opinion / analysis

China

Memories Of Tiananmen And A Passing Yugoslav-Chinese Flirt

I was not at Tiananmen those weeks in the spring 1989, when thousands of students occupied the square, demanding more room in a modernizing China. Nor was I there in those horrid hours between the ...

Germany

70 Years On, Germans Find Pride In Their Constitution

Against a tide of right-wing nationalism, Germany's Basic Law — with its emphasis on fundamen...

Italy

Nationalism 2.0: The Far Right's Dark Powers Of Storytelling

From France to Poland, the far-right draws people in with plot lines that offer fast and easy ans...

Germany

How Climate Change May Sink Europe's Ruling Political Class

The recent EU election results show that younger voters in particular are sick and tired of slow-...

Argentina

The Feminist Case Against Catcalling Laws

"Nice legs baby!" Argentina has taken steps to make certain kinds of verbal harassment a punishab...

Venezuela

The Punishing Toll Of Venezuela's Pulverized Economy

Economists say it's worse than the Great Depression. Money is worthless in the ruined South Ameri...

France

What Europe Should Worry About Most: Bad Demographics

Migration was a hot-button topic in last week's EU elections. But deeper demographic issues are s...

Italy

Bicycle Thieves Of Italy, Yesterday and Today

The 1948 neo-realist cinematic masterpiece can be a key to understand Italian society today. With...

France

France's Yellow Vests And The Problem With Post-Truth Economics

Opinion shapers have a habit these days of disregarding facts, be they scientific or economic. Op...

Mexico

Mexican Delusions: López Obrador's Twisted Idea Of Progress

The Mexican president's overhaul of public life is riding roughshod over interests, including tho...

Egypt

IPO And Beyond: How Uber Rolled Into Our Lives - A World Tour

Long before Uber's multi-billion-dollar IPO, the ride-hailing app has been shaking the economic and legal foundations of the dozens of countries around the world where it's landed. Not only has it ...

France

Marvel In The Office? How To Work With Captain America

How would you deal with Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, if you were his boss — or colle...

Italy

From Berlusconi's TV Optimism To Salvini's Dark Tweets

Once upon a time, Italy embraced its own politically incorrect billionaire-turned-politico. And y...

Venezuela

Venezuela: The Hard Part About Overthrowing Maduro

The opposition has so far failed to provoke a military uprising against President Nicolás ...

France

What The 1700s Teach Us About Today's Fake News Epidemic

Just as they were during the information wars of the 18th century, education and critical thinkin...

Argentina

Argentina: Another "Cracked" Democracy?

Unless Argentina finds the right leaders to undertake crucial reforms of the state and public lif...

France

Notre Dame, Macron And The Imperative For National Unity

Bogged down by months of protests, the embattled French president now faces a new kind of challen...

France

Notre Dame Fire: French Lessons In Risk Management

In all likelihood, the cause of the Notre Dame fire is linked to mundane management issues. It's ...

France

All Greek To Them: How Three Colombians Found Athens In Italy

Three Colombians ended up in Atena Lucana, Italy, instead of Atenas, Greece.

France

Notre Dame: An Evolving Symbol Of France Is Bound To Live On

The events that have marked the 800-year history of the Notre Dame cathedral bear witness to the ...

United States

How Julian Assange And WikiLeaks Changed Journalism

-Analysis- For press-freedom advocates, Julian Assange has long been a polarizing figure. And his arrest Thursday in London once again ignited the seemingly endless debate: Is the WikiLeaks ...

France

To Be Young, British And Living In Paris As Brexit Looms

How the current Brexit debacle looks (and feels) from a member of what may be Britain's last gene...