In 2007, the future elected president campaigned on the value of working, with the famous slogan 'work more to earn more' and on the idea of a real breakdown. The summaries used to describe it clearly indicate: Sarkozy was seen as someone who was liberal, pragmatic and pro-American, common values but not very French. Five years later, people no longer feel that these values still apply to him.
The German 'new wave' theatre director and filmmaker, 37, broaches the history of a divided Germany by moving away from cliches and concentrating on the importance of interpersonal relationships in his third feature film. Released on 19 November, it is based on a true story and set in Hungary in 1988
In the UK at least three people had died by 2008 because of initiation ceremonies for undergraduates, whilst recent incidents in France and Belgium featuring physical abuse and comas have helped raise awareness about a dangerous student ritual
In 2006 the Italian economist and independent trader forecasted the collapse of the global economy with his prophetic book Duri e Puri (‘Hard Core’). The financial guru gives us his bleak forecast for Europe