NATO was critical to the shaping of the "new Europe" two decades earlier after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Similar and new challenges have emerged where once again NATO may be a defining factor in the future of Europe as well as the Euro-Atlantic family.
The coverage of the Ebola outbreak is a window into how ill-informed we are about disease, geography and culture. It reinforces stereotypes of Africa as a "country," in which medieval African villagers unwittingly spread medieval Third World diseases into First World spaces.
The National Front's victory on May 25 is a warning shot for the 2017 presidential elections, particularly for the Socialist Party of François Hollande, who has already said he will not run if he cannot improve the unemployment rate.
Although the European right wing parties have varied programs they all have at least two points in common. They are not really concerned with global warming, but rather focus their political efforts on xenophobic concerns.
It's true that Marine Le Pen spends a great deal of energy trying to de-demonize her party and convince people that it has changed. But it is nonetheless true that this "change" doesn't go so far as a clear repudiation of the antisemitic provocations her father was so fond of.