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Figure of the month: Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May plays a major role on the world stage. With the Brexitnegotiations  that are constantly prominent,, May always stands in the spotlights. She is just not called the Iron Lady yet, but she is being characterised as an iron-strong person with a desire. She also describes herself as a feminist. Who is Theresa May exactly and what should you know about the United Kingdom's second female Prime Minister?

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Youth for Climate, skipping school or not?

On the 7th of February, secondary school students from all around the Netherlands went on strike. On strike? Well, they skipped school. Because legally, secondary school students aren’t yet allowed to go on strike. But then what made thousands and thousands risk trouble with school attendance authorities? I went (with some effort) to The Hague to ask them myself.

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2018: A year in review

The year 2018 reinforces the idea of the ever-changing and ephemeral nature of politics. What is particularly concerning about these recent years is a strong revival of the populist forces and a reconfiguration of the established liberal order of the last 70 years. From the complex interactions between various countries (the Brexit negotiations or the trade war between China and the United States) to the deepening conflict in Yemen, this year presented itself as yet another challenging year both domestically and internationally.

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Crisis in the Azov Sea

On 25th November three Ukrainian naval vessels attempted to leave the Kerch Strait after failing to enter the Azov Sea. While retreating, they were attacked and seized by the Coast Guard of the Russian Federal Security Service. The capture of the ships represents a growing escalation in the tensions between Russia and Ukraine. 

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Is cat-calling in the Netherlands coming to an end?

The municipality of Rotterdam has been able to fine citizens for sexual intimidation on the streets for a while now. This policy was cheered on by Joost Eerdmans, but is now criticized for being ineffective. Is this tough approach a good way to fight sexual intimidation on the streets or does the municipality of Rotterdam need to find a new, different method?

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The great polarisation

Cases of radicalisation are becoming a recurrent phenomenon and can take a deadly turn in the form of lone-wolf attacks. Such was the recent synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh and the letter bombs sent to various Democratic personalities and politicians. These grave incidents demand a closer look at the reasoning behind such attacks and how we can best address and prevent them in the future. Donald Trump’s rhetoric, the far-right movement and the polarisation of the political landscape are just a few factors that can shed light on this issue. 

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