From European museums to African homelands: Restitution as geopolitics

In this post for Black History Month 2024, History researcher Aurora Hamm discusses the sudden increase in restitutions of cultural objects from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa and argues that restitutions mostly depend on geopolitical rather than on moral considerations.

Brexit was a “Machiavellian Moment”

Michael Sanfey, a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, writes that Brexit was a “Machiavellian Moment” in which Britain, confronting its “temporal finitude”, decided by a small but clear majority that the EU was not delivering stability across a range of important policy areas. Geopolitically, a Machiavellian analysis would suggest that Britain’s position post-Brexit has actually improved, given that EU is geopolitically weak and its recent moves to embrace “the language of power” are belated and likely to fail.