Article of the Day: The French should be watching the antics of the UK’s Labour party

The French should be watching the antics of the UK’s Labour party Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn is quite an enigma. If he, as many anticipate, wins the internal election to become Labour leader, the perplexing MP from Islington North will be the newest in a series of far-left leaders rising to the top of his party […]

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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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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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The Crisis that Never Was

The first government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls lasted a total of 147 days, making it the shortest government not interrupted by a parliamentary election in the history of the Fifth Republic. Political crises in France are a dime a dozen these days.  Just yesterday, former Economy Minister and current IMF Director Christine Lagarde was […]

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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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From Finances to Politics: A Look at the State of France’s Broken Center-Right

France’s center-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) has accrued a debt of over 74.5 million euros, according to a recent audit of the party accounts. This latest revelation could prove to be the final blow for a party marred in scandals that has so far proven incapable of actively opposing the policies of French […]

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Crime and Ambition: The Return of Nicolas Sarkozy

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under investigation last week over an alleged corruption affair. The court has held three different charges against the former President potentially damaging his chances of a political comeback. Since leaving the Elysée palace in May 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy has been dogged by a seemingly incessant stream of political […]

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From Merkozy to Hollenzi: Changing the EU’s Balance of Power

Following a meeting in Paris this weekend of all EU Socialist (SPD) leaders, French President François Hollande has announced his desire to create a European investment fund that would total 240 billion euros a year over five years. Does this signal the dawn of a new leadership duo for Europe? So I guess I have […]

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Green Dreams and Nuclear Nightmares

Nuclear energy currently accounts for roughly 75% of France’s energy mix – a new plan recently unveiled by the French government wishes to reduce this number to 50% by 2025.  Given the trend of my last couple posts, I should rename this blog French Energy and keep analyzing French energy politics. I promise this is the last […]

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La Folie du Dirigisme – GE and Alstom

France’s Socialist government has sealed a deal with American giant General Electric (GE) over the purchase of French company Alstom’s energy division. Part of the agreement hinges on France taking a 20% stake in the company valued currently at 1.7 billion euros. The fate of the two-month drama involving GE’s acquisition of Alstom’s energy division is now […]

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