In wealthier, more financially-minded circles, the problems presented by international borders and resultant visas have been negated, transforming citizenship into a free market commodity. In much the same way that American healthcare and British rail services are administered, citizenship is becoming a consumer choice. This is known as ‘golden passporting’: a rather rosy term for…

This article is the part of a series by the IFLRY Climate Change Programme, looking at how different countries are implementing the Paris Agreement. An introduction to the series can be found here. The Mediterranean is one of the regions of the world most threatened by the impact of global warming. Projections forecast an increase…

By: Laura Fagerlund, Perla Hernandez and Larissa Saar On December 2nd, COP24 began in Katowice, Poland. Thousands of people from different countries and sectors gathered to adopt the rulebook for the Paris Agreement. During the first week, Larissa Saar (JuLis) represented IFLRY at the conference, while Perla Hernandez (YLC), Laura Fagerlund (Svensk Ungdom) and Jonas…

Brexit is being consumed by its own clichés. Freedom of Movement must end! cries Theresa May. Yet the Brexit-Ultras are outraged that doing so is reciprocal. We want control of our own laws and money! cries Theresa May. Yet some arch-Brexiteers are furious about losing our decision-making powers. We must leave on 29th March 2019,…

In his book Don’t think of an Elephant cognitive scientist George Lakoff explains how the language used in political debates often predetermines the outcomes of those debates. The reason for this is that different ways of describing something induce in us different ways of understanding an issue. This is very powerful, because even though we…

Until a few weeks ago, nobody was talking about the ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’; a relatively unknown, non-binding UN document on international cooperation in the field of migration. In the last few weeks however, one state after another raised concerns or withdrew from the compact. Now it has become the centre…

This article is the part of a series by the IFLRY Climate Change Programme, looking at how different countries are implementing the Paris Agreement. An introduction to the series can be found here. The Kingdom of Denmark is a small Nordic country situated south of Norway and Sweden, and just above Germany. Denmark has around 5,8 million inhabitants…

In Ukraine, hardly a week passes without news that some radical rightwing activists went on a strike or beat someone up. Hiding behind elusive topics like religion, language, patriotism and war, ultra-radicals continually commit crimes, still worsening Ukraine’s notorious reputation in this respect. And yet, despite all this, many ultra-nationalist organizations continue to grow. A…

This article is the second in a series by the IFLRY Climate Change Programme, looking at how different countries are implementing the Paris Agreement. An introduction to the series can be found here. The Federal Republic of Germany is a parliamentary republic located in central and western Europe between the North and Baltic seas with a mainly temperate…

This article is the first of a series  by the IFLRY Climate Change Programme, looking at how different countries are implementing the Paris Agreement. An introduction to the series can be found here. The Republic of Finland is a Nordic country, and member of the EU, bordering Norway, Sweden, and Russia. Last year, the country turned…