

If the post-war period can be credited with the rise of liberalism in Europe, the period following the financial crisis of 2008 can be credited with ushering in a new wave of right-wing sentiment. One must juxtapose the two epochs in order to understand the course that Europe is currently on, a course that some say will lead to future conflict. The end of the Second World War brought about the naissance of a new period of political development in Europe. The right-wing governments that had clenched Europe in tyranny…

The Warm Heart of Germany’s Iron Lady

Looking back two years, one can recall the all too familiar sight of the Greek people demonstrating in the streets of Athens, holding up signs depicting Angela Merkel clad in an SS uniform and with a penciled in Hitler mustache. Not withstanding the fact that her actions in dealing with European crises, namely the Greek debt crisis, have divided Europe, some see her as the new ‘Iron Lady’ of the European Union. For the past ten years, she has governed Germany rationally, thoughtfully, and pragmatically. Some have criticized Merkel for…

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…