May 5, 2021
France Faces Its Nationalist Faction
A contretemps started by group of military officers has reinvigorated France’s nationalist right.
Apr 6, 2021
Le Pen's Post-COVID Moment
All lockdowns are unhappy, but every lockdown is unhappy in its own way. Inspired by the measures that had already been taken in China, the goal of the first...
Mar 30, 2021
The Paris Commune Lives On in French Politics
A Freighted Anniversary Becomes Talisman to Both Right and Left
Feb 17, 2021
Empathy, Compassion, Impeachment and Acquittal
The vote that ended Saturday’s second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump will have, at least in the short term, clear political consequences for the country....
Feb 3, 2021
'History Will Judge.' But Should It?
Few phrases were invoked as often as “history will judge” during Donald Trump’s presidency. The frequency of the invocation surely quickened after Trump, voted out...
Jan 27, 2021
Remembering Pericles’ Oration in Athens, Greece
It was a moment of political convulsion and public disquiet; a moment of dire pandemic and demagogic politicians; and a moment to grieve for the dead and galvanize the living. It was...
Jan 22, 2021
French Technocracy Is No Match for the Pandemic
Vaccine Logistics Get the Better of Macron
Jan 2, 2021
The Carnival Goes On
Remarkably, public life not only remains subject to these laws even now, but the odds are good that these laws will remain operative well after January 20. But we can hope for...
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