Judicial Reform in Eastern Europe

While Eastern Europe’s quarrel with Brussels does not receive the same press attention as issues such as Brexit, the parties’ inability to reach a solution is nevertheless geopolitically significant. Sparked by a refusal to provide refuge for Syrian migrants and perpetuated through policy and rhetoric that challenges the judicial principles of the European Union (EU),…

Border Security and the New Frontier of Terrorism

In the past several years, Europe has gained notoriety as a continent facing constant fatal terror attacks. The facts paint a different story – the data concerning Europe’s history with terror attacks shows that overall casualties have been on the decline. More than 150 people died almost every year between 1970 and 1990, in contrast…

The Franco-African Pivot

French President Emmanuel Macron has signalled his intention to make sweeping changes to France’s relationship with its many former colonies in Africa. As a presidential candidate Macron uniquely decried France’s colonial rule over Algeria as a “crime against humanity” during his visit to Algeria just over a year ago, a statement that elicited support throughout…

The Secular Decline of European Demography

Europe is slipping. Population is on a decline. A population needs a birth rate of 2.1 lives birth per woman. In the whole of Europe, the only country that is reproducing sustainability is Albania. What can be done to prevent the decline of European demography? What is the future of Europe? QGM – Europe Demography

Catalonia’s Troubled Relationship with Spain

In the last 18 months, Europe has seen many decisive political events, which started with last year’s British referendum to exit from the European Union. This year brought many general elections in core countries such as the Netherlands, France, and Germany, with varied results for centrist parties. Yet it is the recent Catalan independence referendum…

The 2017 German Election

The “true leader of the free world” and Forbes’ most powerful woman continues to be a stabilizing force in politics. Angela Merkel won her fourth term as Chancellor of Germany on September 24th, but now faces a new challenge in forming a majority government. In a fragmented Germany divided over immigration, terrorism, and inequality, can…

French Election

In 2016, the western world saw a surge of political movements with a common rallying cry: a less globalized and more nationalist world. Following landmark events such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, eyes now turn to France’s presidential election and particularly to Marine Le Pen – the leader of the Front National…