Macron merchandising takes the French for mugs

Always wanted to drink your tea in an Emmanuel Macron mug? Rejoice: on Friday, the Elysée presidential palace launched its online gift shop. The collection of official souvenirs includes Macron-themed mugs for €24.90 (£22) and T-shirts (€55). About 12% of the sales will be put toward the renovation of the [...]

Sweden’s shift to the right took decades

“I can understand the shock in Sweden after the electoral breakthrough of the Swedish Democrats.” I wrote that in the Swedish paper Expressen, not in response to today’s elections, but in 2010, when the far-right party first entered parliament, gaining 5.7% of the votes and 20 [...]

Joining the Palestinian struggle is not anti-Semitic

Jeremy Corbyn’s choice of words about Zionists may be open to criticism. But he, and anyone else, has no right to oppose Zionism. Zionism is the assertion of the primacy of the Jewish claim to Palestine over the expressed will of the 70% Arab majority before 1948, and at its continued expense since. Israel, as a [...]

If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer

Veganism has rocketed in the UK over the past couple of years – from an estimated half a million people in 2016 to more than 3.5 million – 5% of our population – today. Influential documentaries such as Cowspiracy and What the Health have thrown a spotlight on the intensive meat and dairy industry, exposing the [...]
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