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The EU’s row with AstraZeneca: a timeline

The EU and AstraZeneca, the company making the Oxford designed COVID-19 vaccine, have been caught up in a row over supply to the bloc.  The Student takes a look at what went wrong, and why the EU were forced to U-turn after the triggering of article 16, of the Northern Ireland agreement, caused outrage not […]

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EXPLAINED: Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with the EU

Despite repeatedly warning of the extreme likelihood of a no-deal Brexit, Boris Johnson signed a trade agreement with the EU on 24 December. But what exactly does the agreement mean for the UK’s future relationship with the EU and for University of Edinburgh students?  The Student takes a closer look at the agreement.  An Overview of […]

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Landmark ruling in climate case initiated by children and young people

The European court of human rights (ECHR) has ordered 33 European countries to respond to a climate change lawsuit filed by six Portuguese youths, in a landmark ruling. The case, filed against the 27 EU member states plus Norway, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, relates to how governments contribute to global CO2 emissions […]

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Diplomatic Immunity: China faces few consequences over Uighur suppression

On 24th November 2019, a collection of leaked documents from the Chinese government revealed the extent of the suppression of the Uighur ethnic minority in Xinjiang province. The “China cables” confirmed that “re-education camps” were part of a concerted effort to eradicate Uighur culture. In the immediate aftermath, fuelled by popular outcry, Western governments released […]

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Libya’s second civil war and the EU: a way forward

Libya has been in turmoil since Muammar al-Gaddafi was toppled during the Arab Spring in 2011.  Armed groups, “city-states” and tribal factions have all been competing for control. In 2015, the European Union helped set up the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. Since then, Libya has become embroiled in a second civil […]

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The EU would welcome an independent Scotland

The UK has at long last left the European Union. After innumerable political and constitutional crises, no less than three Prime Ministers, two elections and what was quite frankly a stupid amount of time, this ordeal is finally over. The supreme leader, true to his words, ‘got Brexit done’… Except he didn’t. It’s not over […]

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Unison supports second independence referendum following Brexit

The UK’s recent withdrawal from the European Union has led to pressure mounting for a second referendum on Scottish independence. Unison’s Scottish council has voted to give its backing for the Scottish parliament to be given ‘Section-30’ powers, which would allow it to call a second referendum on its own, without the need for Westminster’s […]

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Alister Jack: SNP majority “not mandate for second independence referendum”

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has stated that he did not believe an SNP majority in the 2021 Scottish elections would constitute a mandate for a second independence referendum. Speaking to the BBC, Jack stated that “it was a once in a lifetime, once in a generation vote.” He further pointed out that in spite of […]