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Making Sense of the 2022 French Elections

Making Sense of the 2022 French Elections

Fair Observer's new feature FO° Insights makes sense of issues in the news. Even as a Ukrainian missile strike has sunk a Russian warship, recent events in France were arguably even more important. Therefore, we spoke to eminent French journalist Florence Biedermann about the first round of...

In Germany, Anti-Semitism Just Won’t Go Away

In Germany, Anti-Semitism Just Won’t Go Away

Sonny and Cher are among the best-known duos in pop history. Their 1965 single “I Got You Babe” is a must in any “best of” oldies-but-goodies compilation. On YouTube, the song has been viewed more than 14 million times. After the couple divorced, Cher embarked on a fulminant career that...

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

If not for the familiar awkwardness of social distancing rules, the scene at the digital party conference of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) would have been fit for a daytime game show. With the theme from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” playing in the background and the CDU's...

The Wirecard Debacle Calls for a Rethink

The Wirecard Debacle Calls for a Rethink

Wirecard AG, the Munich-based payments and financial services company that was a member of the DAX index of Germany’s 30 leading blue-chip stocks, collapsed spectacularly and filed for insolvency on June 25. Among many lessons, this disaster has revealed major gaps in audit...

The Challenges Facing the Eurozone

The Challenges Facing the Eurozone

The current public health crisis has become a major challenge for European economies. It particularly affects countries in the southern part of the eurozone, as they are still suffering from the effects of the euro debt crisis of 2009-12. In the absence of a convincing fiscal policy response from...

Looking for a New Chapter in Central Eastern Europe

Looking for a New Chapter in Central Eastern Europe

Central Eastern Europe (CEE) has been hit by the novel coronavirus — which causes a disease called COVID-19 — at a time when upgrades to its industry are overdue, the cost of labor has gone up, the tailwinds from EU funding are about to wane, and the region is in desperate...

Emmanuel Macron Promotes “le Startupisme”

Emmanuel Macron Promotes “le Startupisme”

Bloomberg offers its readers a look at a typically French phenomenon: a government’s economic cheerleading around the promotion of a simplistic idea that makes its traditionally stale policies appear more modern and dynamic than they actually are. One of the classic ploys is to borrow...

When an Albanian and a Serb Meet for the First Time

When an Albanian and a Serb Meet for the First Time

Despite the conflict ending 20 years ago, the effects of the Kosovo War live on today. In Kosovo, there are still some Albanians and Serbs who never mix. In this video, the BBC tells the story of two young people who meet for the first time.

Education and Surveillance Are Merging in the UK

Education and Surveillance Are Merging in the UK

The United Kingdom has begun deploying what it calls reception baseline assessment for children entering primary school. It promises to “provide the basis for a new way of measuring the progress primary schools make with their pupils.” It sounds very rational, but according to a survey...

Playing Constitutional Hardball on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Playing Constitutional Hardball on Both Sides of the Atlantic

The New York Times has its own version of The Daily Devil’s Dictionary, glossing words or expressions that appear in the news cycle. They call it “The Interpreter.” Consistent with the newspaper of reference’s heavily marketed image of “gray” seriousness, it is more angel than...

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