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Election posters in Frankfurt tout German Chancellor Angela Merkel and request votes for her CDU party. German elections will be held on Sunday but, as usual, the action begins after the race is over. The slogan reads “Successful for Germany” (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

German elections could bring a new wave of extremism

German elections are typically tame. Jockeying for power takes place later, in negotiations for a coalition government. Could the xenophobic Alternative for Germany form the opposition?
An orange flag with the traditional Indian swastika on top of ancient Hindu temples in the Himalayas. (Shutterstock)

How Nazis twisted the swastika into a symbol of hate

The swastika, an ancient and innocent symbol in many cultures for hundreds of years, now represents racial hatred. Should the swastika be banned in North America as it is in Germany?
Young doctoral candidate on the stage of the competition “My Thesis in 180 Seconds” at Polytechnique. Ecole polytechnique Université Paris-Saclay/Flickr

Doctoral diplomas: a European tradition waiting for a transformation

Despite an international context in transformation, the doctorate seems to have difficulty evolving in Europe. What are experiments have been tried and what are the avenues of innovation?
Benito Mussolini’s bust and crypt in San Cassiano cemetery are a sensitive topic in Predappio, Italy. Saiko/Wikimedia

Can Italy deal with its fascist past?

Politicians hope that a "museum of fascism" in Benito Mussolini's hometown can help the country face its demons. Historians aren't so sure.

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