Is Charlemagne French or German?

The story of Charlemagne, the first sovereign of both France and Germany, is a rich one. In this article, Deputy Editor Sarah Jones looks at Europe’s development and progression with regards to Charlemagne’s rule.  Charlemagne (c.747-851 AD), (Charles le Grand or Karl der Große) has an ambiguous place in European history. Undoubtedly the greatest European…

O BNDES: “uma caixa-preta indevassável”

In this article, Edward O’Brien looks more closely at the Petrobras scandal that has recently gained a lot of attention both in Brazil and abroad, due to the international networks that have been implicated in the various investigations surrounding it. Here, O’Brien discusses more specifically the nature of corruption involved in the scandal and how…

Revolutionary Desire in ‘Le Mariage de Figaro’

One of France’s best loved plays is The Marriage of Figaro – praised for its comedic and romantic intrigue, as well as the crucial role it played in heralding the 1789 revolution. In this essay our French Content Editor, Sarah Jones, explores the politics of eighteenth-century drama through the character of Chérubin. Chérubin (left) hides behind Suzanne’s chair when the…

To Dive or Not to Dive

Taking the debate about the way in which Harry Kane won his recent match saving penalty against West Ham (Tottenham 2 – 2 West Ham, 22nd February 2015) as his inspiration, our Greek Editor Ahilleas Rokni gives us his take on the one issue from which football just can’t seem to escape: diving. Diving is perhaps one…