In search of Europe’s cultural foundations: ‘the bible and the Greeks’?

‘Europe’ is a fascinating term. A word that everyone knows and that can be found in anyone’s’ mouths yet, one that never has the same significance depending on whoever is thinking it. Truly, from the Greek myth of Europa to the creation of the Treaty of Lisbon, Europe has coined many definitions: some may see …

The European Commission: ‘Europe’s government’?

Since the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, it is safe to say that Europe has been the source of all passion. Notably, the union’s executive branch – the European Commission – has been given many names and definitions depending on which political party view it. In a previous conversation with LREM MP Mickaël Nogal …

The Suez Crisis-Now and Then

The current crisis in the Suez Canal almost relays a sense of comical novelty, as our sophisticated system of global commodity chains and just-in-time delivery has been disrupted by one extremely poorly placed ship. The Japanese owned container ship, named the Ever Given, got stuck on March 23rd in the Suez Canal, wedged horizontally at …

En Marche, Europe, Covid-19 and transatlantic relationship: A conversation with MP Mickaël Nogal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwg452K6OPE A preamble: The title says it all. But to resume it once more, last month, as governments around the word are currently responding to an unprecedented crisis; as vaccines are flowing from laboratories to the vaccination centres in Europe, America and elsewhere; as Democracies all faces a similar and yet so different challenge, we …

The Geopolitics of the Russian COVID-19 Vaccine

When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had developed an effective coronavirus vaccine in August of last year, the response from many Western nations was skeptical at best, and quite often outright dismissive. This initially seemed to be the logical perspective, given that the Russian’s vaccine was the first to be released, despite not …

Mitterrand, between change and continuity

His official portrait showed him in front of a library, reading the ‘essays’ of Montaigne. A sign foreshadowing the great cultural and humanist reforms to be accomplished during his reign. Thus, is how he chose to reveal himself to the French. Yet, first known as an opponent to the Fifth Republic, he wrote the “permanent coup d’état” …

In search of the original charisma: De Gaulle and the Fifth Republic.

Reading on Max Weber’s studies, one can observe different forms of legitimacy behind the authority of a government exercising domination over its population. Three reasons three reasons why should we submit and obey to such political authority can actually be discerned. First, the one of tradition, in which one would obey because the power has been …

Macron: Power and Genealogy of his Presidency

With his mandate still ongoing and the potential chance that he may run for reelection in 2022, the Presidency of Emmanuel Macron being the youngest Chief of State in the history of the French Republic, has brought many questions surrounding his power and the nature of his presidency. Is he some kind of ‘unidentified political …

Why Russia is not a threat to the European Union

In 2016 two events greatly shaped and, to some extent, destabilised the world we live in: the American Presidential election in November and the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom in June. Both events have faced credibility challenges, with observers arguing that both political campaigns have been mined by lies and deception tactics[1]. Political thinkers …

Proposed changes to the Human Medicine Regulation to support the rollout of unlicensed COVID-19 vaccines in the UK

For many years ahead, 2020 will be a reminder of the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that created global chaos, affecting everyone’s life either directly or indirectly. The unforeseen transnational spread of the virus has resulted in over 29.6 million cases worldwide and 938,000+ deaths in a very short time span. As fear for the …