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Defining a new political contract for the EU

The EU is faced with the challenges of fashioning practices and institutions that reconcile the conflicting demands on political representatives from their international partners and their domestic constituents. This has been particularly manifest in the eurozone recently, but it reflects a deeper challenge which also concerns non euro-area members such as the UK.
Prof Albert Weale (UCL SPP)
19 March 2015 More...

Starts: Mar 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Don’t let the Paris murderers win

Professor Laborde warns against the reactivist response to the Paris murders: they misunderstand the role played by free speech and by laïcité. Further, they allow criminals to set the term of the debate on how to better facilitate Muslim integration if France.
Professor Cécile Laborde
26 February 2015 More...

Starts: Feb 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Britain and EU reform

Piet Eeckhout revisits the question of EU reform, including different options for and legal as well as political constraints of such reform.
Professor Piet Eeckhout
20 January 2015 More...

Starts: Jan 20, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Special Feature: The French Presidential Elections 2012

Publication date: Mar 21, 2012 06:46 PM

Start: Apr 18, 2012 12:00 AM
End: May 08, 2012 12:00 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.
Read the commentary >>


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 >>.