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'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

Deciphering the Conservative Party’s proposals for a new ‘British Bill of Rights’ is not an easy task, as the eight-page policy document is riddled with errors, distortions and imprecise language. What is more, their two main policy aims are highly problematic, argues
Colm O'Cinneide
9 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

The row between Britain and its allies that accompanied the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new Commission President was seen by some as an effective short-term tactic from David Cameron. But the ‘Juncker bounce’ was short-lived and left Cameron in a long-term strategic pickle.
Paola Buonadonna
6 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

It is now three months since Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the Commission, against the express wishes of the British and Hungarian governments.  What lessons can we draw from this episode about British attitudes to the European Union?
6 October 2014
Prof Michael Shackleton
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Special Feature: The French Presidential Elections 2012

Publication date: Mar 21, 2012 6:46:56 PM

Start: Apr 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM
End: May 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM

Philippe Marlière (UCL French) et.al., April 2012


France

Charles de Gaulle once said that the French presidential election was “an encounter between the nation and a man” (sic). He may have been right in suggesting that this election is about personality politics - but there is also much more to it.

See below for analyses of this historic European election, including first results, thoughts on candidates, debates, the media, and the “mood” of French voters, provided above all by Philippe Marlière, Professor of French and European Politics at UCL French.


Analysis of the first round of the 2012 French Presidential Elections

Nicolas Sarkozy fights for his political life. Read Philippe Marlière's most recent commentary (23 April 2012), part of his ongoing election diary for Open Democracy.
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France grows tired of Nicolas Sarkozy, its half-baked president

For Philippe Marlière, Sarkozy, like Blair and Cameron, is not a man of deep political conviction. The French, he argued in this Guardian contribution of 19 April 2012, miss a president with a sense of state.
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Jean-Luc Mélenchon's policies are no far-left fantasy

No wonder the Left Front candidate is on the rise in France, Philippe Marlière argued on 15 April 2012 in the Guardian. He offers practical solutions where neoliberalism has failed.
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Pre-Election Analysis: Politics, Populism and Le Pen (with Counterpoint UK)

On 16 April, the UCL European Institute and London-based research and advisory group Counterpoint co-hosted an expert panel to debate the populist elements of the 2012 French presidential elections, and the implications of the likely strong showing of the far right Front National. The panel consisted of academics – Professor John Gaffney (Aston Centre for Europe), Professor Philippe Marlière (UCL) and Professor Jocelyn Evans (Salford University) - as well as journalists – Tony Barber (Europe editor of the Financial Times), Daniel Trilling (New Statesman) - and policy researchers - Jamie Bartlett (Head of the Violence and Extremism programme at Demos).

For a post-event analysis and online interviews, see our review page >>.