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    The Spanish government must find a positive message for Catalonia if it is to reduce support for Catalan independence

The Spanish government must find a positive message for Catalonia if it is to reduce support for Catalan independence

In April, the Spanish parliament rejected a request by Catalan authorities to hold a referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain, which had been proposed for November this year. Diego Muro and Martijn Vlaskamp argue that the Spanish government requires a more positive message for the people of Catalonia if it is to reduce public support for independence.

The Catalan secessionist […]

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    TTIP has the potential to be a forum which sets 21st century trade rules, but it needs more attention and support from the highest levels of government

TTIP has the potential to be a forum which sets 21st century trade rules, but it needs more attention and support from the highest levels of government

The United States and the European Union have been engaged in discussions over a free trade agreement, commonly referred to as “TTIP” – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. But after one year of negotiations and debate, is TTIP likely to get off the ground? Dennis Novy argues that TTIP is a long-run project that will likely take several […]

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    The Dutch Court ruling against the Netherlands over Srebrenica is consistent with international law

The Dutch Court ruling against the Netherlands over Srebrenica is consistent with international law

A civil court in The Hague ruled on 16 July that the Netherlands is liable for the deaths of around 300 men who died during the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. Bérénice Boutin assesses the ruling and what it means for the wider issue of state liability for the actions of UN peacekeepers. She writes that from the point of […]

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    The lesson from flight MH17 is that in a time of war, safety must come before the profits of airlines

The lesson from flight MH17 is that in a time of war, safety must come before the profits of airlines

The crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) has provoked intense debate over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but what lessons should the crash have for aviation safety? Simon Bennett writes that we must learn from the experience of MH17 and other incidents in the past. He argues that there is always a trade-off within commercial aviation between the […]

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    While an independent Scotland would undoubtedly be able to join the EU, the timing and terms of membership remain uncertain

While an independent Scotland would undoubtedly be able to join the EU, the timing and terms of membership remain uncertain

One of the most controversial arguments in the context of Scotland’s referendum on independence is the issue of whether an independent Scotland could make a seamless transition to EU membership and under what terms it would be able to join. Daniel Kenealy writes that while the issue has been the subject of bitter disagreements between the Yes and No […]

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    Book Review: Asexuality and Sexual Normativity: An Anthology edited by Mark Carrigan et al.

Book Review: Asexuality and Sexual Normativity: An Anthology edited by Mark Carrigan et al.

The last decade has seen the emergence of an increasingly politically active asexual community, united around a common identity as ‘people who do not experience sexual attraction’. This collection covers the emergence of the concept of ‘normal’ sexuality in the late eighteenth-century, early-twentieth-century public sex education campaigns, and how asexuality is different from hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Iro Filippaki […]

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