From France to Italy, Hungary to Sweden, voting intentions track the far-right’s rise in Europe

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A little over a year since leader of Fratelli d’Italia Georgia Meloni rose to power in Italy, the latest data spells out a clear message: she is not the only ultraright politician surfing on voters’ anxieties. In fact, we may be entering a new cycle of far-right extremism across the continent, with heavy stakes for… Continue reading From France to Italy, Hungary to Sweden, voting intentions track the far-right’s rise in Europe

The Structure and Function of the US Congress: A Comprehensive Overview

The United States Congress, the legislative arm of the federal government, is a bicameral body composed of two chambers: the Senate and the House of Representatives. This dual-chamber system, established by the Constitution, balances the representation of states and the populace, ensuring a robust and thorough legislative process. Each chamber has distinct roles, responsibilities, and… Continue reading The Structure and Function of the US Congress: A Comprehensive Overview

The Evolution of the Republican and Democratic Parties in the U.S.

The political landscape of the United States has undergone significant transformations since Barack Obama assumed the presidency in 2009. Both the Republican and Democratic parties have evolved in response to changing demographics, economic conditions, and cultural shifts. This article explores the evolution of these two major political parties from the Obama era to the present,… Continue reading The Evolution of the Republican and Democratic Parties in the U.S.

The US Judicial System and the Supreme Court: Shaping Domestic Policy and Global Standards

The United States judicial system, with the Supreme Court at its apex, is a cornerstone of American democracy. Its decisions reverberate not only within the country’s borders but also across the globe, influencing legal standards and norms worldwide. This article delves into the structure of the federal judiciary, the pivotal role of the Supreme Court,… Continue reading The US Judicial System and the Supreme Court: Shaping Domestic Policy and Global Standards

Femicide in Italy: A modern phenomenon deeply rooted in the country’s cultural past

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The number of victims of femicide in Italy in in 2020 equated to a woman killed every three days, “Femicide is not a crime of passion, it is a crime of power,” wrote Elena Cecchettin after her sister was killed in November 2023. Italian student Giulia Cecchettin, 22, was killed allegedly by her controlling ex-boyfriend, Filippo… Continue reading Femicide in Italy: A modern phenomenon deeply rooted in the country’s cultural past

Germany lowers voting age to 16 for the European elections – but is it playing into the far right’s hands?

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Ahead of the European parliament elections in June, Germany has lowered the age limit on participation to 16. This makes it the largest of just a handful of states in the EU to allow people under the age of 18 to vote. Austria, Belgium and Malta have already enfranchised 16 and 17-year-olds, and Greece is… Continue reading Germany lowers voting age to 16 for the European elections – but is it playing into the far right’s hands?

In Knife, Salman Rushdie confronts a world where liberal principles like free speech are old-fashioned

Knife is Salman Rushdie’s account of how he narrowly survived an attempt on his life in August 2022, in which he lost his right eye and partial use of his left hand. The attack ironically came when Rushdie was delivering a lecture on “the creation in America of safe spaces for writers from elsewhere”, at… Continue reading In Knife, Salman Rushdie confronts a world where liberal principles like free speech are old-fashioned

Liz Truss’s lessons on how not to be a prime minister

All prime ministerial memoirs are about shaping legacies. “History will be kind to me,” Churchill is alleged to have said before writing his own six-volume history. “For I intend to write it.” But among these memoir writers sits a sub-genre of leaders who need to do some pretty serious legacy shaping. Think Anthony Eden on… Continue reading Liz Truss’s lessons on how not to be a prime minister

Does Spanish nationalism exist?

In the last two decades, the Spanish political scene has been characterised by convulsion. Among the many variables that shape this reality, one of them is the confrontation between the centre – Madrid – and the peripheral areas, some of which have their own distinct identity. In Spain there are different nationalisms, including Catalan or… Continue reading Does Spanish nationalism exist?

Indian protesters look to poetic tradition to resist Modi’s Hindu nationalism

India’s government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, implemented the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, or CAA, in March 2024. Opponents of the law – which fast-tracks citizenship for undocumented, non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan – decry the ways in which it discriminates against Muslims. As they did when the law was passed in… Continue reading Indian protesters look to poetic tradition to resist Modi’s Hindu nationalism