From Russia to Italy via Transdniestria. Siberian Education, the literary debut of Nicolai Lilin, tells the life story of a young man who, in spite of changing country and culture, has never forgotten the historic traditions of his original community. Interview with the 29 year-old writer and tattoo artist
Legal reform is a very delicate subject which threatens to destabilise the equilibrium between legislative, executive and judicial institutions in the EU countries. In The Spirit of Laws (1748), French philosopher Montesquieu founded the theory of the modern democratic state on the separation of the three powers. 'Every man invested with power is apt to abuse it and to abuse it limitlessly.
The fuse lit in Guadeloupe in reaction to high living costs and an alienating 'cultural integration' has ignited Martinique. Could French Guiana in South America and La Réunion in the Indian Ocean follow, before the flames reach mainland France? Opinion from a young Martinican
A law passed on 5 February is part of the Maroni decree 'allowing' doctors to report illegal immigrants receiving medical treatment. Interview with Giorgio Contessi from the Doctors without Borders NGO
These are the conditions that a member state must fulfil in order to adopt the euro and become part of the economic and monetary union. Once they have joined, member states must maintain stability and continue to respect the convergence criteria - or else face sanctions
The old European universities are as usual lagging behind while Anglo-Saxon universities are steaming ahead. The Shanghai league table is beginning to get on the nerves of the French Grandes Ecoles, which are trying to create an alternative league table