On 31 January 2020, the UK left the EU – bringing the tumultuous three-and-a-half year process to an end. As the EU prepared to begin negotiating a new UK-EU trade deal, it was also hoping for a period of recalibration. The UK had long been the bloc’s “awkward” member and, with the new Commissioner Ursula…

Since the public revelation of NCOVID19 in January 2020, there has been a steep rise in cases of phobia induced racism all around the world. While it’s normal for people to fear the unknown, what makes things worse is the spread of fake news and wild conspiracy theories. I came back to Pakistan (my home…

Afghanistan has been in conflict since 1978. In 1979 the Soviets invaded, to prop up the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. When they left ten years later, a lengthy and brutal civil war followed (or rather continued), in which different factions – backed by different foreign powers – vied for control of the country. The United…

IFRLY’s Climate Change Programme recently concluded their online-project #ClimateAlphabet. Here, you can find the full (text) compilation, with explanations for key climate concepts from A to Z and reflections on the challenges each component plays presents to the overall issue: Atmosphere is the layer of gases, commonly known as air, that protects life on Earth by…

Nikolay Artemenko is the Federal Coordinator of Vremya, a Russian youth movement that started in St Petersburg, and now has local branches in 19 different russian cities. He has been active in both youth and regular politics for a number of years, has run for various political offices, and coordinated Kseniya Sobchak’s presidential campaign in…

According to the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, access to adequate housing and shelter is a fundamental human right. Despite the U.N.’s declaration, however, stable housing is an elusive concept for a growing number of global citizens. And it doesn’t matter if a country is a developed, thriving nation; homelessness is…

On the 2nd of March Israel held parliamentary elections for the third time in one year. Between the outbreak of Coronavirus, the Middle East conflict and the indictment of Netanyahu the national elections almost fell into oblivion. Though, unexpectedly, the turnout at the election is estimated to have been relatively high. Previous elections in April…

Besides the European Union, there is another, less well-known regional international organisation called the Council of Europe (CoE). Its stated aim is to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. The organisation has a narrower focus and a lot power than the EU, but it has more member states, including Turkey,…

Let’s pretend that you think our voting system sucks. You think plurality-rule, first-past-the-post, winner-takes-all elections lead to dirty tactics and partisanship. You hate when candidates whom a majority voted against wins the race anyways. (Seems impossible? Imagine a candidate wins 40% of the vote while the remaining 2 gets 30% each. The 40% candidate wins…