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Sarkozy and Merkel: The Undeniable Relevance of the Franco-German Bilateral Relationship in Europe

Francesca Vassallo

In 2013 France and Germany will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, signed by the two countries to create a close collaboration in the interest of peace and prosperity. Over the course of five decades, different couples of French Presidents and German Chancellors have dealt with the Paris-Berlin relationship in slightly different ways, some with more success than others. Despite the many changes in the European context and to the balance in the alliance between France and Germany, the initial motivation and meaning of the treaty remains astonishingly valid today, especially in light of its positive contribution to European integration. Even with many possible factors weakening the two countries' core relations, the Franco-German duo retains its historically dominant influence in successful European governance, as the recent Merkozy situation showed.

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Anthropologists and the Challenges of Modernity

Global Concerns, Local Responses in EU Agriculture

Marion Demossier

The article examines developments and challenges faced by both anthropologists and rural communities since the 1960s. It argues that a shift in methodological and thematic terms has occurred, raising a number of issues for the establishment of a research agenda on the anthropology of Europe. The most important shift concerns the recon figuration of rural Europe, from the farm or village to more 'complex' social settings in which the presence of the state, bureaucracies, new social actors and markets are integrated into local phenomena. Attached to this rescaling is the issue of how anthropologists define their fieldwork and the objects of their study. Finally, heritage and conservation, which are at the heart of the process of a European core identity and of a European rural imaginary, provide a new critical framework to think about the connection between local concerns and global changes.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Dead

The Place of Destruction in the Organization of Social Life, Which Means Hierarchy

Frederick H. Damon

compete with the hegemonic power of the time—England. The South’s system serviced the European core powers. The interests that came together in the North, eventually leading to the Civil War, changed that dynamic. 9 What then became increasingly prominent

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Off the Grid and on the Road in Europe Living in an Age of Uncertainty and Polycrisis

Michael O'Regan

, anxious and controlling parental practices and growing distrust of financial, political and cultural institutions (Žižek 2020). In Europe, core functions of democratic societies, like the financial system, democratic institutions and the free press, are

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Two theories of money

On the historical anthropology of the state-finance nexus

Don Kalb

(see Pettifor 2017 ). But not even the parliamentary Left in Europe were ready to take on more state debt or think in Keynesian ways. Most of the social democratic and “green” electorates in the European core in the 2010s supported austerity out of