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A gloomy, rudderless France

By Patrice de Beer

It seems a hopeless task, as we see President François Hollande slide lower and lower in this slippery slope of unpopularity, now around 13% in opinion polls. But he is not alone. The entire élite class shares in this negative image amongst the population.


Review: Zakhar Prilepin’s ‘Sankya’

By Maxim Edwards

A cult novel by one of Russia’s most provocative and original writers has just come out in English translation. Both Medvedev and Putin have read the novel – a fact, ...

Is the ECB doing QE?

By Charles Wyplosz

The ECB announced that it would begin buying securities backed by bank lending to households and firms. The markets and the media generally greeted this announcement with enthusiasm, but Charles ...

Tackling Food and Fuel Subsidies

By Jeffrey Frankel

Subsidies for food and energy are economically inefficient, but can often be politically popular. Jeffrey Frankel, Harpel Professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government discusses the efforts by ...

China and Latin America – Shock and Ore

By David Hill

China has become Latin America’s third biggest source of foreign investment as a mining boom unleashes a new wave of infrastructure funding explains David Hill in China Dialogue.

Arts & Culture

Encounter at the crossroads of Europe

By Will Stone

Stefan Zweig was one of the most famous writers of the 1920s and 30s. Will Stone explores the importance of the Austrian’s early friendship with the oft overlooked Belgian poet ...



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Travel Writing

German Brazilians in Southern Brazil

German immigration to Rio Grande do Sul is celebrating its 190th anniversary this summer. Despite the ban on German schools ...

Travel Writing

Travels Through Rural China

Returning to China after several years absence, Olga Jazzarelli describes the dramatic changes in China's social, cultural and physical landscapes ...

Political Tours

Political Tours