Achieving Solidarity amongst the EU Member States in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The European Union is currently challenged by a flow of refugees, that mostly originates from Syria. Last year, more than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe. We have

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Entering the Field of International Relations

In the business of IR it is partly what you know and mainly whom you know… The study of international relations (IR) is a theoretical one. The obligatory courses revolve

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Why a Beheading in Saudi Arabia Threatens the Whole Middle East

Written by André Harris Beheadings are not uncommon in Saudi Arabia – but one carried out this week has the potential to destabilise the whole Middle East. Sheikh Nimr Baqr

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The Peculiar Political Potentialities of Social Media

Political activism. What a beautiful phrase. It rolls off your tongue with heroic ease and fills your soul with lofty ideals. It invites connotations of emancipation, community and justice. We

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Staying below 2°C: The implications of the Paris Agreement for the Netherlands

Are you enjoying your Christmas holidays? If you are in the Netherlands you will probably have noticed by now: no white Christmas this year. In fact, this is the warmest

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BB-8 Star Wars Droid

The Star Wars series encouraged the public’s increasing desire to have a robot in the house. Imagine this: a small, round object that moves in your living room, answers your

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Widening or Closing the Window of Opportunity?..

EU-Ukraine Association Agreement – What It Brings to Europeans, Dutch, and Ukrainians  The referendum on the approval of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine will be held

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Checks Presents the Three Ultimate Christimas Gifts

Dear faithful Checks Community,  Twelve days left until Christmas, but obviously we could not care less about Christmas, this commercialised and old-fogyish tradition of giving and receiving presents – so materialistic –

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The Man Who Turned Fiction Into Reality?

-An article on Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission and a changing France- Paris, the night of the 6th of January 2015. Michel Houellebecq, enfant-terrible of the French literary world, is sitting in

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‘Islam, for a Better World?’ – The World of Islamic Banking

In recent years, no religion in the world had to face so much criticism and negativity as the Islam. Since the media tends to show just one part of the

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