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European elections results: What you need to know

When I started watching Jean-Claude Juncker‘s post-election speech, I didn’t have in mind that I will be repeating the 37 second video clip 4 times to make sure the future President of the European Commission, the executive branch of the … Continue reading

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Digital Politics Censorship: Lebanon and Viber, Reddit and Snowden, France and Twitter

Tech companies are changing the way people communicate. And guess what, governments are losing the control battle. Digital politics censorship is not a game you wanna be engaged in unprepared. A few months ago, when I wrote why Edward Snowden … Continue reading

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France and Germany diverging: EU economic problems continue

Whenever I want to hastily evaluate how Europe is doing economically, I take a macro look at the French and German economies. The famous « couple Franco-Allemand ». Germany and France, are Europe’s locomotive, political scientists like to say. They pull the … Continue reading

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Critical year for the E.U: Bond problems ahead?

If you’re following loosely European economics and politics, you might be mistaken into thinking the crisis is over, Spain and Ireland are nearly out of the recession, Greece is showing better than expected figures, at least according to its prime … Continue reading

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Howard Davies describes the challenges that await Daniele Nouy as the European Central Bank’s first Head of Banking Supervision. – Project Syndicate

Great read on the Banking Union deal hailed as a great achievement by Pierre Moscovici, the French Finance Minister. Interesting comments on Daniele Nouy, who by joining the ECB Supervisory Team will be one of France’s most influential women on … Continue reading

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European Banking Union: Not good enough

Not looking good from the federalist side of the equation. And yes, the Germans, again, are to blame. But can we really blame them? Brussels has been witnessing since the 2009 crisis frictions between member states to move forward with … Continue reading

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Popular acceptance of taxation policies; France and François Hollande’s case

Things are not going so good for Francois Hollande, Paul Krugman’s recently declared hero. After S&P’s downgrade of France’s credit rating, his authority is contested in nearly every social body, from peasants to entrepreneurs. Even within the French socialist party, … Continue reading

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Krugman’s Fallacious Defense of the French economy: Intellectual Bankruptcy of a great economist

The famous liberal political economist Paul Krugman published a series of blog posts accusing S&P French downgrade to be a political step.  Last week, S&P downgraded the French solvency rating from AA+ to AA, a relatively solid notation, but not … Continue reading

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Can France « Smile » it’s way out of the Great Depression?

On the 14th of July, I met a group of four American tourists, lost on the Champs Elysees, the world’s most enchanting avenue, some say. They were scared, 5 a.m in the morning, and relieved to find my office open on … Continue reading

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NFFY: No Future for French Youth

Stumbled upon a great piece of reporting from Maria Finoshina that overlooks the main issue in France today: Youth Unemployment.     A small refresher: Socialist president Hollande declared on his independence day speech that the « crisis was behind us » … Continue reading

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