Editorial: The EU Referendum

Here at Pertinent Problems, we strive to promote free and open debate, and inquiry at the very highest of levels on the global issues that matter. In an EU referendum campaign that has been too close to call, we think it would be helpful to those seeking to gain an understanding of the debate to present…

Let’s be frank: we’re staying in the EU

Barack Obama’s recent comments that it could take 10 years for the UK to sign a trade deal with the USA should they leave the EU,  has resigned me to something I’ve been trying to deny for a while. Regardless of the merit of the arguments on either side, it is ultimately the fear factor…

The Pernicious Tendencies of the Referendum

Hi everyone – I’m Sahil from theforeignmonde.wordpress.com and I’m guest posting today – if you’re interested in the EU and foreign affairs etc. be sure to visit my blog.   Hugo Rifkind’s article in the Times a while ago summed up my sentiment on the EU issue in a way – all conversations are bound…

In defence of Euroscepticism

The last time the public had a vote on our relationship with the rest of Europe was in 1975. At the time this was a vote simply over whether or not we should join a ‘common market’ which is quite difficult to vehemently oppose. However, not only has the EU evolved into a political federation, but no-one…

Should the UK stay in the EU?

Hey! I’m Shrey and I will be heading up the Economics section for Pertinent Problems, in addition to writing for my own, personal blog. I’m looking forward to hearing and engaging with your thoughts! In the wake of David Cameron’s spectacular announcement regarding the 2017 EU referendum, the debate regarding the UK’s European Union membership has…

Immigration arguments for leaving the EU are not credible

Hello readers, I’m Oscar, a friend of Aditya’s and I’ve recently accepted an offer to submit for the website. I’ll be writing similar articles to his, and I look forward to some lively and interesting discussions on politics and current affairs. Below is an article I wrote a while ago about the immigration based arguments…

Europe must respond to the migrant crisis by opening up, not closing down

Hi Everyone, I’m Sahil from theforeignmonde.wordpress.com and I’m guest posting today. I’d love to hear anything you have to say. If you’re interested, my blog has articles about the EU; Jeremy Corbyn and the wider world in general. ________________________________________________________________________ Europe is the place of my dreams – a continent steeped in culture; history and liberal thought –…

Europe’s current situation should be a cause for concern.

In only 3 years [2010-13] approval of the EU from nations such as Greece and Spain have halved. It’s a bit of a sombre way to start an article but hey, I didn’t come up with these figures. It’s the world we live in. Only a few months ago in the Greek Elections, Golden Dawn,…