A Domestic Scene from the Dutch Golden Age

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There’s something very captivating about the Dutch masters’ ability to bring everyday events like this onto the canvas.

Image: “Woman Hands Over Money to Her Servant” (1670) by the Dutch painter Pieter de Hooch (1629–1684).

Andrew Sullivan Quits Blogging

“I want to let you know I’ve decided to stop blogging in the near future,” the long-time blogger writes in a note to his readers.

It’s sad news. Sullivan has been a foremost blogger since 2000 and as such he has covered all major political events since. His blogging will be missed.

Europe without Its Jews Has No Future

“If there’s no future for Jews in Europe, there’s no future for Europe,” Frans Timmermans, first vice president of the European Commission, said in a speech recently, Sam Sokol of Jerusalem Post reports.

The France’s president said something similar when he promised to defend French Jews from anti-Semitism:

President Francois Hollande appeared to rebuff Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s invitation for French Jews to emigrate, by promising on Tuesday to protect them from anti-Semitism and telling them: “Your place is here”.

“You, French people of the Jewish faith, your place is here, in your home. France is your country,” Hollande said in a speech to mark 70 years of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

It pleases me to read these statements.

Far-Left Alexis Tsipras Sworn in as Greece’s New Prime Minister

It’s been a dramatic weekend in European politics. After yesterday’s snap election in Greece, the far-left leader Alexis Tsipras has now been sworn in as the country’s new prime minister, with the new cabinet expected to be sworn in tomorrow, Το Βήμα reports. What this means is too early to tell, but the international currency market does seem to take the news from Greece at ease.