• Global Europe
  • President Trump

Forget ‘The Wall’: building bridges benefits both America and Mexico

During the 2016 United States presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to put ‘America first’ by bringing in several measures. One of them was building a “beautiful wall” along the country’s southern border in a bid to halt migration. Another was to end “unfair” trade agreements which had “left the US at a disadvantage”, such as… Read article ›

  • Brexit
  • Global Europe

Brexit seen from Australia: pragmatism should trump nostalgia

The United Kingdom’s momentous decision to leave the European Union will have long-lasting consequences for Australia’s relationship with both the EU and the UK. Will Brexit result in reinvigorated ties between Australia and the UK and the EU, or will it disrupt current and future engagement? Brexit will cause much uncertainty in the coming years,… Read article ›

  • Future Europe
  • Global Europe
  • Migration and Integration

Headscarf bans in the workplace: neutrality at any price?

Last month the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued two judgments that led the mainstream media to proclaim that “employers can ban headscarves”. The headlines were overly simplistic. Workplace policies requiring staff not to wear any clothing or symbol of a religious, political or philosophical nature are allowed, but must meet a set of criteria,… Read article ›

  • Future Europe
  • Global Europe
  • Migration and Integration

Headscarf ruling reminds us that religious freedom is not absolute

The European Court of Justice provoked considerable controversy last month when it decided that banning the wearing of headscarves in the workplace could be lawful if part of a general policy barring all religious and political symbols. The Court, judging a case referred from Belgium, held that a ban on wearing visible signs of political,… Read article ›

  • Global Europe
  • Migration and Integration

Sexual violence against refugees goes on: Europe can and must act to end it

Women asylum-seekers leave conflict zones seeking refuge from acute threats, including wartime rape. But Europe is no haven from sexual violence. The media and non-governmental organisations report how refugees in Europe face threats of sexual violence along migration routes, at ports of entry, at transit sites, in detention, and in reception centres. Perpetrators include smugglers,… Read article ›