How can the vast divisions revealed by the US election be healed?
This year’s election process has exposed like never before just how divided and disgruntled America is. A Gallup poll found that only 8% of Americans are satisfied with both presidential campaigns, and only 28% of the country is satisfied with the way things are going in America. Donald Trump was called a racist, a
Globalisation has led to prosperity to for some, but left many behind in economic stagnation, and seen entire states suffer from their industries collapsing. Ethnic minorities make up an increasingly large part of the population, and through movements such as Black Lives Matter are rising up against injustices against them, but this is sparking a backlash from those who believe racism to be a thing of the past. Millennials, burdened by huge student loans and struggling to get on the housing ladder, have a very different view of the country from baby-boomers, who see a young generation wanting everything handed to them on a plate. Mr. Trump's election is set to deepen the divides. What can be done to pull the country back together?
A storm of controversy has been stoked after photographs emerged of police in Nice ordering a Muslim woman on the beach to remove items of clothing following a burqini ban in 15 French towns. But is it right for governments to decide what a woman should, or should not wear? Some, especially in Western society, see the burqa as a tool of oppression against women. But for others, governments banning the clothing some Muslim women wear is an infringement of personal freedoms and, in Western society, an Islamophobic measure. Should it be up to the state to decide?
Three years after promising a referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron announced in late February that Britain will go to the polls on June 23 to answer the question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" If voters opt to leave, it will have profound consequences not only for the UK but for the EU and transatlantic relations. The EU is already embattled and a divorce with its second-largest economy and second most populous member state - albeit one which has always had a troubled relationship with the bloc - could inflict grave damage. The US has declared a "profound interest" in a very strong UK staying in a strong EU. Within Britain, the debate is already fierce and being fought on five main fronts: Migration, the economy, security, Britain's global influence and sovereignty.