Northern Europe’s unfair Euro advantage – Christian Holm

All too often I see Northern European liberals and conservatives blaming the people of Southern European states such as Greece for their current economic misery, and suggesting that if Greece lowered wages enough and deregulated enough, economic recovery would be…

We’ll always have Paris, but it’s not enough – Anna Abrahamsson

Why the EU needs to step up its 2030 game: In December, world leaders gathered at Le Bourget, Paris, for the UN climate negotiations, COP21. After both tense and intense negotiations, the international community managed to put together – for…

We should be demonstrating for TTIP, not against – Anders Rehnberg

The United States and The European Union are currently negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, commonly referred to as TTIP, that aims to create the world’s largest free-trade zone. The ideas behind TTIP are straight forward, to simplify trade…

Normative Power; Europe and Same-sex marriage – Jorge de Jesus

The European Union and its member states have made huge strides in the past few decades with regards to the development and implementation of human rights. Its adherence to fundamental human rights is most clearly reflected in its active attempts…

Millennial Europe: the Referendum Era – Ralph Aerts

In the past decade, Europe has seen it’s citizens become more vocal about the institutional nature of the EU. Next April a consultative referendum will be held in the Netherlands about the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. Ruling political parties and mainstream…

Human Rights Have No Gender, but Women Are Particularly Vulnerable – Laura Neijenhuis

In her introductory speech for the Women’s Rights Award 2016, Anne Brasseur, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, underlined how important fighting for Human Rights is. “Betraying and losing our values is betraying and losing…

Constitutional reforms in Armenia; before and after the referendum – Mariam Muradyan

On December 6th, 2015 a nationwide referendum was held in Armenia. People voted for or against constitutional reforms. “No” got only 32% of the vote and “yes” got 63%. Notably, there were significant differences in outcome within the country, “No”…

IFLRY conquering world politics: #1 Council of Europe – Christian Scharling

This article is written as a diary piece, giving a personal view on the busy schedule of an IFLRY President. The article follows IFLRY President Christian Scharling on his latest trip to Strasbourg for the induction course of the Advisory…

What the Paris Agreement means for Ukraine – Svitlana Norets

The consequences of global climate change are increasingly felt in Ukraine. Over the past 20 years the average annual temperature has risen by 0,8⁰C, and the average temperature in January and February by 1-2⁰C. This has led to changes in…

Portuguese Presidential Elections: Chaotic (and amusing), yet predictable – Jorge de Jesus

On the 24th January, Portuguese citizens will be going to the polls to elect the fifth democratically-elected president since the 1974 Carnation Revolution. These elections will mark not only the end of the second term of right-wing President Cavaco Silva,…