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Battle of Poitiers and the invention of Europeans

By Alessandro Barbero

Professor of Medieval History Alessandro Barbero examines a defining moment in European history, the Battle of Poitiers in 732 AC when Charles Martel defeated the “wali” of al-Andalus.

 

Brussels has fallen

By José Ignacio Torreblanca

José Ignacio Torreblanca, head of the Reinvention of Europe programme at European Council on Foreign Relations questions whether or not the existence of the European Union can be guaranteed ...

Mike Leigh: My Turner, Cinematic Painter

By Alessandra Quattrocchi

In "Mr Turner" Mike Leigh draws the impassioned portrait of the last 25 years in the life of William Turner, English master of painting (1775-1851).

Report thy neighbour: policing Sisi’s Egypt

By Maha Abdelrahman

A regime bereft of legitimacy, save for its promise to guarantee national security, turns citizens into active players in a new culture of surveillance and reporting.

Dateline Damascus: fighting on all fronts

By Robert Dulmers - Teun Voeten

For 12 days, two Dutch journalists travelled all over Assad’s Syria. They spoke with high-ranking officials in government and generals at the front lines. A unique look behind the scenes.

Arts & Culture

Beat Box

By MC Ledbetter

Updated for February 2015. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Blind Willie McTell, Antonio Serrano and Albert ...

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art

Docfilmfest

Docfilmfest

Travel Writing

The White Temple of Chiang Rai

The artist Chalermchai Kositpipat has dedicated himself to creating an offering to Lord Buddha, in the Thai City of Chiang ...

Travel Writing

​Verdun, France and Europe

'During the time that the battle of Verdun raged, the dead from both sides equalled almost the entire losses ...

Political Tours

Political Tours