Despite the SPD only winning 20.5% of the vote the party still managed to gain to key concessions from its (possible) future coalition partner. However, opposition is growing amongst SPD grassroots activists, headed by the leader of the Young Socialists, Kevin Kühnert, with his #nogroko campaign. While the leaders of both parties are in favour of forming yet another grand coalition, SPD members still have to agree to accept the party entering such a coalition. And their consent is far from certain.
The Trump administration lacks a coherent policy on Iran. Important members of the cabinet have publicly supported the Iran deal, yet Trump has threatened to unilaterally withdraw from it repeatedly. On October 15 he could decertify that Iran is adhering to the nuclear deal, making the deal effectively meaningless. This could potentially create a nuclear armed rogue Iran that would be completely in opposition with the long-term national security interests of the US, Europe and Israel.
India’s Goods and Service Tax is far from a true economic reform but rather the product of a political compromise in a wildly diverse country. It disregards economic principles and is full of imperfections. Nonetheless small steps forward are better than nothing.
Theresa May's gamble to not only extend the Conservative Party’s majority in the Commons, but also to protect her position as prime minister utterly failed. It is time for May to change her strategy and stop viewing the negotiations as a battle between the UK and the EU.
The proposed law with the long name aims to rid social network sites of hate speech. The decision process would be outsourced to private companies, meaning any controversial content would be deleted in order to avoid draconic fines without having to justify their reasoning. As most hate speech lies in a legal grey zone, Facebook et. al. would be able to decide what is morally acceptable online. The proposed law ultimately risks censoring nonconformist opinions or at least driving them further away from societal mainstream (or at least social networks).
Despite the surge in national polls and a huge media hype, Germany's Social Democrats have lost to Angela Merkel's ruling CDU in three state elections. A victory for Martin Schulz in the upcoming federal elections seems increasingly unlikely. Law-and-order will dominate the next four months - a topic closely associated with the CDU. So are there any real alternatives to another grand coalition?
Trump isn’t a normal president. His unpredictability could prompt Beijing to tighten its act on Pyongyang. This might turn out to be a real asset in the conflict in the sense that it could convince Beijing to abandon tolerating Kim Jong-un’s erratic behaviour.
Le Pen is the wrong populist candidate to bet on in the next big election. She is unlikely to win and the returns for her entering the second round are extremely low. Rather, you should bet your money on the radical left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
It should be profoundly worrying to the Kremlin that a young generation that only knows Putin and Medvedev as their leaders is not able to be controlled by propaganda and willing to demonstrate against the regime. Nonetheless, 2017 is pretty unlikely to end up in history books as the year of the Russian Spring.
The Saudi-led coalition has been waging an immensely expensive war for the last two yeas in the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula. Yet the prospects for peace seem further away as ever. The Trump administration desperately needs to rethink America's Yemen policy.
Farah Diba, the wife of the last Shah, was an avid collector of modern art. Just two years before the 1979 Islamic Revolution she opened the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art - one of the first museums solely dedicated to modern art and the largest collection outside of Europe and North America. Berlin's National Gallery and Rome's MAXXI joined forces to show 61 paintings from the permanent collection in December 2016. However, things didn't really go according to plan.
It is still hugely unclear what exactly Donald Trump’s foreign policy stances as the next president of the US will be. The recent nomination of the chief executive of Exxon Mobil and BFF of Vladimir Putin, Rex Tillerson, as his preferred US secretary hints that realpolitik and deal-making will be Trump’s foreign policy of choice. While it is still uncertain what America’s new found love with Russia might look like in the future, Trump has made it quite clear that ties with China will fundamentally change.
The EU referendum and the American elections have brought white working-class voters back to the global political arena. In the aftermaths of the two elections they have been blamed for making the decisive difference. Most strikingly about these elections is that this group's interests are very likely to be harmed by their votes. Yet they decided to vote against their traditional representatives. So what exactly went wrong? Where does the anger come from? And why has politics failed the white working-class so badly?
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the proposed free-trade agreement between Canada and the European Union, has been effectively brought to a halt by the regional parliament of Wallonia, the French speaking region of Belgium. Is CETA just as doomed as its more controversial brother, TTIP?