A Strange Week for the EU: Ups and Downs for the Union

And the winner is… the European Union! Or is it? Friday, the European Union was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for its contribution over six decades “to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.” Certainly, this is great news for the EU which has undergone many political difficulties over […]

Weekly Editorial: The Media, The Extremists and the Freedom of Speech

For more than two centuries, the United States have carried a reputation regarding the freedom of speech: they are the free-ist country in the world. Except for exceptional circumstances, everyone in the country is entitled to express publicly whatever they think. This right has become entrenched in the country’s tradition and is, rightfully, a pride […]

The Lost Spirit of the Olympics

Bread and Games. That was the Roman emperors’ recipe to keep the people happy. In some way, we have lowered our expectations since that period, as we now have to work to win our bread. Now, our satisfaction is guaranteed through the Games only. For fifteen days, the world was turned towards London and as we watched thousands […]

Op-Ed Small Parties: How To Exist Until 2017

Well, the electoral period is over. Now, the political system will shift back to its classic configuration and the fight between the majority and the opposition will replace the ideological debate. Although this change is natural for the two biggest parties (PS and UMP), it is significantly more difficult for the smallest ones. The Front […]

Opinion: France’s Issues with Secularism

Several recent events brought French issues regarding religion back into the forefront. Debates and events regarding the French relationship with religion seem to have accumulated easily in the last few years. One of the latest, the International Football Federation has allowed women soccer players to wear veils during games, creating a huge scandal in France. […]