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7/13/21, 4:35 PM
Author: Bence Bauer

What is the problem with the German electoral system?

It was only this year that the German public realized that there were heated debates about the electoral system hardly known to the average German citizen. At the beginning of 2021, opposition groups filed a petition with the Constitutional Court challenging the reform of the German electoral system.
7/9/21, 10:02 AM
Author: Ilan Wurman

A Game for Thrones? The Prospects for Court Reform in the United States

Judicial confirmation battles have become particularly heated in the United States. Most recently, in April 2021, President Biden established a commission of legal scholars to examine the future of the Supreme Court.
5/21/21, 8:55 AM

Political violence in Germany

German authorities began tracking „politically motivated crime” in 2001. In 2020, more such crimes were registered than in any year before. Social tensions are rising.
5/14/21, 9:02 AM

Despite low odds of open conflict, forces massed on Ukraine’s border are worrying

Tensions have again escalated in the seven-year long conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Ryan Brockhaus analyzes the long-term consequences of the recent Russian troop amassment on Ukraine's border.
5/12/21, 9:12 AM

This is what defeat looks like

President Biden recently announced that he will pull out all US troops from Afghanistan putting an end to a twenty-year-long seemingly endless conflict. This made Julius Strauss lament on the times he spent there first as a reporting journalist and later as a political officer of Her Majesty's government.
4/26/21, 10:00 AM

Von der Leyen, Michel, Erdoğan and the Future of Europe

Three weeks later, Von der Leyen’s humiliation in Istanbul in front of a poor-spirited Charles Michel and a sly Erdogan is still the talk of the town, in Brussels and beyond. No wonder, this incident is much more than a storm in a glass of water or the perfect buzz for social network and meme addicts. This picture is rather the metaphor of some of the EU’s most pressing challenges and an embarrassing admission of its weakness.
3/25/21, 7:13 PM

Becoming a bear guide

A beautiful testimony of Julius Strauss, an ex-war correspondent on why he became a bear guide in the British Columbian mountains.
3/22/21, 4:02 PM

Life after the EPP: A simple equation for Fidesz

The recent mediastorm around Fidesz's resignation from EPP has gone. But what're the next steps for Orbán?
3/4/21, 11:59 AM
Author: Nicole Nemeth

Nationalism and The Core Idea of Americanism

While there has been a marked shift in focus on individual identity over the past decades, a critical and grounding element of the definition of oneself is the concept of nationhood and national identity. The theory of “nationhood,” however, is not merely where one is from, or even where their ancestors were from geographically, but is a far more intricate and nuanced conception.
3/3/21, 3:28 PM

EPP vs. Fidesz: Six observations

Fidesz has left the European People’s Party’s (EPP) parliamentary group. The two year long drama between the EU’s Christian-Democrat umbrella party and it’s strongest performing (in terms of electoral results) single member has thus essentially come to an end. What happened is in the news: Fidesz has left the EPP’s parliamentary group.
1/29/21, 1:02 PM

How the EU mismanaged its Covid vaccination campaign

Why are some non-EU countries better than the EU at vaccinating their citizens against the Covid virus? By Boris Kálnoky.
11/30/20, 10:25 AM

The unknown Pacelli-list

Pius XII’s legacy: don’t let lies get in the way of a true story.
11/25/20, 6:50 PM
Author: Corvinák

Grizzly Matrix: Does every bears look the same?

A small project in British Columbia using videos of grizzly bears and facial recognition technology looks set to lead to a remarkable breakthrough in bear science. A fascinating story by Julius Strauss.
11/24/20, 8:54 AM
Author: Corvinák

Will a Biden Presidency lead to a Revitalized NATO?

After a bruising US presidential election season, the inauguration of a Joe Biden Administration on January 20th appears all but certain. Despite the antics of name-calling and mudslinging on both sides of the political aisle, the results of the 2020 election will have very important implications in how the United States will interact with long-standing multi-national institutions. It is widely felt within these institutions, that America has undermined, or even abandoned much of the international order over the last four years under President Trump.
11/9/20, 6:17 PM
Author: Corvinák

A Devolutionary Change: How to solve America’s destructive polarization

The currently Hungary-based American author - a Junior Fellow of the Budapest Fellowship Program - analyzes the great social division around the US elections and proposes a possible, localist solution.
11/9/20, 8:55 AM

While Spain gently sinks - salami tactics at the shade of the pandemic

Spain is on its way to become a copy of Maduro's Communist Venezuela? Spanish political landscape by Rodrigo Ballester.
10/21/20, 2:00 PM

Islamist Separatism: Macron Unveils the Veil on Radical Islam in France

A comprehensive analysis of Macron's latest big speech on Islamist extremism in France by Rodrigo Ballester.
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