This year, which marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, saw the ascent of Bodo Ramelow — a prominent member of the far-left Die Linke party — to the prime minister’s seat in the eastern German state of Thuringia. Kwame Newton argues that Die Linke must divorce its present-day image from that of the former Socialist Unity Party of East Germany in order to gain popular legitimacy.
Nearly three months after the collapse of a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, little has changed in Eastern Ukraine — except for the number of casualties. Ali Peterson argues that the EU must swiftly ratify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which could potentially stave off the growing aggression of pro-Russian separatists.
Following Turkey’s decision at the end of October to allow small groups of Iraqi Kurdish fighters to pass through its territory in order to join the fight against ISIS, Turkey announced two weeks ago that it has agreed to provide these groups with military training. According to Jacob Brunell, new cross-border dynamics have led Turkey to support the Kurds in increasingly visible ways.
Seeking to consolidate and further enhance the country’s status as “the national homeland of the Jewish people,” the Israeli cabinet voted two weeks ago in favor of a hotly contested “Jewish State Bill” that will from here on out define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Jordan Jackson argues that the Israeli government must lay equal emphasis on the Jewish and democratic qualities of the country.