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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 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


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 >>.