We already know that the pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine will radically transform the course of the world. It is not only social relations, the role of politics and the international order that are changing, but also behaviors, individual beliefs, domestic coexistence, the way in which everyone envisages their future.
We are struck by the attitudes of the various governments in the face of the two disasters. When the coronavirus swept through, those who govern us first closed the borders, cordoned off the cities and confined the population under various threats, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, then finally they decided that we had to coexist, regardless of the number of deaths.
On the other hand, the reaction to Putin’s aggression was the exaltation of heroism, the call for solidarity, aid to refugees and the sending of arms by the world’s leading military power. [les États-Unis] in order to defeat, we are told, the greatest nuclear power on the planet [la Russie]. We are sliding towards an internationalization of the conflict, with consequences that are still unpredictable.
After the criminal adventure of Russia, the decision of a massive rearmament of Germany, as well as the possible abandonment of the neutrality of Sweden and Finland, arouses all kinds of apprehensions as for the future of peace and security in Europe.
Plague and War as Engines of History
Two of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Death (or Pestilence) and War, ride across the Old Continent. At this rate, Hunger too will soon gallop, if the threat of a food crisis proves true. All this arouses in the people the hope of seeing a white steed and its rider appear, symbols of the victory of good over evil. This is the role that some attribute to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Globalization and multilateralism are once again converging in a battle between the bad guys and the good guys. The latter being obviously ours, from some side
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Founded in 1976, six months after Franco’s death, “Le Pays” is the most read newspaper in Spain. A centre-left daily, it belongs to the Spanish editorial group Prisa.
At the end of 2013, elpais.com launched two new editions for its Latin American readers, with their own editors. The first one, El País Brasil, was developed in Portuguese for its Brazilian readership and has a full-fledged site. The second, El País America, offers differentiated content for its readers in the Americas. Since 2020, El Pais Mexico also has its own website and its own editorial staff.