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Sarkozy Goes to War

In 2003, France, under President Jacques Chirac, took the lead in opposing America’s planned invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin’s flamboyant speech at the United Nations encapsulated the “spirit of resistance” against what proved to be a dangerous adventure. In 2011, under President Nicolas Sarkozy, France has again taken a […]

The G20: Is There Still Common Ground?

In the lead up to the Group of 20 Summit in South Korea this November, a global economy caught between recovery and stagnation seemed to be fostering a new type of indecision. The momentum behind policy coordination and consensus that characterized the G20’s first meetings was giving way to power struggles. As the heads of […]

Fearful Natives

A referendum in Switzerland forbids the construction of new minarets. Racial violence explodes in the southern Italian region of Calabria. An intense and controversial debate takes place in France on the issue of national identity. These events have little in common, yet they all point to a growing European trend. More than ever before in […]

Albert Camus: A Stranger in The Panthéon

“It serves him right!” scolded Jean-Paul Sartre when Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957. The author of Being and Nothingness, who took care to decline the same prize in 1964, had not forgiven Camus for his 1951 essay The Rebel. In this study of resistance and revolution, the French Algerian […]

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