Interview with LGBT activist and politician Carla Antonelli

Carla Antonelli is a politician and renowned LGBT rights activist. Since 2011 she is a Deputy in the Assembly of Madrid for the Spanish Socialists Workers Party (PSOE), being the first and only trans women to hold such a role… Continue Reading →

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: Thoughts on the “Burkini Gate”

Hugo Decis graduated from a French classe préparatoire a few months ago. He is now a student of the Strategic and International Relations Institute (IRIS) located in Paris. He is also the newly elected Director of Communications of the Graduates… Continue Reading →

Counter-terrorist Democracy: Example of France

By Strahinja Subotić Graduate student of Political Science at Central European University. Finished BA at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Science. Today, terrorism represents one of the main threats for liberal-democracies. In the academia there is no unique… Continue Reading →

Frames and framing effects of the media discourse about Turkish Accession to the European Union

By Franca Bätz, student of Communications at the University of Münster. 1. Introduction “Now more than ever – The EU needs to negotiate again with Ankara“ (Zeit Online, May 12 2014) –  “Europe is not a place for Erdogan’s Turkey”… Continue Reading →

Black full beard and Kalashnikov? The portrayal of Islam in two German TV-Satire shows after the Charlie Hebdo Shooting

Lena Vogel received her Bachelor of Arts from the Department of Communication at the University of Münster, Germany. The 7th of January 2015 – the date of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris – showed once again the difficult relationship… Continue Reading →

Analysis of UKIP’s Nigel Farage’s xenophobic rhetoric

By Matt Evans, British EST Ambassador. Matt is a final year BA (hons) History and Politics student at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, UK. The upcoming June referendum on whether Britain should remain a member of the European… Continue Reading →

The refugee crisis in Germany

By Basti Keil, freelance writer from Germany and future student at Leiden University.   “Refugee” has just been voted the Word of the year 2015 in Germany while almost simultaneously Angela Merkel has been voted Person of the year by… Continue Reading →

Pope Francis: Marxist or Smithsonian?

Political science student Manouck Schotvanger shares her sharp analysis with us on Pope Francis. In this piece she answers the question whether our Argentinian Pope is himself more of a Marxist or a Smithsonian!  A week after Pope Francis was… Continue Reading →

Artistic Potential & Permissibility: On the Question of Instrumentality and Morality of Art

By Sabrina Valeria Ronco, student of International Studies at Leiden University and writer for the European Student Think Tank.  What is the relationship between art and morality? Can art be a means of presenting and propagating certain moral views? And… Continue Reading →

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