Europe

If Foucault appeared to show enthusiasm for the Iranian passion plays and rituals during the revolution, it is perhaps because in them he saw practices of truth and ethical subjectivation that represented a more radical rejection than the ousting of the Shah; the rejection by a people not only of foreigners but of everything that had constituted, for years, for centuries, its political destiny. (More…)

The sight of Yanis Varoufakis standing shoulder to shoulder with Chuka Umunna was difficult to stomach. The common cause: keeping Britain in the single market. (More…)

We live at a time of uprisings. Whether it is against autocratic regimes outside of Europe, or against the asset strippers of the IMF and World Bank within it, people around the globe are banding together in a collective drive towards revolt. At the same time, the hopes of millions in the Middle East for an end to tyranny are under threat. (More…)

While Russia sought to hold on to its sphere of influence by creating the Eurasian Economic Union, the more dynamic and highly developed European bloc had long been on an expansionary trajectory. Expanding, after all, is what capital does. (More…)

Seventy years ago (on 6 May 1898) there was a massive demonstration of workers, men and women, in the centre of Milan. The events which led up to it involve too long a history to treat with here. (More…)

“Life in Ukraine is too heavy,” a Ukrainian friend once wrote me via Whatsapp. “There are a lot of problems. The last revolution did not change anything. People were given false hope. People were deceived.” (More…)

In the end Belgium’s government survived. A three-week-long crisis provoked by accusations that the secretary of state for migration and asylum, Theo Francken, had deported migrants to face a dangerous situation in Sudan ended with little more than a reprimand. (More…)

For non-Zionist Jews living in Germany, the Star of David poses a catch-22. According to an overwhelming consensus across the German political spectrum, the Israeli flag, with its blue Davidstern on a white background, is simply the flag of the Jews. (More…)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been notably quiet on the protests in Iran. It has been left to Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry to define the party’s stance on Iran and so far the signs have been disappointing. (More…)

I often wonder if Toby Young really exists. I mean he could be real, or he could be a piece of advanced satire. It’s hard to say these days. It may be plausible that he does exist, but somehow it’s hard to believe. (More…)

Inflammatory statements by Italian politicians fall on fertile ground. Recent surveys indicate that Italians dislike and fear Roma, often on the basis of little or no experience with them. At the heart of Italy’s treatment of Roma is racism — the entrenched conviction, often unconsciously held and acted upon in ignorance, that Roma are strange, biological others who do not belong in Italy and whose presence in the country is unfortunate. (More…)

BERLIN – On religious holidays, Sadiqu al-Mousllie, a devout Muslim who has been living in Germany for most of his life, closes his dental clinic and takes his children out of school so they can attend mosque together. (More…)