“Catalonia: right for self-determination vs disruption of unity”

Although Catalonia was first established as a separate entity in 11th century, it has also been a part of Spain since its emergence in the 15th century. Prior to nationalist uprising in the 19th century, Catalonia was tightly integrated with the Spanish state. Strong campaigning for political and cultural autonomy eventually led to broad autonomy in 1931, but Franco’s ultra-conservative rule entirely revoked previous developments in the region. The democratization of Spain in 1977 accompanied the resurgence of extensive autonomy, leading to the present-day establishment of the parliament and executive institutions.


Eurosceptic Party Wins Poland’s Election

Just a little over a week ago, the Polish electorate chose a new national parliament. The conservative Law and Justice party (PiS) secured both the presidency and the majority of seats, with voting results marking the first time in Poland’s post-communist history that no left-wing parties were elected to the parliament. Due to German-Polish disagreement…

The End of Merkel’s Irony?

Recent polls indicate that Angela Merkel’s popularity dropped over her handling of the refugee crisis. Although the Chancellor of Germany was widely praised for her compassion in the ongoing human catastrophe, it soon became apparent that her country began to struggle with the increasing number of arrivals. So we are led to question: are we,…