Fostering Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogues

The Global Refugee Crisis – What can WE do?

Around the world, over 60 million people are currently displaced creating the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. This event will explore global, national and local responses to the crisis and a discussion on what we can all do to help. Oliver Schmidtke, director of the Centre for Global Studies at UVic and project leader of "Canada...
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The populist shake-up of Swedish politics

By Oliver Schmidtke , Director of Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria The populist shake-up of Swedish politics: gridlock in Parliament and an emboldened extreme right Sunday’s elections have confirmed what many observers of Swedish politics have dreaded: Sweden is not immune to the advance of populist and anti-immigrant parties...
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Swedish general election 2018: a right-wing surge?

Trygve Ugland, Bishop’s University There is much uncertainty associated with the outcomes of the general election in Sweden on September 9. What seems certain, however, is that the far-right anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) will make great gains in both votes and mandates from the previous election in 2014 when the party received 12.9...
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Lessons Canada can learn from Sweden’s Saudi crisis

Kenneth Macartney , former Ambassador to Sweden, Associate Fellow at the Centre for Global Studies at the University Sweden's 2015 diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia may provide lessons for Canada in seeking some form of rapprochement with the kingdom without apologizing for standing up for basic human rights. Kenneth Macartney wrote an OP-ed for...
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Poland's democracy is being boiled to death while the world watches

Professor Laurent Pech from Middlesex University London answered Euronews' questions regarding the current situation in Poland. "...What about Poland today, in July 2018? As a lawyer, perfectly aware of the changes that are taking place in its legal system, can you say that Poland is a State governed by the rule of law? Is it a democracy? The...
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The Fallout of the Helsinki Summit: Undermining Transatlantic Relations?

Oliver Schmidtke , Director of the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria By all accounts, the meeting between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin was bizarre. While the American intelligence community unanimously came to the conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 Presidential election and indicted12 Russian...
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The EU summit in Brussels: Migration as a highly divisive issue

By Oliver Schmidtke , Director of Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria Going into the Brussels summit, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the fate of the European Union would ‘hang in the balance’. For too long, the EU has not been able to find a common approach to governing migration and asylum in terms of a...
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European Migration Crisis Escalates

Oliver Schmidtke, director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, in an interview with CBC News Network. Hundreds of migrants on their way to Spain over the weekend, after Italy blocked the ship from its port. France’s president Macron criticized Italy, while Italian politicians called this statement hypocritical. How...
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EUROPE's NOW Special feature "Governing the Migration Crisis"

CEDoM's new activity: The new special feature of EUROPE NOW with the focus on Governing the Migration Crisis - Introduction by Oliver Schmidtke, Jennifer Elrick and Nicole Shea "Over the past several years, we have reached a new quality in the global migration crisis: The years 2015 and 2016 were the most turbulent in recent history of refugee...
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New Government in Spain: What Change Can Be Expected?

David Moffette , University of Ottawa Introduction After 7 years in power, Mariano Rajoy is no longer Spain’s prime minister. On June 1 st , his minority People’s Party (PP) government lost a confidence vote, a first in the history of democratic Spain. His rival, the Socialist Pedro Sánchez, automatically became the new prime minister. The...
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