The Maltese yet again find themselves in the limelight of European Politics, this time with Dr. Alex Agius Saliba being elected as the Vice-President of the Socialists and Democrats group within the European Parliament. Elections took place last Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, resulting in Agius Saliba receiving 85% of the votes. Agius Saliba will be … Continue reading Maltese S&D Vice-President: Alex Agius Saliba
Domestic abuse can be defined as a pattern of incidents of coercive, controlling, degrading, threatening, and violent behaviour, that includes sexual violence. Below are some signs to look out for that indicate that a person is being physically abused:• Blackened or swollen eyes.• Busted lips.• Sprained wrists.• Bruises on the limbs. There are signs of … Continue reading The Brutal Hand
The islands of Malta and Gozo are once again in the limelight of European Politics’ news as First Vice President of the European Parliament, Robert Metsola, officially expresses her bid for the Presidency of the European Parliament. Metsola, which happened to be one of the first individuals to graduate from the European Studies bachelors degree … Continue reading Roberta Metsola’s candidacy for European Parliament President
Legal disputes between Poland and the European Union have been ongoing for the past six years, gradually increasing in severity. These disputes experienced a dramatic escalation on the 7th of October, 2021, after a ruling was passed by Poland’s constitutional tribunal. This ruling argued that when it comes to certain EU laws, the Polish constitution … Continue reading Poland’s court ruling and the EU legal order
Due to the few sign-ups to the Blue Card scheme, the European Parliament (EP) approved the EU `Blue Card` reform which had; 556 in favour, 105 against, and 31 abstainers. The original purpose the `Blue Card` which was introduced in 2009, was to bring highly skilled workers from outside the EU to plug in the … Continue reading What`s up with the Blue Card Reform?
The 26th of September 2021 marked the end of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s sixteen-year rule on Germany in a parliamentary election. Olaf Scholz, leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD), a centre-left political party, claimed that they gained victory over former Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political party. Angela Merkel was the leader of the conservative Christian Democratic … Continue reading Change hitting germany
The Polish editorial office ‘Belsat TV’, based in Minsk, Belarus, was systematically raided by the Belarussian police on the 21st of May 2021. Belsat TV was the last standing independent platform in Belarus under the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko. This was due to the approximately 500 arrests of journalists and media professionals since August … Continue reading The situation in Belarus
On July 15th, 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) reaffirmed the prohibition of wearing any visible form of expression of political, philosophical or religious beliefs in the workplace, thus supporting employers who restrict women from wearing Hijabs and other religious attires to their workplace, with the aim of maintaining a neutral … Continue reading The ban on Hijabs
Close to the end of June 2021, Hungary passed a law, imposing a ban on any LGBTIQ+ references for minors, which law led to several controversies in the EU. This implies that homosexual individuals are banned from appearing in educational matters or TV programmes in instances aimed for individuals under 18 years of age. This … Continue reading What actions can the EU take on Hungary’s situation?
Neil Agius, a 35 year old ex-Olympian broke the world record for the Longest Ocean Swim. This world record was previously held by the British Chloe McCardel with a distance of 124.4km. Neil Agius completed the 125.6km swim in 52 hours, which started from Linosa and ended in Gozo. The original route was from Tunisia … Continue reading Neil Agius breaks the world record!