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Integration is a two-way street

Mark Lewis  |  6 January 2017

Tackling barriers to integration must be a priority for this government, writes Mark Lewis In my article ‘Integration is essential post-Brexit’ I argued that in the past few months we have seen community cohesion deteriorate and I believed that the government must make community integration a priority. However, it has taken Chuka Umunna MP to …

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A blessing in disguise for the left?

Renaud Thillaye  |  28 November 2016

In a year not short of unexpected political developments, François Fillon has, against all odds, stormed the French centre-right primary. While has was stagnating between 5 and 10 per cent in the polls until September 2016, Fillon scored an impressive 44 per cent in the first round on 21 November, clearly defeating former president Nicolas Sarkozy …

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Le Pen is a threat to our way of life

Seb Dance MEP  |  21 November 2016

Growing up, most of us rely on the comforting belief that our parents always know best, that they will always act responsibly, and will be there to take care of any difficult situation. The moment you realise your parents are fallible and – just like you – are capable of making mistakes, is one of …

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Face tomorrow with determination

Tom Railton  |  17 November 2016

The modern world is not a very fun place to be a moderniser. But after a decade of frustration, despair and defeat, those of us on the British centre left should at least have been more emotionally prepared than most for the bonfire of optimism that 2016 has brought to politics. Our buffer zone of …

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Harsh truths for French Socialists

Renaud Thillaye  |  15 December 2015

It has been a good week for François Hollande. On the weekend, a ‘historic’ deal was reached at the Paris climate summit, which earned French diplomacy a lot of praise. On Sunday evening, the final outcome of the French regional elections were much better than expected, with five wins out of 13 new ‘big’ regions, …

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State of emergency

Sally Gimson  |  6 December 2015

The Paris attacks could be a gift to the French far-right Sally Gimson —Christophe and Catherine did not know where their son was on the evening of 13 November until they got a call from his cousin to turn on the television. As it dawned on them that the rock concert he had told them he was …

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After Paris, progressives must avoid simplistic narratives

Renaud Thillaye  |  19 November 2015

In January, the French thought they seen the worst after the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher killings. The success of the 11 January mass solidarity march gave hope that the country – and the world – would stand united and overcome the sorrow with dignity. A number of measures were announced – and quickly adopted …

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Paris has returned to the streets in resilience

Nick Jones  |  18 November 2015

Returning to the Gare de l’Est last night, right at the heart of Paris’ tenth arrondissement, the city seemed notably unchanged from when I left it a little over 72 hours earlier. The streets were not unusually busy for a Monday night, cafe windows were dotted with diners and drinkers, and the familiar Parisian melting-pot …

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Ukip’s shadow politics

Anthony Painter  |  5 June 2014

Nigel Farage will lose when mainstream parties level with the public, believes Anthony Painter We face a complex set of national challenges. We have an enormous national debt. We are heading towards a position where we spend more on interest than education. We have an ageing society. That means we need to pay for pensions, …

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A holding-pattern election?

Alan Donnelly  |  24 October 2013

Ten years ago social democrats were dominant in Europe, in government in 15 countries. By 2009, after the financial crisis came, it was five. This prompted many to ask whether the crisis had killed off European social democracy. Now in power in 10 European countries, the centre-left in Europe is not down and out. But …

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