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Speaking in Strasbourg on 9 May, Emmanuel Macron called on the “democratic European nations adhering to our core values” to “find a new area of political cooperation, security and cooperation”. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Debate: What ‘European political community’ do we need now?

Inspired by François Mitterrand’s idea of a European confederation, French president Emmanuel Macron has outlined the idea of a political body that would be separate from the EU.
A stray polar bear is seen outside Oktyabrsky mine on the outskirts of the Russian industrial city of Norilsk in 2019. Irina Yarinskaya/AFP

Other casualties of Putin’s war in Ukraine: Russia’s climate goals and science

The war in Ukraine threatens to turn back the clock on Russia’s climate progress, with some calling on the country to leave the Paris Agreement and roll back environmental regulations.
Hypersensitivity is often associated with vulnerability. But it can also be a strength. Veja/Shutterstock

Is hypersensitivity a strength or a weakness?

The term is often pejorative: to be hypersensitive is to cry over nothing, to feel things are “too much”, etc. But we now understand that this trait has real evolutionary and social benefits.
Demonstrators hold placards and wave flags during a rally in support of Ukraine in Tbilisi in March. Vano Shlamov/AFP

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine pits Georgians against government

It is commonplace these days to invoke the fears that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has awoken in Eastern Europe. With the 2008 invasion still fresh in the minds, the Black Sea nation of Georgia…
An unmarked grave with a headstone that resembles a computer screen, nicknamed ‘iGrave’, is seen in north-west London. Leon Neal/AFP

‘Deadbots’ can speak for you after your death. Is that ethical?

The recent case of a man making a simulation of his deceased fiancée raises important questions: while AI makes it possible to create “deadbots”, is it ethically desirable or reprehensible to do so?
The mortality rate among young adults is higher than it should be, statistically. Sammie Chaffin/Unsplash

Excessive mortality of young adults: a natural trait?

The risk of dying changes over the course of a lifetime. Very high at birth, it falls and then gradually rises again… except for a peak after adolescence. Why such a statistical anomaly?
Bike delivery people from the Deliveroo food delivery service gather for a demonstration at Place de la République in Paris in August 2017. Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Punishment of Deliveroo by French court is a blow to the platform’s business model

A trial in France revealed how the platform’s algorithm established a subordination relationship between riders and the firm. Could we be witnessing the beginning of the end of “uberisation”?
To the nationalist right, Vladimir Putin embodies similar qualities to Donald Trump’s: determination, virility and attachment to traditional values. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Ukraine war: while most Americans express outrage, Putin’s spell continues to hang over Republicans

Former US president Donald Trump continues to wield an important influence within the Republican Party. Notwithstanding the war in Ukraine, he and his supporters continue to look up to Vladimir Putin.
A person shops at a supermarket in Moscow in April. War-related sanctions have caused inflation to soar – 2% per week in the first three weeks of the war and 1% per week thereafter, equivalent to 68% per year. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

War in Ukraine: Russia’s reputedly ‘sanction proof’ economy shows signs of stress

While the country’s Central Bank may have managed to offset some of the tougher sanctions, the West’s economic broadside has caused long-term damage to “Fortress Russia”.
Announcement of the results of the first round of the presidential election showing the two candidates qualified for the second round, Emmanuel Macron (28.4%) and Marine Le Pen (23.2%) (estimates at 22:40). Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

First round of the French election: apparent stability, yet a profound reconfiguration

The dynamics of the “strategic vote” in France have amplified the restructuring of the political field around three major poles: centrist, identitarian and far left.
Far-right candidates Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen have both benefited from substantial support by media groups sympathetic to their ideas. Thomas Coex/AFP

Behind French election tweets, the far right is hidden in plain sight

While many progressive movements have organised online, conservatives dominate because of better organisation, capital, and social inequality. France’s presidential elections are a case in point.
Volunteers help Ukrainian refugees upon their arrival at Amsterdam Central station by train from Berlin. Ramon van Flymen/AFP

Volunteers are at the frontline of the refugee crisis: here’s how we can help them do a better job

Amid the war in Ukraine, there are concrete steps organisations can take to prevent emotional exhaustion within volunteers supporting refugees.
According to the authors, investment banking is a sector particularly prone to unethical behaviour. Timothy A.Clary/AFP

Could better regulation reconcile trading and ethics?

The regulatory apparatus designed to oversee investment banking is structurally flawed. To spawn ethical behaviour within traders will require nothing less than a sector-wide cultural change.
Scientists hunt for meteorites on the Nansen blue ice area in East Antartica, close to the Belgian Antarctic research station Princess Elisabeth. BELARE 2019-2020 meteorite recovery expedition on the Nansen Ice Field

Mapping out meteorites in Antarctica: scientists’ bid to uncover our solar system’s deep past

Scientists have crafted the world’s first “treasure map” to reveal Antarctica’s meteorites. These chunks of stone-like material could throw light on the mysteries of our early solar system.

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