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Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Biarritz G7, August 2019. Francois Mori/AFP

Do you greet friends and family with a kiss? If so, how?

Why do some people greet each other with a kiss? Will the tradition last? This article is excerpted from the forthcoming "Atlas of Regional Expressions".
Supporters of the anti-Islam party Pegida attend a rally in Copenhagen on January 19, 2015. Juliane Lydolph/AFP

Asylum seekers and immigrant threat: Is there a link?

The perception of an immigrant threat in Europe is often thought to be driven by rising numbers of asylum seekers, but research indicates that political and media discourses are often the driving factor.
A reception centre near Namur, Wallonia, one of the largest in the Belgian reception network. May 24, 2018. LUCA MANUNZA/lucalasius/instagram

How do asylum seekers view Belgium’s emergency system?

Only rarely are refugees’ and migrants’ words taken into account about the reception system in Europe. And what they tell us is frightening.
Jacques Chirac (here in 2005) was a defining figure in French politics after May 1968. World Economic Forum/Flickr

Jacques Chirac, 1932-2019: a political bulldozer

A look back at the distinguished career of the former president, an ardent defender of France's place in the world.
The effectiveness of a drug may be evaluated based on its potential to shrink tumours – but this doesn’t necessarily equate to improved survival rates. From shutterstock.com

Do new cancer drugs work? Too often we don’t really know (and neither does your doctor)

National drug regulators use evidence from clinical trials to decide whether new cancer drugs will be approved for use. But these studies are often flawed.

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