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New Sidebar, More Minimalistic Layout

Regular readers will know by now I can’t help but tinker with the website every one or two months.

My goal is always to make the site as minimalistic as possible without hurting usability: draw your eye to the content but have all the tools you need to navigate at your fingertips. I think this update does that. Read more

Our Best Stories of 2017

2017 was marked by the aftermath of the political upsets of 2016: Brexit got started, Donald Trump was sworn in as president and “globalists” were left wondering where it had all gone wrong.

The intellectual and political debate that ensued clarified things. My own conclusion: we are living through the latest battle in the war between Enlightenment universalism and Romantic nationalism. The politics and the policies have changed, but the underlying tension — between liberty and community, between opportunity and equality, between city and country — is the same it has been for centuries.

Most of our top stories from 2017, from Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party to the political realignment in France, have to do with this tension in one way or another.

Here is an overview. Read more

Our Catalan Election Day Live Blog and Reading List

View of the Palau Nacional in Barcelona, Spain, March 17, 2011
View of the Palau Nacional in Barcelona, Spain, March 17, 2011 (Mark Turner)

On Thursday, the Atlantic Sentinel will be providing live analysis and commentary of the election in Catalonia.

In addition to updating you on the results, our focus will be on analysis and opinion. We’ll be reading the local, European and international coverage of the election and share (and where necessary translate) interesting takes for you.

I hope you’ll join us! We’ll kick off around noon Central European Time. Read more

New Author Bylines and Country Menu

You’ll notice there have been a few design changes. Most are small: the formatting of the meta data and widget titles is a little different; the author bio has been replaced with a simpler — and what I think is a more elegant — byline.

The biggest change is in the sidebar, where you can now find links to the latest articles about France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. I hope that will let you more easily find the stories you are looking for.

As always, I welcome your feedback! If you have any criticisms or suggestions, please leave them in the comments.

Our German Election Day Live Blog and Reading List

View of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, September 12, 2009
View of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, September 12, 2009 (Javan Makhmali)

On Sunday, the Atlantic Sentinel will be providing live analysis and commentary of the election in Germany.

Our focus will be on opinion. We won’t be competing with big-name outlets to bring you the latest news, although we will of course report the most important results.

We’ll be reading German, European and international coverage of the election and share (and where necessary translate) interesting takes. And we’ll have our own team of contributors to give you their perspective.

I hope you’ll join us! We’ll kick off around 3 in the afternoon Central European Time. Read more

New Taxonomy, New Navigation and Editor’s View

There have been a few changes at the Atlantic Sentinel lately.

If you look between the title and content of an article, you will notice the author name is now preceded by the type of post: usually analysis, news or opinion; in this case, info. In WordPress-speak, these are our categories.

At the bottom of the article, you’ll find the tags. These are usually countries or individuals, for example, France and Emmanuel Macron.

Between those two levels, there are certain transnational issues we keep coming back to. Europe’s blue-red culture war is one. The future of social democracy is another. I’ve chosen to put these in the navigation bar at the top of the website. These are the topics I want the Atlantic Sentinel to be about and putting them front and center signals that to the reader and is also a reminder to myself of which stories to cover and which to leave to others. Read more