Politics

  • The inescapable world of bubbles and filters

    By on Dec. 23, 2016

    In 2016, filter bubbles were often described as the culprits responsible for dividing our society. However, it has never been easier to break out of your own personal bubble than it is nowadays. You just have to be willing to do so. Right?

  • Europe, Ukraine and the Netherlands: it's complicated...

    By on Dec. 19, 2016

    On 15 December, state leaders and EU officials concluded talks regarding an association agreement with the Ukraine, which was rejected in a referendum in the Netherlands. To say that this has raised a few questions would be an understatement. 

  • Queen Elizabeth's (uncensored) Christmas speech

    By on Dec. 19, 2016

    Every year on Christmas Day, Queen Elizabeth II makes a speech to her subjects in the UK and across the British Commonwealth, in which she reflects on the previous 12 months. This year, cafébabel has been given an exclusive copy of the first draft of the speech...

  • Political correctness is dead, and 2016 killed it

    By on Dec. 17, 2016

    2016 has proven to be the year of misfortunes, but with it came a strange trend in world politics: the end of political correctness. Which wouldn’t be so bad, if only we could manage it… 

  • 2016: The Year of the Referendum

    By on Dec. 14, 2016

    2016 has been labelled as many things, but one thing is for certain: referendums have become a sort of tradition. From Brexit to Italy’s attempts at reforming their constitution, the results of these efforts have been wildly varied. Two Italian journalists based in the UK take a look at the similarities and differences of the referendums to understand what impact they might have in 2017. 

  • Captain Europe no more!

    By on Dec. 12, 2016

    Captain Europe, the self-styled "European superhero," has decided to take off his blue cape and tights for good after seven years. We talk to the man who once wished to save the Old Continent from its inner demons.

  • Europe reacts to the Beşiktaş attacks

    By on Dec. 12, 2016

    At least 44 people, including 36 police officers, lost their lives in two attacks near Istanbul's Beşiktaş stadium on Saturday night. The PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) splinter group called TAK (the Kurdish Freedom Falcons) has claimed responsibility for the blasts. Commentators discuss the reasons for the terror and call on Ankara to seek a peaceful solution to the Kurdish conflict.

  • Why Romania needs to vote this weekend

    By on Dec. 10, 2016

    December means it's time to look back over the past year and admit that maybe 2016 hasn't been all that great. International relations this year have the feel of a Jenga tower that could collapse with one seemingly insignificant move. The question is: what will that move be? The UK, US, Italy and Austria have all had their turns. Romania is up next... [OPINION]

  • Macedonian elections: First revolution, now reform

    By on Dec. 8, 2016

    This weekend, after months of false starts, Macedonia finally goes to the polls. We examine the situation in the former Yugoslavian republic, and why these parliamentary elections are just as important as any that have taken place in Western Europe in 2016.

  • The divide in Austria will only get wider

    By on Dec. 7, 2016

    Former Green leader Alexander Van der Bellen emerged with a narrow victory of 53.3% against the right-wing candidate Norbert Hofer in Austria's presidential elections on 4 December. Wolfgang Glass, a political theorist from Vienna, said the election suffered from "far too much ideological babble." [OPINION]