The House of Cards Generation

LILLE – I like House of Cards. I like it to the point that I watched the second season in less than 24 hours. I like Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. I like how they portray their characters, Frank and Claire Underwood, a couple who will engineer any imaginable Machiavellian plans in order in the […]

European communication network: viable reaction to NSA scandal?

LONDON. – Angela Merkel has voiced support for a European communication network that would keep out the US. Germany has been pushing the issue of data protection in Europe ever since the NSA scandal first broke. Following revelations that Merkel’s phone had been under surveillance –among 60 million other German calls the NSA had tapped into […]

Hollande Not to Attend Winter Olympics

President François Hollande is the latest addition to the list of key international figures who will not attend the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in February. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced last Sunday without explanation that the President would not be attending. Many speculated that he was following suit of several other world leaders […]

France, Germany Demand Non-spying Agreement

This October, the opening of the European Summit in Brussels was marked with a growing sense of distrust. European leaders, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande, have called for a non-spying “code of conduct” agreement—a move that comes in the wake of the revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency […]

Hollande Isolated on Syria While Domestic Opposition Grows Stronger

The French government is now moving to reenter the conversation on military intervention in Syria, after the focus had shifted to the United States and Russia after a bilateral agreement was reached on Syrian chemical weapons. The September 14 agreement represents a unified front from the two governments, whose recent discussions on Syria had been […]

St. Petersburg Summit Sees G-20 Split over Syria

Discord and disunity were the orders of the day in St. Petersburg, as the 2013 G-20 summit came and went, with Syria sharply dividing the economic group’s members. French President François Hollande insisted afterwards that the meeting had been a productive one. But Hollande’s optimism could not conceal the summit’s icy environment—particularly between the United […]

Patriotism: Dangerous Pride

On January 21, the world witnessed the second inauguration ceremony of the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. From the panoramas of Independence Avenue, one could see hundreds of thousands of Americans waving their flags in a wonderful demonstration of love for their country and President. On May 1, 2012, then-candidate for […]

2012 in Perspective

Historians like important dates, dates that will maintain significance in the history books, dates that mark ruptures and world-changing events. Technically 2012 is not a date; it is a sum of dates, a list of events that made the news, some of which will be remembered for years to come. As this year comes to […]

LJP Live Blog: American Election Results and Global Reactions

La Jeune Politique’s transatlantic team gives us a special perspective on tonight’s election. We will be running a live blog as the results from the US election come in, and we’ll also be covering international responses. Also, check out our Twitter @ljpolitique. Some states, including the battleground state of Virginia, are closing their polls at […]