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  • France • State of the Left • Parti Socialiste
    Eddy Fougier - 06 July 2012
    It is a sign of the times that one of the most powerful mandates in French political history offers precious little room for manoeuver.
  • Immigration • Politics • Public Opinion
    Shamit Saggar - 20 June 2012
    Responses to populism and extremism do not only have to acknowledge the different factors that drive such political sentiment but also have to be nested in a wider assessment of public opinion.
  • EU Governance • France • Growth
    Renaud Thillaye - 17 May 2012
    The burden of hope will weigh heavily on the French president as he confronts the EU’s ordo-liberal bias.
  • France • Elections • Francois Hollande
    Laurent Bouvet - 09 May 2012
    The show down in Brussels will determine Hollande’s governing mandate – a superficial victory will leave him with the age-old “curse” of the French left.
  • Social Democracy • Latin American model • Europe
    Francisco Javier Diaz & Robert L. Funk - 09 May 2012
    European social democrats should look to Latin America for broad lessons from the struggles for redemocratisation and emergence from economic crisis.
  • France • Eurozone • Political Economy
    Olaf Cramme - 09 May 2012
    A victory for the left in France will help those who want more regulation on the City of London.
  • France • Francois Hollande • Elections
    Roger Liddle - 08 May 2012
    Hollande believes in fiscal discipline. His victory is no repeat of Mitterrand’s turn to the left in 1981.
  • France • Parti Socialiste • Europe
    Benjamin Senes - 05 May 2012
    Leading with strategic prudence and steadfastness, Francois Hollande has run the most centrist campaign in the history of the French left.
  • Francois Hollande • Europe • Institutional reform
    Olaf Cramme - 02 May 2012
    Hostility towards the EU has moved from the fringes to the centre. Even Francois Hollande’s most ambitious growth pact will not change this.
  • Marine Le Pen • Nicholas Sarkozy • Elections
    Gilles Ivaldi & Jocelyn Evans - 30 April 2012
    The spectre of a  ‘schwarz-blau’ coalition looms as Marine Le Pen takes aim at the mainstream right.

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