Meet the Anti-Semitic French Comedian Who Invented the Quenelle
January 31, 2014
This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. The Passage de la Main d’Or, half a mile or so from the Place de la Bastille, is a nondescript, narrow street in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, which these days is a fairly chic quarter in eastern Paris.
Protestors in Ukraine should take a close look at what has happened in Bulgaria.
Some Bulgarians have even burned themselves alive in protest.
The Baltic nation must grapple with a national tragedy in addition to the economic and political complications of its entry into the Euro zone in January.
The Machiavellian Genius of Angela Merkel
September 22, 2013
To state the obvious: Angela Merkel, who has just won a third term as German chancellor, isn’t very macho. Her preferred free-time pursuit is recreational nature walking.
Why Do Europeans Cause So Many Train Wrecks? Or, the Idiocy of Malcolm Gladwell's Cultural Determinism
July 31, 2013
Blaming Korean culture for the Asiana crash is as idiotic as blaming Europe for the Spanish train wreck. Which doesn't stop people from doing it!
Throw the Bums Out!
March 04, 2013
Why populists are dominating politics in Europe and the United States.
Obama's Pivot to Europe
February 20, 2013
Forget China: A trade deal with Europe would be the real game-changer.
February 13, 2013
Benedict XVI's central ambition was to evangelize his homeland. Why did he fail so badly?
Obama's Europe Troubles, Thomas Friedman’s Self Indulgence, and Women with Guns: Today's TNR Reader
August 10, 2012
Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Thomas Friedman’s columns are not just self-indulgent. They are an assault on humanity. Jacobin Magazine | 7 min (1,717 words) One woman reflects: does owning a gun make her, and other black females, a frontier feminist or an insurrectionist? Bitch Magazine | 15 min (3,803 words) Obama inherited strained relationships with Europe.