We should follow Sweden in combatting foreign interference in our democratic proceedings.
Since the Cold War, it has become notably evident that Russian interference over democratic proceedings has increased. During my course in Government & Politics A-Level, I have taken a particular interest in the argument over whether there is a democratic deficit within the European Union. A key idea for this, would be that as Russia has increasingly interfered within democratic elections of European states, how is it possible to unify the European Union when elections themselves are not fully democratic? Such a question pushed me forward to read more about this topic, where I became fascinated by Russian espionage attempts to undermine democratic proceedings. I consider this to be one of the leading global issues we have, and this has become exacerbated by the fact that it is a threat that is continuously increasing. However, I believe that recent tactics used by Sweden should act as an example to ensure a comprehensive approach to combatting foreign interference in democracy.
Can Congress be considered to fulfil its legislative and oversight function well?
Woodrow Wilson stated in 1885 that “congress in its committee rooms is congress at work.” This statement is no more evident in today’s functions of Congress, where congressional committees set the legislative possibilities that each Congress can obtain. The question is, however, does Congress lack a good function in its legislative and oversight agenda, or does it fulfil its tasks well enough? The 116th Congress (2019 to 2021) is of no more than a prime example in assessing its lacking legislative function, with only one per cent of its laws enacted. Nonetheless, no matter its inexactitude over the function, it is Congress’s position which enshrines the United States’ separation of powers and therefore highlights Congress’s role to fulfil its legislative and oversight function well.