Alexander Hurst

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A pro-Palestinian demonstration outside the EU Commission building in Brussels on 19 February 2024. Photograph: Anadolu/Getty Images

Europe is flanked by two grotesque wars involving mass slaughter (Gaza is, after all, just 578km away from Cyprus), waged by far-right fanatics harbouring either imperial or colonial intentions, and for whom war has become inextricably tied up with holding on to political power. One war implicates European security directly; the other is a shot at projecting its voice in the world. On both, the EU must start acting like a foreign policy superpower – not just independent of the US but also capable of nudging its hand.

It’s striking how much images of Gaza and Mariupol look similar. Bombed-out and destroyed, as broken as the bodies of the thousands of civilians killed beneath Russian bombs in one place, and Israeli bombs in the other.…  Seguir leyendo »

Traffic on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, December 2023. Photograph: Anadolu/Getty Images

The United States is in the midst of a full-blown size crisis. No, I’m not talking about the mad rush for Wegovy, which is selling so swiftly that Denmark has to remove data relating to manufacturers Novo Nordisk to measure (the rest of) its economy properly. And no, I’m not talking about … something else. I’m talking about the enormous monstrosities filling up its roads. (Yeah, I see you on the streets of downtown Cleveland alone in your $85,000, 7,000lb Dodge Ram and I can tell you’re not a farmer … maybe that actually says something about the “something else”.)

There are lots of trends, ideas, music and films that cross the Atlantic.…  Seguir leyendo »

Bernard Arnault (third from right) with his wife and children. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

If you scroll through the first 10 or so pages of Google results for the charitable giving of the world’s on- and off-again wealthiest man, Bernard Arnault, you’ll find … practically nothing.

The most high-profile things that do come up when searching for evidence of the generosity of the founder and CEO of the French luxury goods behemoth LVMH look more like acts of billionaire one-upmanship. LVMH paid for the architecturally stunning Fondation Louis Vuitton museum, which showcases Arnault’s collection of modern art. The rival billionaire owner of the luxury brands group Kering, François Pinault, has his private collection of contemporary art on display in the Bourse de Commerce in Paris’s 1st arrondissement.…  Seguir leyendo »

A protester on a skateboard rides over burning bins during a recent demonstration in France. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The French adventurer Sylvain Tesson may have put it best when he wrote: “France is a paradise inhabited by people who think they’re in hell”.

The images from France over the past two months have seemed hellish enough – mounds of rubbish, sometimes on fire, serving as backdrop for violent clashes between some of the more extreme protest groups and body armour-clad riot police. Enough for my parents to repeatedly ask over FaceTime if it was really OK for me to be out and about in my neighbourhood, which borders a main protest square. (It was, I assured them each time, just France being France: the overaggressive nature of the confrontations and the dismissive and “arrogant” government response simply the self-fulfilling result of everyone assuming this was just how things would unfold.)…  Seguir leyendo »