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: “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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A New EU Position Fight in the Works

Interesting article in the Financial Times today detailing the likely fight over the next EU High Representative for foreign affairs.  Apparently an Eastern European block comprised primarily of Baltic countries is looking to block the nomination of Italian Prime Minister Federica Mogherini on the grounds that Italy took too soft a stance on Russian sanctions.  This […]

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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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The Renzi Paradox

June 13, 2014 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party received a stunning 40.8% of the vote in the May’s European Parliamentary elections. Matteo Renzi has proven to be a fascinating politician in his first 3 months as Italian Prime Minister. Young, charismatic, honest, and unabashedly ambitious, the former Mayor of Florence swept to power […]

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