The legislative conundrum of regulating cryptocurrency

TRANSLATED BY CARA EVANS-GILLEN AND PROOFREAD BY GENEVIEVE SILK Anonymous and independent of any political system, cryptocurrency is dividing governments from a legislative point of view. While certain countries are very reluctant to embrace it, and are trying to adapt their laws and regulations to this new digital craze, worthy of the same Dutch tulip […]

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: a worrying political, social and economic situation

TRANSLATED BY GENEVIEVE SILK AND PROOFREAD BY JOYCE CHEN On 19th April last year, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted a new strategy to re-launch the Western Balkans’ integration policy. On this occasion, Andrej Zorko, rapporteur for the committee’s opinion, reaffirmed that “EU membership for the Western Balkans remains one of the EU’s […]

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Sweden, an Exception in Europe?

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY GENEVIEVE SILK On September 9, 2018, Sweden will elect its representatives in the parliamentary elections. Long regarded as having set a political example, Sweden is no longer an exception next to its neighbor countries. The nationalist party Sverigedemokraterna, Sweden Democrats, is today the number three political force in […]

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LGBT people and political dissidents murdered by fundamentalists in Bangladesh [1/2]

TRANSLATED BY GENEVIEVE SILK AND PROOFREAD BY ALICE DOWEK In a country where the vast majority of the population is Muslim and where Islamic extremism is steadily gaining popularity, LGBT people, atheists, and other ‘undesirables’ are an easy target for Islamic fundamentalists. For several years the murders have been piling up. On 25th April 2016, […]

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A case of ‘double standards’ in Twitter’s enforcement policy?

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND GENEVIEVE SILK With around 330 million ‘monthly active’ users, Twitter is the 12th most popular social network in the world. Created in 2006, the platform allows users to write tweets of up to 280 characters, as well as following other users and retweeting content from a multitude of accounts, from […]

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Is the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union a gateway to the integration of the Western Balkans?

TRANSLATED BY GENEVIEVE SILK AND LUCY HARRIES Ever since Bulgaria took presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1st January 2018, this small country of just 7.1 million inhabitants has been itching to play the role of a pivotal state by prioritising the European perspective of the Western Balkans. This goal is shared […]

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Iran: women at the frontline of the resistance

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND PROOFREAD BY GENEVIEVE SILK Last week in Paris, an international conference was held on the role of women in the Iranian fight for democracy and the protests that shook the country last month. Several dozen protesters killed by the forces of order, thousands of arbitrary arrests, a dozen killed by […]

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Mein Kampf: A Controversial New Edition

TRANSLATED BY BEN LITTLEDYKE AND GENEVIEVE SILK Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical work Mein Kampf entered the public domain in 2016, and copyright laws allow its free reproduction in most countries around the world. In France, the publishing house Favard has scheduled a meeting on the topic for 2018. With over 12 million copies published in Hitler’s […]

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Refugee quotas: Hungary is commanded to comply

TRANSLATED BY GENEVIEVE SILK AND PROOFREAD BY CARA EVANS-GILLEN Roughly two years after the anti-migrant wall along the Hungarian-Serbian border was constructed, the policy of Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian Prime Minister, needs to be readdressed, particularly in light of the decision made on 6th September 2017 by the European Court of Justice. Solidarity as “the […]

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365 Days after the Election of Donald Trump

TRANSLATED BY BEN LITTLEDYKE AND GENEVIEVE SILK On the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s election victory (not of his inauguration), the IGS group has organised a conference to discuss the track record of the 45th US President. Present at the debate were Anik Cizel, a lecturer in American History and Civilisation; and Laure Mandeville, a […]

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