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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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Harnessing the people’s strength key to Afghanistan’s future

  • Lyse Doucett, the BBC’s chief international correspondent, last week joined the ranks of those lamenting recent events in Afghanistan with a poignant “Love Letter to Kabul.” The gesture echoed the mood among many that, with the return of the Taliban, the country’s diversity and rich heritage, w...
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The real cost of lockdown

  • The IMF has estimated the cost to the global economy of the pandemic to have been $28 trillion this year, while successive lockdowns are thought to have reduced economic activity in concerned economies by up to 33 percent. The effects of the pandemic on business and trade, though unprecedente...
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The bonfire of the French elite

  • The casualties are significant. A sitting president, a former president and three former prime ministers have all fallen by the wayside of the most fiercely contested French presidential election in decades. In light of the failure of establishment figures, two unconventional candidates have ga...
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Macron’s reform agenda in dire straits

  • As a politician who came to power on a ticket of hope and change, French President Emmanuel Macron’s reform agenda is in dire straits. Once the darling of the young and liberals, his party is increasingly recognized as now being right of center. In the midst of a scandal concerning one of his a...
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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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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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Macron’s rightward shift is not without its risks

  • Having chosen to focus on foreign policy since the beginning of his beleaguered second term, French President Emmanuel Macron has become increasingly beholden to right-wing sentiment due to his failure to win a parliamentary majority. The centrism and pan-Europeanism of his initial term has bee...
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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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The rise of Monsieur Macron

  • Gazing out from the window of a Parisian dining club, perched in a gilded Louis XV fauteuil chair, its colors now faded, the disconnected and antediluvian status of France’s political elite is all too clear. Sealed off in cocoons of ancien régime splendor, the French political establishment has...
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