Is the UK Labour Party dead?
Britain’s Labour Party boasts more members than any other political party in the EU, and they re-elected Jeremy Corbyn, its socialist leader, with a thumping majority last year. But the broader electorate seems not to share their faith. Indeed, according to a new report by the socialist Fabian Society, which helped found Labour, the party is on course to win fewer than 200 seats at the next election - its worst performance since 1935. Labour has recovered from seeming electoral oblivion in the past, winning three landslide victories from 1997 to 2005 after 18 years in opposition. Is this time different?
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.