by | Mar 11, 2020

One consequence of the United Kingdom’s victory in securing independence from the super-state pretensions of the European Union may be to rejuvenate the EU itself. Not that the UK, as a member state, posed an inexorable risk to the viability…

by | Feb 25, 2020

“France has neither winter nor summer nor morals,” observed Mark Twain. “Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.” The sage of Hannibal, Missouri, was right on both points. France’s temperate climate, moderated by the Gulf Stream, lacks the…

by | Feb 10, 2020

“There is a dayspring in the history of this nation, which perhaps those only who are on the mountaintops can as yet recognize,” Benjamin Disraeli wrote of England. “You deem you are in darkness, and I see a dawn.” Since January 31,…

by | Feb 6, 2020

President Emmanuel Macron traveled to Poland this week to assure his hosts that France will not let the Russians do anything bad to them. At the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, alma mater and home town of his host, President Andrzej…

by | Jan 14, 2020

France enters another week of strikes in public transportation, while the government hopes its latest offer will end the commuters’ misery. It is not only commuters who have been suffering long-delays or forced detours in rail and subway service. The…

by | Dec 27, 2019

’Tis indeed the season to be jolly, but don’t expect much merriment here. To be sure, the weeks of France’s ongoing strikes against the attempt by the government of President Emmanuel Macron to reform the country’s creaky retirement system is…

by | Dec 16, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resounding win in last week’s United Kingdom elections is the rough equivalent of winning the U.S. presidency by a margin of 10 percent. That’s a landslide by anyone’s measure. Johnson campaigned on the slogan of “Get…

by | Dec 13, 2019

If, as is likely, you got your French history info from Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca, you know the legendary French Resistance (small bands of patriots that suddenly included 40 million Frenchmen on June 8, 1944) began in Africa as well as…

by | Dec 8, 2019

London On Wednesday, President Donald Trump abruptly left a NATO summit near London and canceled a scheduled press conference after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was caught on camera amusing fellow big shots as he marveled at Trump’s long-winded sessions…

by | Nov 27, 2019

Nervous self-congratulation will be the order of the day next week in London as representatives of the 29 member nations convene to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. There will be much relief expressed that President…

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