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Netanyahu’s Victory Is Just as Bad as It Looks

By Mitchell Plitnick in Politics, March 19, 2015

The only silver lining to the Israeli prime minister’s surprisingly strong reelection victory is that Washington and Brussels might finally get fed up with him.

Greece and the European Neoliberal Cage

By Dimitris Pavlopoulos and Yiorgos Vassalos in Politics, March 16, 2015

SYRIZA’s mild Keynesian programme has been gutted. Is a more democratic economic alternative possible within the framework of the EU?

A Spoke in Erdogan’s Wheel

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Politics, March 12, 2015

The parliamentary elections in June will decide whether Turkey will irrevocably become an AKP-country or whether for the first time since 2002 other majorities might be possible. The decisive factor will be whether the Kurdish HDP manages to pass the 10 percent threshold.

Spain’s Year of the Polls

By Oleguer Sarsanedas in Politics, March 10, 2015

Spain appears to be heading towards an evolved party system in which the big players will be now four, not two. 2015 will be the year in which the powerful emergence of recently-funded new political actors will get translated into parliamentary seats.

Battle of Poitiers and the invention of Europeans

By Alessandro Barbero in Features, March 8, 2015

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.

Mike Leigh: My Turner, Cinematic Painter

By Alessandra Quattrocchi in Arts and Culture, March 6, 2015

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).

Of American Warplanes and Dutch Toy Cars

By Rebecca Giersiefen in Politics, March 3, 2015

An account of a visit to the southern Turkish town of Suruç, where refugees from Kobanê are being put up in In Suruç’s mosques, sport halls, granaries and hastily created tent camps.

Brussels has fallen

By José Ignacio Torreblanca in Features, February 26, 2015

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 given that half the continent remains entangled in semantic games over whether they are signing up to a programme or an interim agreement – and the other half question whether the project makes any sense at all.

Report thy neighbour: policing Sisi’s Egypt

By Maha Abdelrahman in Politics, February 23, 2015

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 in Politics,

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.