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A French-speaking Canadian volunteer in Haiti part of the volunteer group EDV that helped recovery efforts after the earthquake in early June 2010. Emma Taylor/Wikimedia

How Francophone scholarship deepened our understanding of democracy and social change

Scholars such as Alfred Sauvy, Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan and Frantz Fanon wrote in French, but their work greatly contributed to our understanding of democracy and social change in all contexts.
A Renault Zoe charging. It’s currently one of the top-selling plug-in electric vehicles in Europe, but what would happen if subsidies dried up? Werner Hillebrand-Hansen/Wikipedia

Electric vehicles as an example of a market failure

Electric vehicles are taking off, but will demand remain sustainable once governments phase out subsidies? And as the "hidden costs" of the EV revolution emerge, some might get left behind…
Air France planes await their passengers (2010). Mathieu Marquer/Wikimedia

Air France–KLM: when cooperation becomes confrontation

The surprise acquisition by the Netherlands of 14% of Air France–KLM, which triggered a dispute between the two nations, reveals a trend toward more of a national approach to industrial interests.
Shrimp cocktail: Tasty to some, potentially deadly for others. Legoktm/Wikimedia

Shellfish allergies: can they be treated?

Alongside with milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soybeans and fish, shellfish are one of the eight allergens that account for 90% of food-related allergic reactions. What if a vaccine could exist?
A group of immigrant workers in Doha, Qatar. Alex Sergeev/Wikimedia

Which countries have the most immigrants?

Immigration is seen as a global crisis, but the distribution of immigrants is anything but equal. Which countries have the most? Where they come from? Data provides some surprising answers.
Smartphones have put the tools for bullying and voyeurism in the pockets of schoolchildren. Baruska/Pixabay

France’s ‘everyday sexism’ starts at school

France's #MeToo backlash has revealed just how deeply rooted sexism is in the country. Disguised as flirtation or child's play, sexual harassment begins as early as elementary school.
The European Commission is dedicating 1.5 billion euros to accelerate the EU’s digitalisation, but one single US university, MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts (above), invests 1 billion. While EU universities can’t do it alone, they can still make an enormous difference. DrKenneth/Wikimedia

Europe’s digitalisation delay: help via (higher) education

Compared to China and the United States, Europe has lagged behind in AI, big data and digitalisation in general. Status quo and how (higher) education potentially could help to reduce this gap.
The Algerian population has taken to the streets in a peaceful and nonviolent manner to protest against President Bouteflika’s running for a fifth term of office. Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Protesters in Algeria use nonviolence to seek real political change

Demonstrations against Abdelaziz Bouteflika have opened up a rare space for debate and self-expression – and could signal a change to a more free and involved civil society in Algeria.
Many cities have plans in place to adapt to or mitigate the effects of climate change. But are they credible? An ongoing study looks into the question. David Blackwell/Flickr

Are our cities effectively planning for climate change?

In the fight against climate change, cities are now seen as having a major role to play. An ongoing study examines the effectiveness of the adaptation and mitigation plans of 126 coastal cities.
The 2010 “Love Parade” festival in Germany. Arne Müseler

Ten tips for surviving a crowd crush

When you find yourself trapped in an immense crowd, what are the right reflexes to adopt to survive?
St Peter’s Square, 2014. The Pope benefits from a wide popularity especially in Europe, but does it really influence people’ decisions on political issues? Alfredo Borba/Wikimedia

Is Pope Francis really an ‘influencer’ on nuclear matters?

Pope Francis has been a staunch voice for a world free of nuclear weapons. But should he be involved in defence politics at all? And how does the Pope's message resonate among the European public?
In today’s competitive environment, innovation is indispensable, but it is not enough. Maxpixel

How machines teach us to be more innovative

AlphaZero is a machine capable of defeating the most complex board games for the human mind, based only on its own learning experience, not on accumulated human knowledge.
Vietnam’s President Nguyen Phu Trong with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met in Hanoi on November 19, 2018. Luong Thai Linh/AFP

Debate: Vietnam, making friends with giants

A small country surrounded by giants such as China, Russia and the United States, Vietnam long ago learned to work with its neighbours and assert its independence.
file djexsa. Money Sharma/AFP

Explaining the increase in coal consumption worldwide

While countries recognise the urgent need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by favouring greener energies, the ever-increasing demand for electricity has led to rising coal consumption.

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