FORGETTING THE FRENCH

There are many things we have come to regard as quintessentially French: Coco Chanel’s little black dress, the love of fine wines and gastronomy, the paintings of Auguste Renoir, the smell of burnt rubber in the Paris Metro.” We tend…

BREAKING EUROPE’S HEART

or nearly 70 years, the Franco-German alliance has ruled the European integration game. Despite being fairly dormant for the past few years, the relationship got put on trial this past Monday at the emergency eurozone…

EUROPEAN DIS-UNION

Solidarity: a noun that defies attempts to tether it to reality. Until recently, solidarity was spoken about in the abstract. It was almost always deployed by politicians seeking money or other rewards from their peers. Both Greece’s attempts to secure…

THE RADICALIZATION OF EUROPE

illions of immigrants have come to Western Europe seeking a better life, escape from poverty, and refuge from oppression. Is a better life what these immigrants truly receive? In some regards, yes. Immigrants to Western…

INSURGENT POLITICAL PARTIES IN EUROPE (4)

hen the far left Syriza party won in Greece earlier this year, many predicted a political earthquake shattering the political stability of Europe. Economic austerity and high unemployment suggested anti-establishment politicians might be about to…

INSURGENT POLITICAL PARTIES IN EUROPE (3)

years ago, the Front National (FN) leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, shocked the world by reaching the run-off in the presidential election of 2002. Now, his daughter Marine came first in last year’s European elections. The…