It’s time for a European Grand Bargain

Entrenched economic positioning can only hurt the region’s economy and embolden the growing Eurosceptic movements The power paradigm in Europe is rapidly changing, and Germany isn’t happy. The days when the Nicolas Sarkozy – Angela Merkel axis both dictated and drove European policy are behind us and have given way to an unlikely new pair: […]

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Article of the Day: The Last Valls

The Last Valls This article from the Economist is honestly the best I’ve read at explaining the current problems facing France, and the challenges for the reform-minded Prime Minister Manuel Valls.  There are too many problems in France to simply list here but its clear that Valls has his work cut out for him. The biggest problem […]

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Article of the day: Emmanuel Macron, Face of France’s New Socialism

Emmanuel Macron, Face of France’s New Socialism The New York Times ran a piece today about the new French Minister of the Economy Emmanuel Macron.  Praising the Minister for his youth and vitality, this piece underlined the differences between Macron and traditional socialists.  Despite this apparent break, Macron still very much symbolizes what’s wrong with […]

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Article of the day: “Everything must change in Italy” an interview with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

“Everything must change in Italy” an interview with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi It’s no secret that I have a deep admiration for Italy’s effervescent Prime Minister.  Partly, I wish the French left had the same energy and reformist zeal that Renzi clearly exudes.  Although Manuel Valls is trying his best to emulate Renzi, he […]

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Renzi-mania and Hollande-phobia: Defining the Anti-Austerity Rhetoric in Brussels

French President François Hollande’s approval rating was reported at a dismal 13% today, breaking his own record for unpopularity. Amidst the freefall of the President’s approval ratings, there is little wonder that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has assumed the responsibility of leading the anti-austerity charge in Brussels. As the most powerful socialist in Europe, […]

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Matches, Mistrals, and Moscow: The Politics of Sanctions

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party was criticized this weekend for accepting a 160,000GBP donation from a Russia Oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  This adds to a week where European governments have had to weigh foreign policy decisions against domestic considerations. Following the tragic downing of MH17, Europe has resorted […]

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