The Republic may well be secular – yet when the results of the first round came in that evening, many electors must have offered up a prayer in gratitude.
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch was sent to the death camp as a child. Music saved her.
Nadya Tolokonnikova, of female punk protest collective Pussy Riot, on the danger of UK conservatism, living in Moscow, and how the middle-class anti-Putin movement is waning.
Labour is in a fraught position - but most of its sister parties are in an even worse state.
The disused Jean-Quarré school in Northern Paris, which became a key refugee camp housing over 1,300 people in the summer, has been closed.
The Labour leader's appointment of Seumas Milne is a disaster, argues Oliver Bullough.
Could the UK be like Norway or Switzerland? And would that even deliver what eurosceptics want?
In 1975, Harold Wilson faced a supportive media and a Europe on the up. David Cameron's challenge is far greater.
If the task of keeping Britain in the European Union is left to the establishment, the only outcome will be Brexit, warns Michael Chessum.
Shabana Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood, reflects on her recent visit to refugee camps in Greece.
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