Bombs May Kill Extremists, but They Will Not Kill Extremism

Umar Nasser | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Umar Nasser

Nothing can ever justify an extremist taking an innocent life, particularly one who does so in the name of Islam. However, without a commitment to change deeply ingrained behaviours in our international approach, extremism is here to stay.

A Win for Sisi

Robin Lustig | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

What impressive dexterity our prime minister is demonstrating. In February 2011, there he was, grandstanding in Tahrir Square, celebrating with Egypt's pro-democracy activists the overthrow of the country's former leader, Hosni Mubarak. And here he is now, less than five years later, warmly welcoming Mubarak's successor, the former field marshal who seized power in a coup that ended Egypt's imperfect experiment with democracy.

This Debate Is About the EU, Not About Europe

Rob Comley | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Comley

If you take a look at the pro-EU StrongerIn website, the first thing you will read is the following message - blurting out of the screen in big, bold, white letters: "Britain is stronger, better off and safer in Europe than we would be out on our own." Let's set this record straight - we love 'Europe'. We just hate the EU!

David Cameron Has to Catch Up With Germany and France on Climate Change

Andreas Sieber | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Andreas Sieber

It is only 50 days until what might be the most important climate conference, the COP 21 in Paris. This week in Bonn diplomats from all over the world...

Corbyn's Therapeutic PMQ Style

Karen Dobres | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
Karen Dobres

The other evening I was invited to a "Circle" led by a Native American elder - we do this kind of stuff down in deepest, darkest Sussex. Manitonquet (...

Madrasahs Are Simply About Inculcating Spirituality and Recognising the Rights of Fellow Citizens

Ismaeel Nakhuda | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Ismaeel Nakhuda

The Prime Minister's lumping of madrasahs within a three part strategy to tackle extremism at the Tory party conference on Wednesday problematises an ...

Migration and the EU: An Institution Crumbling?

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

The European Union is built on a labyrinthine system of rules and regulations designed to ensure that all members have equal rights and responsibilities. Once member states start tearing up the rule book with impunity, the structure soon starts to crumble.

SDGs: It's Time to Get Serious About Sustainable Development

David Nussbaum | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK
David Nussbaum

A few days ago WWF revealed that over the last few decades, the number of marine vertebrates in our seas has halved. Bird, fish, reptile and mammal p...

It Is Time to Talk to Assad

Robin Lustig | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

Bashar al-Assad is responsible for some of the most heinous war crimes of recent times, including the use of chemical weapons, the mass imprisonment and torture of political opponents, and the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas causing massive casualties. Yet the unpalatable reality must surely be that, despite his grim record, he remains indispensable in the search for an end to the conflict.

Time Is Running Out in the Middle East

John Watson | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Politics
John Watson

Very hesitantly, with a weather eye on the immigration figures and the population forecasts, the UK Government reacts to public pressure to confirm th...

Heartbreaking Images of Syrian Boy Drowned on Shore: PM David Cameron Must Act Now

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

As the images unfold of the reality of the refugee crisis, Europe is busy squabbling over numbers of how many people should be "let in". The heart- re...

Cameron in Europe: Not a Good Place to Be

Robin Lustig | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

For a journalist, covering the EU has always been one of the toughest gigs around. Brussels? Oh. So. Boring. But not any more. The coming months will see the EU front and centre of the political debate not just in the UK but in many other member states as well.

We Should Be Very Careful When Giving Up Our Freedoms

Bob Morgan | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

The starting place for any democratic decisions about how we balance our rights to freedom against the need to compromise that freedom for the safety and security of the wider community should be that we should be free to do anything we want except if there is a compelling case why we should not.

Dear Mr Cameron: Beware Murphy's Law

Robin Lustig | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

The sighs of exasperation at Britain's continuing ambivalence over its EU membership can be heard all the way from Lisbon in the west to Bucharest in the east. It's not as if our EU partners don't have other things to worry about, above all the still unresolved matter of Greece's slow slide towards bankruptcy.

The Danger of Trying to Police Britishness

Bob Morgan | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Theresa May and David Cameron say the Queen's Speech will contain proposals to limit the 'harmful activities' of extremists and to promote 'British values' and to stop activities that would undermine democracy. As simplistic political rhetoric it sounds a very obvious and desirable thing to do. Who can argue against that idea? But - it could be damaging to the very thing it is intended to protect.

Some Helpful Tips for the Tories

Andrew Duff | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

The new Conservative government is hard at work cobbling together the catalogue of demands it soon must make on the European Union... Here are nine tips to the Conservatives which, given the level of ignorance in London about how the EU works, may be helpful.

Putting Mental Health on the Agenda

Kat Pugh | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Kat Pugh

It's mental health awareness week, and whilst the country is still reeling from the election shock, there has never been a better time to raise awareness of mental health.

Women Are Missing In This General Election

Nona Buckley-Irvine | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nona Buckley-Irvine

So let us harness the fact that we have this incredible scenario where there is female representation. And let us use it to push all the political parties to talk in gendered terms, and acknowledge the fact that socio economic inequality in the UK is gendered. And it has to change.

Party Politics: Just Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

David Mooney | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

We've hit the part of the General Election campaign that really starts to get on my nerves. The funny thing is, I genuinely think this vote could be one of the most interesting in the UK's history, given how disillusionment with large swathes of the political spectrum has resulted in no one party looking capable of gaining an overall majority...

Was Cameron's Diplomatic Faux-Pas With France Worth It?

Julien Tissandier | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Politics
Julien Tissandier

On Sunday 22 March, David Cameron wrote in the Sunday Times an article entitled "Labour will make us as bad as France". Why thank you David, much obliged. As a French national I personally do not take offense though, for two reasons...

What a Second Kitchen Really Means

Steve Doran | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Politics
Steve Doran

It's annoying when that sort of thinking applies to people. The fact that something as complex as a human being can be boiled down to their accent or their football team is a shame. But the deeper problem is that it happens to issues, too.

Why Do We Care How Bullying Dictatorships Feel?

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

Remember that YouTube video where a fairly obese kid responded to a weak and bony bully by performing judo kind of move and smashed the bloke into the...

Europe's Crisis Is Constitutional

Andrew Duff | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

The dilemma in which Mario Draghi found himself over quantitative easing is emblematic of the state of the European Union as a whole. Like other of the EU's crisis management measures, the resort to QE has been criticised for being too little and too late...

How Much Worse Can Merkel Let Things Get?

Andrew Duff | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

Not since Queen Victoria has a German woman been so powerful in European politics. In those perversely fascinating 'family photos' of the European Council, Angela Merkel stands out from the crowd...

This Immoral Government

Robin Lustig | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I have rarely felt so ashamed, or so angry. David Cameron, it seems, regards it as a "moral duty" to cut taxes - but not to save desperate migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean. By comparison, Marie Antoinette ("let them eat cake") was compassion incarnate.