And something else
And something different... Zack Beauchamp published this article on the American website "The Daily Beast" back in April. I was drawn to it for two reasons, firstly, it opens with references to the legacy of German history and a bold picture of the 'memorial to the murdered jews of Europe' and secondly, its a full-on defence of liberalism, currently under pressure in Europe, and something I'm more than a little bit sceptical of. Needless to say, it's excellent, and I'm still looking for the right line of response after a number of reads.
And finally, I've been fortunate enough to publish an article entitled 'Half A Europe away', on New Eastern Europe. It examines the views of young Germans on Eastern Europe and contains the views of a number of E&M readers, writers and editors, which is why you should definitely read it, not because it has my name at the top!
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The best aeroplane seat
Still hesitant when you're waiting to get into an aeroplane from a low-cost airline, trying to decide quickly whether it's worth joining the line on the front escalator or better to run past the wing and catch a decent seat in the middle area? Well, knowledge is power, and the British travel website Skyscanner has recently published a survey that reveals which is the favorite seat for passengers: 6A. They asked 1000 travellers and the result, despite not being that surprising, gives us an idea of what most of us are fighting for as we hurry onto the plane – a front seat with a window. The less desirable seat? 31E. Or, a middle seat at the back of the plane.
Another thing to consider when flying, especially with low cost airlines, is leg room. On this website you can find information about how many inches you'll get to stick your knees into, and even if it's always less than we would like, you might be surprised to learn that Ryanair is not the worst one. While the most famous (and infamous) low-cost airline offers 76,2 cm of legroom for economy seats, Easyjet will make you fit into 73,6 cm. Well, at least they offer a good magazine to endure the pain!
Le Budget de l’Élysée
Infographics like this might've contributed to Hollande winning the presidential election last month... During his time as president, Sarkozy increased his salary 173%, he spent over 250 million euros on his "Sarko One", his presidential plane, and over 8 million on communication. And that's just a few of the things you can find on the complete list right here.