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Uproar in the Internal Market

Whenever we discuss the evolvement of the European Union it does not take long until someone mentions the achievement of the four freedoms – free movement of goods, services, workers and capital. The trade within EU countries is unlimited and no discrimination must be made between the several countries of origin. I was surprised when I recently heard that French ... Read More »

It is Getting Hot in Here: The Politics of Climate Change in 2015

The G7 leaders recently reaffirmed their commitment to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius and phase out non-renewable energies by the end of the century. Naturally, this was well received with environmental NGOs and concerned citizens. But what does this mean in our current context? What is the state of the climate and its accompanying policies and politics in ... Read More »

Hollande’s fall off the governmental pedestal

Recently, it became public that French President François Hollande has been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet for two years. The news reached the headlines of reputable international and European papers and websites such as the BBC and LA Times. Public opinion in France’s neighbouring countries was judgemental to say the least. Surprisingly, the French themselves were rather laconic ... Read More »

Minority Scape Goats

They met each other in a small village not far away from Zagreb. On a dusty road under a linden tree they had their first kiss, it was love at first sight. He was young, divorced, with two kids, while she was simply a beauty, way more than an ordinary village girl. Meet Jelena and Goran, a Roma couple from ... Read More »

What a Canard!

One of the most influential weekly magazines in France is a satirical paper that has eight pages, overpaid employees and a miniscule online presence: Le Canard enchaîné, “The chained duck”, first published in 1915, has become an institution in France, beloved by its readers and feared by the rich and mighty. France´s media landscape is a mess: Nearly all big ... Read More »

Francois’ Sporty Tax

He wants it, he gets it: After his first proposal for a 75% mega tax for income-millionaires was rejected by the Constitutional Court, France’s president Francois Hollande announced in a TV interview to shift the burden of payment from individuals to businesses paying salaries above the magical one-million-euro-line.  That means that companies paying wages higher than €1m p.a. are required to ... Read More »

A Grave Story

“All the gravestones offered were dates, something to serve as mere parentheses around what really happened in a person’s life’’ – Roy MacGregor See that gravestone above this article? It is known as a stècak. The word originates from an even older word stojećak, which can be translated literally as ‘standing thing’.  Stećci are monumental medieval tombstones, that lay scattered across the Balkan area. ... Read More »

France and Homosexuality : Changing Ideas Under Hollande?

For years and years nothing has changed for the gay community in France. Until the day of today, French lesbians and gays cannot marry nor can they adopt children. It seems quite contradictory that the modern and well-developed state of France is lacking behind on this subject. A quick comparison with other EU states shows that both Northern European countries; ... Read More »