Politics

  • San Escobar: a triumph of Polish diplomacy

    By on Jan. 18, 2017

    The Polish governing Law and Justice Party is not known for giving its citizens many reasons to be cheerful, which might explain why many reacted so enthusiastically to Witold Waszczykowski's recognition of the long-forgotten Caribbean state of San Escobar. Here's everything you need to know about Poland's new ally. 

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

    By on Dec. 5, 2016

    After several false starts - thanks in part to faulty envelope glue - the second round of Austria's elections finally took place on 4 December, with Alexander Van der Bellen winning against the far-right candidate Norbert Hofer. We spoke to Van der Bellen earlier this year and asked him about frogs and the challenges of being President.

  • Charlie Hebdo: Now available in German!

    By on Dec. 1, 2016

    As of today, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is being published in German. Do the Germans need rescuing from their lack of humour? Why exactly are the French uninterested in the much larger English-speaking market? And will the jokes translate?

  • Moldova: Car sharing for democracy

    By on Nov. 8, 2016

    On 13 November, Moldova will elect its new president. Thanks to a Facebook group that reunites the country’s expats, Moldovans will have access to voting polls from every corner of the world. This new initiative could potentially redefine Moldova’s political future. 

  • Karima Delli: "People don't like Europe any more"

    By on Nov. 7, 2016

    After being beaten in the primary contests of the Green party in France, Karima Delli quickly swallowed her defeat and set out once again to fight a new battle in Brussels. An MEP since 2009, the 37-year-old politician has her own plan to save the continent - and it's an exciting one. 

  • Romania and the question of third party candidates

    By on Nov. 4, 2016

    As election day draws near, the entire world is waiting on the edge of their seats to find out who will be the President of the United States. Will Hillary Clinton make history as Amercia's first female president? Will there be a Brexit-type shift that will allow Donald Trump to prevail? Or will we be surprised by a wild card?

  • The magnetism of Paul Magnette: the rebel of Wallonia

    By on Oct. 26, 2016

    He’s the talk of Europe: in blocking the free-trade treaty CETA with Canada at all costs, Paul Magnette put himself and his Wallonian parliament directly in the spotlight. In defending himself as “the anti-globalist herald,” the Minister-President of the French-speaking Wallonia is definitely the man of the hour. Here is our portrait in 10 points. 

  • 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.

  • Sophie Walker: "We always want people to steal our ideas"

    By on Sept. 14, 2016

    Eighteen months ago, the Women’s Equality Party didn’t exist. Now it’s one of the fastest-growing forces in British politics. We talked to the party's leader Sophie Walker about her mayoral campaign in London, her reactions to Theresa May's premiership and why she'd like the WEP to one day become obsolete.

  • Meet the former refugee on the campaign trail in Berlin

    By on Sept. 12, 2016

    As a child, Maja Lasić escaped the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and found refuge in Germany. Now 37 years old, the young Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate hopes to use the education system as a stepping stone to integration for her first electoral campaign in Berlin.