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  • France • Sarkostalgia • Moral Politics
    Renaud Thillaye - 30 October 2012
    What was applauded as morally right during the campaign is now seen as economically hazardous.
  • Intergenerational Pact • Inequality • Social Democracy •
    Michael McTernan - 25 October 2012
    Demographic change could shatter the intergenerational voting coalition if not tackled.
  • SOTL • France • Hollande
    Jocelyn Evans & Gilles Ivaldi - 11 September 2012
    The French electorate demands more than ‘A Normal President’ in the face of anaemic economic growth and high unemployment.
  • France • Parti Socialiste • 100 Days
    Renaud Thillaye - 15 August 2012
    François Hollande’s election has not proved the financial disaster predicted. But harsh reality is challenging his hopeful vision.
  • 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.

The Policy Network Observatory promotes critical debate and reflection on progressive politics. It is centre-left orientated but determinedly challenges social democracy. It is pro-European but restlessly questions EU institutions and practices.

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