Youth Parliament 2015
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Young People Need More Politics in School

Making domestic and international politics a key component of secondary education would improve political engagement of young people in the UK.  

GCSE

Politics should become a mandatory core subject at GCSE level and Scottish equivalent. There is currently no option to do this, the closest options given at this level are either ‘citizenship’ or ‘modern studies’ …

Viktor Orban. Photo: Europa Pont
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It’s Time for the EU to Stand Up for Liberalism

Viktor Orban. Photo: Europa Pont

Having been relegated to the sidelines of political debate, the rise of right-wing populist parties and movements in Europe has begun to attract more and deserved attention. For some time, this populism seemed to be concentrated in the adolescent democracies of central and eastern Europe. What’s more, several years ago …

Marine Le Pen at a Front National rally. Photo: Blandine Le Cain.
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Considering Three Different Approaches to Populism in Europe

Marine Le Pen at a Front National rally. Photo: Blandine Le Cain.

Populist radical right parties are nothing new in Europe. Since the Second World War, they have always emerged sporadically during times of economic hardship. These victories have always been short-lived as economic conditions improve and such populist anti-establishment parties fail to sustain their …

Brick Lane street sign in English and Bengali. Photo: James Cridland
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Britain Must Harness the Language Skills of Its Diasporas

Brick Lane street sign in English and Bengali. Photo: James Cridland

The UK has a palpable and worrying deficit of language skills. Our judgement of foreign language necessity appears to be clouded by the notion that ‘everyone speaks English’. A 2013 investigation by the Confederation of British Industry reported that just 2% of British companies …

Flagging support. Photo: Dave Kellam
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Here’s How You Should Vote in the EU Referendum

Flagging support. Photo: Dave Kellam

With the realisation that the 18-34 vote could swing the UK’s June 23 referendum on membership of the EU, there have been a lot of ham-handed attempts to recruit young voters to either side. Remain unveiled the widely mocked #Votein campaign and tried to harness the pure adrenaline of Ed …

EU Leaders Obama
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Sorry Brexiteers: Regional Trade Agreements Are Inevitable

President Barack Obama talks with European leaders before their meeting in Hannover, Germany, April 25, 2016. From left: British Prime Minister David Cameron, the President, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Sovereignty has become a battle cry for those campaigning …

Wounded civilians arrive at a hospital in Aleppo. Photo source: Voice of America News: Scott Bob reports from Aleppo, Syria via Wikimedia Commons
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Syria: Are there any Options?

Wounded civilians arrive at a hospital in Aleppo. Photo source: Voice of America News: Scott Bob reports from Aleppo, Syria via Wikimedia Commons

It seems that not a day goes by without news of fresh tragedy in Syria. Reports have emerged that Islamic State may have been responsible for chemical weapons attacks, two years after …

A view over Kos Town to Turkey in the distance from the Asklepion (by JD554)
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Kos and its Refugees

A view over Kos Town to Turkey in the distance from the Asklepion (by JD554)

I have recently visited the island of Kos which, due to its close proximity to Turkey, has received an influx of refugees. Those in Kos are part of about 230 000 refugees that have arrived in Greek islands (of a …