Marine le Pen

Our Rorschach test

The Progressive  |  2 March 2017

Emmanuel Macron stands the best chance of beating Marine Le Pen but offers no hope for Labour’s modernisers Twenty years ago, the centre was radical, popular – even, at times, exciting. The Third Way was ascendant. Wim Kok, Gerhard Schroder, and Lionel Jospin were in power. When Bill Clinton sat down in 1997 to dine with Tony Blair at …

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The start of a centre-left revival?

William Bain  |  22 February 2017

The popularity of Emmanuel Macron and Martin Schulz has turned the narrative of the inevitable decline of the European centre-left on its head, writes William Bain Visiting Paris and Berlin last autumn to speak with politicians and commentators on the common challenges faced by the centre-left in Europe, despondency was everywhere. Disaster was predicted in …

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Letter From … Paris

Felicity Slater  |  7 February 2017

Leftwinger Benoît Hamon surprises pundits to win French Socialist candidacy, writes Felicity Slater In another surprise to the commentariat, but confirmation disloyalty is more valued than solutions on the left, Benoît Hamon has beaten outgoing prime minister Manuel Valls in the race to become the Socialist party’s candidate for the French presidency. Hamon sits on …

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Macron should be Labour’s blueprint

Simon Garland Jones  |  30 January 2017

Emmanuel Macron is breaking the mould of French politics – on an unashamedly centrist, pro-European platform, writes Simon Garland Jones The French presidential election this year is already shaping up as a fascinating contest, even before the official campaign has begun. The accepted wisdom leading up to the race was that, with the governing Socialist party …

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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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