opinion / analysis

Germany

Hanau Attack: Echos Of The Past In Germany's Far-Right Hatred

After the killing of nine in the western German town of Hanau, it is clear the state must do more...

Egypt

Regrets And Solitude From An Egyptian Lesbian Turning 40

"Where do we go to die, when we have lived thousands of lifetimes in a world that was not made fo...

China

Coronavirus And The Global Cost Of Chinese Secrecy

-Analysis- PARIS — In his most recent book, Chine, le Grand Paradoxe (China, the Great Paradox), Jean-Pierre Raffarin reminds us that, "the key to diplomacy is reciprocal respect." Prime ...

Egypt

Memory As Defiance: Arab Spring Reflections From Cairo

Nine years after the Jan. 25 popular revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak, so much o...

Argentina

Why Medical Breakthroughs Need More Testing Than Ever

The country's food and drug administration should be careful about rubber stamping medical produc...

Russia

Russia's Shift To China, From Farmlands To Geopolitics

MOSCOW — Nowadays, if you want to hear the Russian language spoken properly in Moscow, you have to go to an upscale restaurant. Anything less posh is occupied by people coming from Central ...

China

Coronavirus Exposes Weakness Of China's Autocratic System

The virus could have been better contained if China had not tried to hush it up at the start. Aut...

France

The Problem With The 'Cash Is Dead' Argument

Cash use is declining, but don't expect it to disappear. Still, there is another popular payment ...

France

A Philosophical Take On Why Emojis Are Just Dumb

Modern languages are rich, beautiful and complex, and took ages to develop. Hearts and smiley fac...

Vatican City

Between Two Popes: Father Georg Gänswein Redefines Vatican Diplomacy

It is the most delicate of roles right now, as Father Georg continues to serve his original boss,...

Iran

Iran: How Weak Is The Regime?

After the U.S. assassination of General Soleimani and Tehran's accidental shooting down of a Ukra...

Russia

Putin's Chess Match With Russia's Constitution As Pawn

A sudden rash of constitutional changes, and the government's subsequent resignation, looks to be...

Colombia

Why Women Are Particularly Vulnerable To Climate Change

-OpEd- BOGOTÁ — Is there a relation between women and the environment? Is it necessary to view environmental policies through female eyes? Is there is a difference in the male and female ...

United States

What Is Art? A 20th-Century Question Oddly Lingers On

Are explicitly polemical art works, by now a tradition in modern culture, related to the wave of ...

France

Roaring Twenties Redux: 12 Bold Predictions For A Decade To Come

Once again, we are entering the Twenties, a decade which, last century, saw an eruption of freedo...

France

Staff Picks, Our 15 Best Stories Of 2019

LES ECHOS 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. Opinions matter, of ...

Cuba

Where Is The Outrage In Latin America Over Cuba?

The island nation hasn't had a free election for more than 70 years. And yet, as millions take to...

Ukraine

How To Renovate Kyiv: Start By Replacing All Soviet-Era Slums

There's an old joke about the apartment complexes named after Khrushchev.

France

The 2019 Dozen — Our 12 Most Popular Stories Of The Year

LA STAMPA Meet The Doctor's Maid Who Inspired The Mediterranean Diet A housekeeper with serious culinary skills helped feed the mind and mouth of Ancel Keys, the American doctor famous for ...

Russia

Preserving Russian Values, Downplaying Domestic Violence

MOSCOW — In a recent letter to the European Court of Human Rights, the Russian Minister of Justice Aleksandr Konovalov declared that the level of domestic violence in the country is ...

Germany

Generation Z Is The First To Switch Off For Christmas

By Dec. 10, one third of German employees have already mentally switched off for the holidays ...

France

The Uniquely French Art Of Blocking Reform, Myth Or Reality?

France is virtually shut down now by national strikes over pension reform. But from Denmark to UK...