UK Europe

My £5 Note Problem

Afton McKeith | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Afton McKeith

Due to the outcry against the new British animal fat £5 note, some shops have been refusing the note as tender. Reports show that customers even deny it for change. Perfect Solution: Reprint the new British £5 note with pumpkin seed oil.

Let Brexit Happen. Let People Learn

David Vigar | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
David Vigar

It will take a few years, but those few years are also needed for Britain's progressive forces to regroup and rebuild a political movement capable of governing and leading Britain back to the EU. And hopefully a similar restoration of sanity - based on reality - can occur in the US.

Local Mayor And Two Reporters Shot Dead In Finland

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK

A local town mayor and two journalists have been shot dead overnight in an apparent random attack in Imatra, southeastern Finland. The victims, all wo...

Will My Year Abroad Necessarily Make Me More Employable?

Varsha Patel | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Varsha Patel

Ah, final year. The brutal reminder that university isn't quite the time of your life that you were once promised as a Fresher. Amongst my looming deadlines, pending seminar work and an endless reading list, my plans to get try and get myself on the career ladder is not going too well.

A Year Abroad: Expectations vs Realities

Varsha Patel | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Varsha Patel

Surprise surprise, you're not fluent in French yet. A year abroad is supposedly the best experience you'll ever have. You've heard rumours of fresh croissants for breakfast in Paris, envisaged yourself becoming a pro-surfer in Australia, and you can't wait to update your Facebook status to "moved to Italy".

Sending Refugees Back To A Conflict Zone Should Not Be Up For Sale

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Whittall

Sending people back to a conflict zone should not be up for sale. 2015 recorded the highest number of Afghans fleeing their country since the US-led military intervention of 2001. This latest deal threatens to push back thousands of men, women and children into harm's way, forcibly returning them en masse to a country still in the grip of conflict.

When France Falls

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

If France falls to Le Pen, the European project will likely unravel. It might be a shock to the system that is greater than a President Trump. In a recent essay, I predicted that France would have a National Front president by around 2035. I may have been far off. The date may be 2017.

Brexit Special Deal Quest: Its Immoral Nature And Its Invalidated Reasoning

Nicholas Makarezos | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nicholas Makarezos

The series of events in Post-referendum Britain will be shifting at a radical pace, once Article 50 is invoked. Britain will be set to negotiate a new deal with the EU, in which it must complete the official terms of its divorce and attain a new agreement with the European Union. Evidently now, with the two sides taking polarized propositions for the deal, complex negotiations could be treated acrimoniously and perilously.

Let's Knock Down Walls, Not Build Them

Anton Georgiou | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anton Georgiou

Peace in Cyprus, has the opportunity to show the world that there is another way. We don't always have to point fingers and seek out a scapegoat. Even where there is little hope, and after 42 years, many Cypriots had lost hope, with determination and drive, anything is possible. I wish the leaders and those involved in the final stages of these peace talks endless luck. If they are successful, it will not only mean a great deal to my family and fellow Cypriots, it will also mean a lot to a world that at times feels like it has lost all hope.

Are We Living In A Divided Society?

Edward Adoo | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Edward Adoo

Many Americans were hoping for a positive election result to improve race and community relations. With Trump elected the future seems uncertain but will the result have any effect on how we deal with community relations across Britain? The new era of right wing politics has not just taken effect across America but it has led to a far right uprising across Europe.

Don't Get Played By A Pickpocket

Varsha Patel | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Varsha Patel

So, you've found yourself in Paris: the city of love, light and la mode. You sip wine on the balcony of your 7th arrondissement holiday apartment, gazing across at the Tour Eiffel and feeling eternally grateful that Paris is in fact the dream that literature and film has painted for you.

Trump's Homophobia Will Hit Us In Europe

Steve Taylor | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK Politics
Steve Taylor

Donald Trump's LGBT credentials - or, rather, the lack of them - are well known and don't need a further recital here. And whilst they must mean that we fear for both the physical and emotional safety and security of LGBT+ people in the US, his opinions have a far reaching consequence that sits right on our doorstep...

No Child Should Drown

Gemma Parkin | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Gemma Parkin

When I was on board Save the Children's rescue ship, we helped save nearly 400 people in one day, including a one month old baby and a woman who was nine months pregnant and staggered on board helped by three of our rescue team.

Why Thursday's High Court Ruling Is A Victory For Parliamentary Sovereignty

Charlie Proctor | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Charlie Proctor

On Thursday, the High Court ruled that Parliament must vote on whether Article 50 should be triggered, much to the dismay of the government and many leave campaigners. Newspapers have been full of sensationalised claims calling the ruling a disgrace and 'elitist', yet what most journalists fail to understand is that this was not a judgment on Brexit, but a ruling on Parliamentary Sovereignty.

The Central African Republic And Its Legacies Of Abuse

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The French mission in the Central African Republic is over. The official ceremony marking its end took place earlier this week. I have been investigat...

Brexit Means What The British Parliament Says It Means

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What a mess, the twists and turns of Brexit must seem bewildering to those outside Britain. "Brexit means Brexit" has been The Prime Minister's catchphrase. As catchphrases go, it is not a bad one. However, now the judges have told her that Brexit means what the British parliament says it means.

'I Don't Care If They Call Me A Dictator'

Jody Sabral | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jody Sabral

When will we be ready to admit the Turkish model has failed? Maybe never for the implications of this admission are too overwhelming to consider, aren't they? Better to voice our concerns and turn the other cheek. We intervene in countries' domestic affairs only when it is convenient for us not for them, and now really isn't the time, is it?

Four Myths Surrounding The High Court Judgement

Banseka Kayembe | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Banseka Kayembe

"The judges were clearly politically motivated in the decision they came to and are trying to undermine our democracy". No. No, no, no, a million times no. The judgement was made on a point of pure UK constitutional law. Not their opinions.

Why Jailbreak Is The Best Thing You'll Ever Do At University

Varsha Patel | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Varsha Patel

Essentially, Jailbreak is glorified begging. Leave your shyness behind, as to succeed, you need to beg for free tickets, all in the name of winning. And you'll do it too: "Remember that team that got to Australia? WE HAVE TO BEAT THEM!"

Small Businesses And Universities Should Seek To Benefit From Enhanced European Cooperation

Paul Moran | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Paul Moran

And when the exchange of lessons and findings from all the participating institutions are combined during the SEC2U week, support networks can be strengthened across Europe, enhancing the recognition of how universities, startups and local communities can work more closely together for the benefit of all.

Britain Should Be A Soft-Power Super-Power

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

It's July 2009 and I'm in Sangin, Helmand province. British 'hard power', in the form of its military and governmental effort to subdue the Taleban, i...

Five Antidotes To The Rapid Travel Bug

Olivia Barnes-Brett | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Barnes-Brett

But why do we want to impress each other on social media? Why post as many travel photos online as possible? What are the benefits of this 'lightening travel' that sees people going to 14 foreign towns in as many days?

From Punk Rock Fashion to Activist: An Evening With Vivienne Westwood

Afton McKeith | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Afton McKeith

I'm a normal teenager, but I do go to star-studded events. On Friday night, I attended a wonderful evening with the world-renowned punk/rock fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, with my mum Gillian McKeith and my sister Skylar. This evening left quite an impression on me.

IDS Is Waking Up To Brexit

Tom Brake | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

It is a bit rich for the man who made EU baiting and hating an Olympic sport to claim the BBC is obsessed with Brexit. If the BBC or anyone else is obsessed with Brexit it is because our exit from the EU is going to dominate the government's and therefore the media's agenda for probably the next three or four years.

Is The World Making True Progress In Disaster Preparedness?

Louis Sherman | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

Today we see Haiti ripped apart even more so than ever before, and now we must look to how future preparedness schemes across the world could halt such tragedies as those happening in Haiti happening to any other countries ever again into the future.