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The Rise of the Extreme Right in Spain: We thought we were Different to Europe

By Myriam Erquicia Leon Periods of crisis often lead to the rise of the extreme right. In Europe, since the 2007 crisis we have seen examples such as the rise of the League in Italy, the National Front in France or Golden Dawn in Greece. Spain, on the other hand, had always been characterised as not having a prominent extreme right political party. That is, until now. On the Andalusian elections of the 2nd of December 2018, the Spanish extreme-right party Vox gained 12 seats in the Andalusian Parliament. This is the first time in the history of Spanish democracy that an extreme-right party has gained seats in a regional Parliament.

Let Women Control their Uteruses – Equality Will Follow

By Liesbet Debecker These days, society seems to be shifting towards the right. In different Western countries, right-wing parties are gaining popularity, and extreme right-wing movements are on the rise. Thoughts and opinions of the general population are also becoming moving towards the right. This is not without consequence for women’s rights. In conservative and right-wing circles, politicians are not too keen on protecting women’s rights, let alone granting them more. This has damning consequences for women’s ability to decide on the course of their own lives, particularly with relation to reproductive rights.

Towards Implosion? The Pros and Cons of Leaving the EU

By Lauryane Leneveu In 2009, the Treaty of Lisbon introduced Article 50, a formal mechanism which, for the first time, allowed EU Member States to withdraw from the Union. Before the United Kingdom did so in March 2017, no Member State had ever triggered Article 50 or decided to leave the EU. Today, while the embers left by UK’s decision are still burning, the EU may be on the verge of losing other Member States. Tensions are increasing. Doubts are being raised. Is the EU heading towards implosion?

The International Monetary Fund: Human Rights are not my Business?

By Mustapha Hadji The 1980s debt crisis opened the door for IMF to directly interfere in the fiscal and monetary policies of borrowing countries. The Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) have impacted the lives and livelihoods of third world citizens for decades.[1] Reducing public spending was the “magical recipe” prescribed by IMF to crisis-wracked countries to get out of the debt spiral. Cutting public spending meant little to no money for social programs, public education, public health services and many other programs and services that create safety nets for vulnerable social segments of those countries.

The Legal Personality of Rivers

By Bronagh Kieran Lately, the legal personality of rivers has been considered in several jurisdictions. In India, the High Court recognised the legal personality of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in March 2017 however, this decision was overturned in July 2017. Contrastingly, the Whanganui river was recognised as a living entity in New Zealand in March 2017 by way of legislature.