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Young people and Brexit: The implications for the far-right and for Scottish independence

Since the EU referendum, the narrative of an inter-generational divide has emerged, with the country’s older pro-Leave generation thought to be at odds with a younger, pro-Remain generation. Rakib Ehsan investigated these intra-generational differences and suggests that failure to deliver Brexit may provide a boost for far-right organisations, but that a disruptive no-deal Brexit has the potential to inject considerable youthful energy into the Scottish independence movement. Brexit has...

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Germany’s grand coalition talks give hope to refugees who want to reunite with their families

Negotiations are being held between Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU and the German Social Democrats with a view to forming a new grand coalition. Rakib Ehsan states that one of the key topics that could be on the table is the issue of relaxing the country’s rules on family reunification for refugees. He suggests that such a deal could provide ammunition for the AfD to consolidate its position as the foremost anti-establishment force in German politics. Credit: Newtown grafitti (CC BY 2.0) Germany’s...

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Another grand coalition awaits a fractured Germany

The CDU/CSU and the SPD are set to discuss the possibility of renewing their grand coalition in Germany, following the breakdown of negotiations between the CDU/CSU, Greens and the FDP. Rakib Ehsan assesses the dilemma facing the SPD as it considers joining another government. He argues that the party sorely needs a period in opposition to try and resolve internal tensions and win back the support it lost in the recent federal elections, but the obligation to govern and ensure political...

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