The Rise and Rise of Central Europe’s Demagogues

Written by Alex Forsyth. With the West gripped by the outcome of the US presidential election, it is easy to be distracted from the emerging demagoguery much closer to our own shores. While the focus of debate on the EU has centred recently on the disastrous stumble towards Brexit and what it means for both …

Driving Mr Powell: When Nigel Farage met Enoch Powell.

Written by Gihan Elleray. Nigel Farage’s admiration for Enoch Powell is no secret.  He is on record as naming the controversial former Conservative politician as one of his greatest political heroes. However, research into Enoch Powell’s Archives housed at Churchill College, Cambridge and an interview with UKIP’s former leader, Alan Sked, reveal the details of …

Why remaining in the EU is so important for students

Written by Amy Longland. With the referendum fast approaching, the Leave and Remain camps are preparing to ramp up their campaign efforts. Both campaigns are hoping to engage all sectors of society in order to swing the vote in their favour. Public debate so far has failed to adequately address the direct repercussions that a …

The Commonwealth Conference – a Liaison Officer’s perspective

Written by Blake Purchase. The only reason the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Malta last November might sound remotely familiar is due to the Queen’s visit to the island nation. In terms of its significance, an analogy for the role CHOGM plays is the way in which it acts as a ‘rocket …

Front National, UKIP and Podemos: A warning to Europe

Written by Martin Brezovan. In the last couple of years, Europe has witnessed a dramatic rise in popularity of new, alternative political parties. In many cases, their electoral successes did not translate into adequate representation in national bodies. However, I believe it would be very unwise to approach the results of the elections that have …

Turkey’s war with the Kurds threatens ties with Europe

Written by Samuel Jaffe. Human Rights Watch‘s (HRW) 2016 Report on Turkey isn’t the first to criticize policies undertaken by Ankara, but its damning indictment of Turkey’s new politics of fear requires further attention. Attention that is slowly being drawn that way by Johannes Hahn, the EU’s enlargement commissioner and Angela Merkel as she cuts a lone …

Realities versus ideals in the European migration crisis

Written by Martin Brezovan. For months we have heard prominent European politicians led by Angela Merkel, speak about the need for solidarity and open arms toward the migrants pouring into Europe from the Near and Middle East. Today, some 6 months into what definitely can be called an migration crisis, these representatives of goodwill are finally …

Trump: why is he still winning?

Written by Martin Brezovan. Donald Trump’s statements have stirred public discussion and prompted a wide spectrum condemnation since he decided to run for president of the United States some six months ago. In his candidacy announcement, he described  American politicians as ‘stupid’, but that was just the start. He would go on to pursue a …

Placements – A solution for career hunt frustration

Written by Stephen Vaccarini. I have recently come to the University from a corporate recruitment role.  One where I had become sick of repeatedly turning away eager, freshly graduated students from Nottingham and other universities.  Most were keen, bright and energised, with great educational experience and amazing degree results.  Sadly, however, employers, even for Graduate Schemes wanted evidence of work experience.   Now if this was how I was feeling, how must …

Censorship in the Russell Group: it’s not a problem – it’s an epidemic

Written by Isabel Dmello. The Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) are out and at first glance things don’t look good; a further look gives me shudders. The 2016 rankings, published by online magazine Spiked highlight that the Russell Group Universities are the most active in censoring on campus with Student’s Unions being more active in …