• Mapping out Europe: The right is the new mainstream

    By on Oct. 11, 2016

    A new study shows that nearly half of the European population hold populist views. As the rhetoric of the extreme right becomes more and more prevalent in public discourse, where do young people figure in the debate?

  • Five Star Movement: a political utopia for Italy's youth?

    By on Oct. 10, 2016

    Italy's Five Star Movement (5SM) recently held a national conference at the Foro Italico in Palermo. We took the opportunity to meet the young people who view the movement as a new political force to be reckoned with. What attracts them to the 5SM at a time when politics has never seemed so far removed from its citizens? 

  • Why is Europe's youth moving further to the fringes?

    By on Oct. 7, 2016

    Voters all across Europe - young people included - are increasingly rejecting the established political parties in favour of more populist movements on both sides of the political spectrum. But what's making them turn away in such large numbers, and how can the centre try and tempt them back?

  • I'd rather be a citizen of nowhere than live in May's Britain

    By on Oct. 6, 2016

    I moved to France to start a new job three months ago, still bitter over the result of the EU referendum in June. I thought that eventually I would start to miss that green and pleasant land. But when I see what it's becoming   under Theresa May, I don't think I want to go back any time soon. [OPINION]

  • Was Hungary's referendum a victory or defeat for Orbán?

    By on Oct. 4, 2016

    Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán described this weekend's referendum on EU refugee quotas an "overwhelming victory" despite low voter turnout. 98% voted against the quota system, but only 44% of the electorate bothered to show up: less than the 50% turnout needed for the vote to be considered valid.  

  • Happy as a dog with two tails: Hungary's anti-hate party

    By on Sept. 30, 2016

    On 2 October, Hungarians will be hitting voting booths in a referendum to accept or reject EU migrant quotas. The government's anti-migrant campaign has had its desired effect: xenophobia, hatred and misinformation are at an all-time high. However, while the opposition party has remained quiet on the issue, a pro-migrant campaign has sprung out of nowhere with boundless optimism and positivity.

  • Alexander Van der Bellen: "A stable Europe is vital"

    By on Sept. 29, 2016

    It was a nail-biting moment: economist and former leader of the Green Party, Alexander Van der Bellen, emerged from the May elections as the President-elect of Austria after winning a narrow victory against the right-wing populist candidate, Norbert Hofer. A December do-over is now looming after complaints of vote-counting irregularities and improperly sealed and handled postal votes.

  • Germany is in revolt over TTIP and CETA

    By on Sept. 27, 2016

    While the EU negotiates the free trade agreements Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the USA, more dissent is stirring in Germany than in any other country - even though Germany is one of the countries that will profit the most from these agreements. We asked why the Germans protest so actively.

  • Fears of new tensions in Bosnia after referendum

    By on Sept. 27, 2016

    In the Republika Srpska, the Serb part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 99.8% of voters cast their ballots in favour of keeping a public holiday on January 9 marking the founding of the republic in 1992. The holiday was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court last year. A look at the commentary columns shows that the referendum was never really about the public holiday.

  • Corbyn's second coming: Time to just get on with it...

    By on Sept. 26, 2016

    It’s been quite the turbulent year in UK politics: more so than most for young Europhiles. After facing the prospect of being pulled out of the EU by a referendum result disproportionately supported by older voters, we’ve endured months of infighting from a Labour opposition seemingly intent on self-destruction. Quite the double whammy for a left-leaning millennial. [OPINION]