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A new United Kingdom?
The passing of Elizabeth II and the accession of Charles III have coincided with the appointment of a new Prime Minister, Liz Truss. It is the end of an era, and therefore a new one for Britain. The 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's reign marked a special page in British history. The...
Germany under pressure in Europe
The parliamentary elections in September 2021 also produced a mixed majority of Greens, Socialists and Liberals. The Germans’ unique civic spirit immediately gave the government coalition a surprising stability. It is true that German leaders face considerable challenges. They are economic,...
Can totalitarianism be dissolved using diplomacy?
The 25th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong marked the end of freedom in the territory. I was one of three personalities representing France at the ceremonies on 1 July 1997 marking the end of a 99-year lease to the British. As the British troops paraded to the pounding beat of the Auld...