Macron and Merkel Discuss Significant Changes to Schengen

Berlin and Paris want stricter controls on the flow of migrants. They will have to come up with a new regime for the Schengen area by November 1st in order to get them.

Macron and Merkel Discuss Significant Changes to Schengen

France, with the support of Germany, has a plan to rewrite the Euro-area Schengen area rules. Because the current exceptions granted by Brussels for ‘temporary controls in exceptional circumstances’ expire in November and can no longer be renewed, time is of the essence. Paris and Berlin – plus the other countries that are ready to support […]

Johnson & Johnson Could Be Closing in on HIV Vaccine

Scientists may be getting close to solving one of the greatest public health tragedies in history.

Johnson & Johnson Could Be Closing in on HIV Vaccine

United States diversified health care conglomerate Johnson & Johnson could be closing in on a potential vaccine for HIV, in what would be a monumental achievement in the health care industry nearly forty years after individuals first contracted what was then a mysterious illness. Preliminary data were presented yesterday in Paris at the IAS COnference […]

EU pushing ahead in support of open science

EU pushing ahead in support of open science

April saw lots of activity on the open science front in the European Union. On April 19, the European Commission officially announced its plans to create an “Open Science Cloud”. Accompanying this initiative, the Commission stated it will require that scientific data produced by projects under Horizon 2020(Europe’s €80 billion science funding program) be made openly available by default. […]

The Definitives: La Grande Illusion

The Definitives: La Grande Illusion

THE DEFINITIVES Critical essays and appreciations on the very best of cinema Director: Jean Renoir Cast: Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim, Dita Parlo, Julien Carette Rating: Unrated Runtime: 114 minutes Release Date: June 8, 1938 Essay by Brian Eggert (1/20/2009) and originally featured on www.deepfocusreview.com, where other reviews by Brian can be found. […]

Man Attacks Officer in Paris Before Being Shot

Man Attacks Officer in Paris Before Being Shot

In another apparent incident of terrorism on Tuesday, French police shot a man outside Notre Dame Cathedral after he tried to attack a police officer with a hammer. The man was later found to also have various kitchen knives on him. He is injured, but currently still alive. The man was heard shouting “This is […]

Why is the U.K. a Target?

Why is the U.K. a Target?

Terrorists seem to target nearly every Western democracy in random waves. The United States has long been a target, even before the world-changing attacks on September 11, 2001. France lost 86 people in Nice last year when a truck rammed through a crowd and 130 the previous fall in attacks in Paris. The most consequential attack […]

Macron Wins Election as Europe Breathes Sigh of Relief

Macron Wins Election as Europe Breathes Sigh of Relief

In a clear and overwhelming victory, centrist Emmanuel Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s Presidential election in France. Macron received 66% of the vote compared to 34% for Le Pen. Le Pen fared strongest in areas where blue collar workers had been hit hardest, as was the case for Donald Trump in […]

France Braces for Historic Election

France Braces for Historic Election

Forecasting the results of elections has been a dangerous endeavor lately. Polls, prediction markets, and pundits missed both the Brexit vote in the UK and Donald Trump’s Presidential election in the United States last year. Underestimating the frustration of voters and the power of populism is largely responsible for the surprises. The world is holding […]

French Presidential Candidate Fillon Remains Defiant

French Presidential Candidate Fillon Remains Defiant

As the April 23rd French Presidential election draws closer, center-right candidate Francois Fillon is rallying supporters in the midst of accusations from opponents of corruption. Fillon previously served as Prime Minister while Nicolas Sarkozy was the French President between 2007 and 2012. The corruption allegations against Fillon stem from accusations that he directed large payments […]