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Erdogan buries secular Turkey

The recent reactivation of the old Hagia Sophia cathedral in Istanbul as a mosque is another step away from a secular Turkish state.

150 years ago: beginning of the Franco-Prussian War

Beginning exactly 150 years ago, the European balance of power began to shift significantly.

Anecdotes of and reflections on the 14th of July

The 14th of July is relatively relevant for my family’s history, and it’s also the French National Day.

Not a republic, just a zone

My father, although a pragmatist, never accepted the division of post-war Germany nor a clear distinction between citizens of both German states.

Mers el-kebir or how to sink an ally’s fleet

In World War II, the British didn’t hesitate long before sinking the French Navy to prevent it from falling into German hands.

Happy 104th birthday, Dame de Havilland!

Congratulations to the most famous movie star from the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema still alive!

Summer 1940: Germany occupies the British Channel Islands

The Islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Lihou and Sark went through five years of German rule during World War II.

The armistice between Italy and France in June 1940

After just three days of actual war, Italy and France signed an armistice in June 1940.

Jean Raspail, a pessimistic visionary

In his visionary 1973 novel The Camp of the Saints, Jean Raspail predicted the downfall of Europe due to uncontrolled mass immigration.

70 years ago, Mexican president suggested language cooperation

In 1950, Mexican president Miguel Alemán laid the foundation stone for language cooperation in the Spanish-speaking world.

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