In its inaugural issue, The NIB finds that The Main Idea is an outlook on the world and on the human subject which for centuries has distinguished the European continent from many things trans-Channel and, more recently, trans-Atlantic. These two bodies of water, and the intellectual bridges that span them, take on particular significance for reading contemporary debate. "This Just In: The Atlantic may not be shrinking"... In Observations, the choice of finalists for the Young Economist Prize reveal something about the debate going on within and around that discipline in France ... Two well-known philosophers square off in a debate at the Senate, each presenting her view on legalizing surrogate motherhood ... and French president Nicolas Sarkozy is proving himself to be both right-wing and non-conservative, a new species in French politics, while some observers detect the outline of a ["counter-revolution" being carried out behind the constant scene-making. >13] Looking for the (...) more>>

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