The Trouble With Speeches
April 27, 2013
Demosthenes was the greatest orator in classical history. He also stoked the flames of the Greek pride that persists to this day.
How Europe Earned Its Nobel Peace Prize
December 07, 2012
When 500 million Europeans receive their Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, here's why they really will deserve it.
The Private Sector Bail-Out of Europe’s Culture Industry
November 16, 2012
This summer, the Internet warmly embraced the birth of “Monkey Jesus,” a tragicomic attempt by a well-intentioned octogenarian in Spain to restore a decaying fresco by herself. But the ape-ified “restoration” wasn’t just a source of countless online memes; it was a grim symptom of a crisis metastasizing across Europe.
The Terrifying Rise of Greece’s Nazi Party
October 19, 2012
They own the streets; is parliament next?
Against Foodie Diplomacy
September 11, 2012
The State Department wants to rebrand American cooking by enlisting TV Chefs as ambassadors. What could go wrong?
Nebbishes, Xenophobes, and the Super Collider That Was Never Built: Today’s TNR Reader
August 21, 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! Collision course: How a Texan physicist almost discovered the God Particle.
June 30, 2012
Has this been the tournament of Euroredemption? It has been impossible to follow Euro 2012 unaware of political frissons, and the echoes of the other Euro, as the European Union undergoes its gravest crisis since Treaty of Rome in 1957. “Greece Leaves the Euro” was one cheeky London tabloid headline after the Greeks were beaten 4-2 (it had to be Germany who beat them).
The Neutral’s Final
June 26, 2012
Could there be a better final for this year’s Euro than Spain vs. Germany? One of the great joys of watching the Euro as an American is the ability to be unapologetically mercenary in my fandom. Germany vs. Portugal? I pick Germany because I can’t stand the smugness of Cristiano Ronaldo’s smile, and those young Germans seem like such good, wholesome guys. Germany vs. Greece? Can’t resist the geo-political underdog narrative, so Greece all the way. Ultimately, this approach is about rooting for one of two things: Either the most compelling story or the most entertaining match.
Greece Vs. Germany
June 22, 2012
Lord spare us from any further jokelettes about tonight’s Bail-Out fixture between Germany and Greece. In any case, the boys from Monty Python were way ahead of you: That was then and this is now, and the Greeks need more inspiration than this to prevail this evening.
June 20, 2012
Czech Republic vs. Portugal I think Portugal wins. When your chances of winning are drastically reduced because Rosicky won’t be playing, you’re not that good of a team. No offense to Tomas. I’m an Arsenal fan and he’s been wonderful this season, almost as good as he was before the spate of injuries that befell him. But he’s nowhere near the main man. Portugal has been playing well. Second game: Germany vs. Greece Germany wins, but my heart is with the Greeks.