A Landsgemeinde, or assembly, of the Canton of Glarus, on 7 May 2006, Switzerland by Adrian Sulc viaWikimedia Commons
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Should the UK be like Switzerland?

A Landsgemeinde, or assembly, of the Canton of Glarus, on 7 May 2006, Switzerland by Adrian Sulc via Wikimedia Commons

When we look at the British political system, British citizens would believe that we have one of the best systems. To an extent this may be true, however how much more can we as individuals do to …

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UK Election 2015: A Summary of Foreign and Defence Policy

Photo: Kevin Gordan (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Although issues such as safeguarding the National Health Service (NHS) and the economy have dominated the current election campaign in Britain, each of the main political parties policies on Foreign Affairs and Defence are worthy of examination before 7th May. As the rise of Islamic State in the Middle …

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The changing landscape for Energy in Europe

Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline Map, Genti77 via Wikicommons

During the last months major changes have been taking place in the sector of energy security strategy in the European continent. While the EU has adopted a framework for its energy strategy until 2030, quickly changing international developments have created a sense of urgency to act. Various …

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Fair Trade, Free Trade and contradictory politics of the UK and EU

From the Fairtrade Foundation Campaign `Pushed into Poverty: Stand by Sugar Cane Farmers`

The UK election approaches and the focus on domestic issues dominate discussions in the media. In manifestos and debates the parties have been preoccupied with defence and security. On global economic development there is a general commitment to maintaining 0.7 percent of …

Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on immigration at the JCB Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire on 28 November 2014 - Arron Hoare - Flickr Creative Commons
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Let’s not pull the plug on the EU, let’s make Britain multi-culturally great

Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on immigration at the JCB Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire on 28 November 2014 – Arron Hoare – Flickr Creative Commons

Britain’s relationship with the European Union is in a sorry state.

In 2014, our Prime Minister, David Cameron, vehemently and very publicly expressed his opposition to Jean Claude Juncker’s …

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The Uncertain Future of Belgian Defence

A Belgian F-16, ironbirdphotography via Flickr Creative Commons

 

The Belgian Armed Forces is on an important crossroad that threatens its operational ability to be a highly adaptive and effective fighting force. The Belgian government late last year announced an unprecedented cut of 1.55 billion euros over the next five years to the defence budget. Rationalised …

Jihadi John - Photo from Rod Ardehali's Article via The Telegraph
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A “Jihadi Johns” factory built in Europe

Jihadi John – Photo from Rod Ardehali’s Article via The Telegraph

ISIS appeared on the international scene as a natural disaster that no one expected and by which everyone felt shocked and demoralised. Terrifying shots of public executions and the beheadings of American journalist James Fouley and other captives have created an atmosphere of fear …

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Tunisia’s 3000: why have so many gone to join the Islamic State

Protests in Tunis, scossargilbert via Wikimedia Commons

Tunisia, often seen as the lone success story of the Arab Spring, has seen 3000 nationals go to fight for the Islamic State (IS). This is a thousand more than Jordan, which is closer, and five hundred more than Saudi Arabia, which is “a traditional jihadist hotbed with …