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A pattern of populism?

  • It was not just the snow on their shoes that the Davos “liberati” were wiping off this year, but also the sweat off of their foreheads. Once detached from mainstream political trends, attendees seemed anxious following the recent triumphs of populist movements. Their longstanding presumption ...
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Can Macron get France moving?

  • French President Emmanuel Macron’s start-up party En Marche! (“On The Move”) has one last hurdle — Parliament. Legislative elections taking place on June 11 and 18 are crucial for the president to be able to thrust legislation through the National Assembly. An exciting yet risky moment for th...
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Cyber attacks are a symptom of Western weakness

  • With an economy the size of Italy’s and some very serious economic problems, Moscow’s hard power has seen better days. But repeated attacks by state-sponsored online combatants are having a more profound impact on the stability of Western democracies than any Cold War-era politburo did....
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Embattled Macron absent without leave

  • Coming to power following a series of surprise victories that left him with an overwhelming parliamentary majority, Emmanuel Macron was touted as France’s great hope, and he soon enacted long-delayed economic and social reforms to little opposition. In these pages in August 2017, this author...
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Fatigued reformer Macron reined in by rivals

  • Having emerged from relative political obscurity in 2017, Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche! movement set out to lead a transformation of France’s institutions and to address the inefficiencies of its burdensome state. Almost immediately after taking office, the fresh-faced reformer who chose to side...
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France escapes a further downgrade but economic forecast is bleak

  • The Financial Times in March claimed that France was “becoming the new Britain,” riding the wave of international business relocations and free market reforms that were underway. As foreign direct investment into Paris climbed above those going into other European capitals, it seemed that Franc...
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France pension reforms: Emmanuel Macron forced to take on French protesters once again

  • The last time President Emmanuel Macron tried to cut back on the French state’s huge public spending bills, he faced weeks of disruptive and frequently violent protests. Having first advocated for economic justice, the protest movement spread to call for wider political reforms. Ambitious thoug...
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France should mobilize rather than marginalize its Muslims

  • The egalitarian principles of the French republic would suggest that the state is blind to the creeds and private beliefs of its citizens. For the most part, this is correct. Its very particular brand of state-endorsed secularism projects a certain veneer of a republic to which all its citizens...
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France’s faltering international influence

  • After dozens of people died when their dinghy sank in the English Channel last month, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote an open letter to French President Emmanuel Macron. Blowing away the collegiality of the memo, Macron responded with his now customary bluster, criticizing the UK and igno...
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France’s ‘President Jupiter’ fires orders from the sky

  • French presidents at the height of their powers are often labeled as “L’hyperprésident,” but Emmanuel Macron has gone a step further, being referred to by aides and commentators alike as “Jupiter.” Having overthrown France’s two main political parties, the once approachable campaign candidate now...
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