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  • France • Reform • Economy
    Renaud Thillaye - 13 February 2013
    The same-sex marriage debate and the war in Mali have given Francois Hollande much needed collateral for his moves to reform the French economy.
  • France • Youth • Social Democracy
    Anne Muxel - 19 December 2012
    The weakening of support for the left among young people is part of a long-term generational shift in political identification.
  • 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.

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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