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 Great Civilisational Divergence – What can the history of civilisations teach us about the rise of modern China?

The following article was written by Aleksa Andrejevic. Aleksa studies History and International Relations at the University of Liverpool Hope and is a guest writter for The Political. ‘I am Emperor, my descendants will be numerous. From the second generation to the ten thousand, my line will not end.’ These are the very words of …

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 …

What could the Navalny case change for Russia?

Since 17 January, more than 10,000 people have been arrested by the Russian authorities for taking part in demonstrations and political actions related to the Navalny case. This significant deployment of silovikis (law enforcement agencies) may seem impressive at first glance. But what does such use of repressive forces mean? Is the Kremlin that intimidated …

Lebanon After the Blast: A State on the Brink of Collapse

The horrific scenes of the explosion in Beirut on August 4th of 2020 shocked the world, with graphic videos of the massive blast widely circulating through the news, and on social media. Experienced by much of the world as yet another disturbing scene of 2020 viewed through a smartphone, it adds yet another incalculable burden …

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” …

Assessing the democratic advantage. A book review of The Return of Great Power Rivalry by Matthew Kroenig

In 1987, Paul Kennedy publishes The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. This provoking work paved the way for a new current of American foreign policy thinking: American diclinism. According to this school, Washington can no longer dominate the international plane and will inevitably decline to the profit of other powers, whether it might be …

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 …

$15/hour Minimum Wage or UBI?

Nobody should work fulltime and not be able to have food on their table, shelter over their head and water to drink. But what kind of policy implementation works best in order for people to get by on a fulltime job while simultaneously ensuring that businesses and organization are not disincentivized from hiring? This article …