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ProSyn: Saving France, Saving Europe

English: François Hollande at a political rall...

François Hollande at a political rally held by the Socialist Party for the 2007 parliamentary elections. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michel RocardProject Syndicate, August 17, 2012

The face of French politics changed dramatically in May and June. First, after 17 years of center-right presidents, François Hollande, a Socialist, was elected. Then, a month later, a center-left majority took control of the National Assembly, too, after ten years of right-wing domination.

Meanwhile, the Senate, the French parliament’s upper house, a conservative bastion between the two world wars and ever since, swung to a Socialist majority for the first time in history at the end of 2011. The Socialists also control 20 of France’s 22 regional governments, a majority of the presidencies of the Departments, and most cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants. In short, we are now witnessing a stunning concentration of power that is unprecedented in French republican history… (more) http://ow.ly/1m0VjG

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ProSyn: François Hollande’s Wrong Idea of France

 

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François HOLLANDE(Photo credit: idf-fotos)

Brigitte Granville, Project Syndicate, August 14, 2012
France’s new president, François Hollande, has achieved a remarkable series of political victories – at home and in Europe – since his election in May. Unfortunately, his streak of success will inevitably call forth an economic reckoning that will shock France’s apparently unsuspecting citizens and doom the French elite’s approach to the “construction of Europe.”… (more)http://ow.ly/1lXP0W

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ACUS: France Taps Paloméros for NATO Command Post in US

Chief of Staff of the French Air Force

Jean-Paul Palomeros, Chief of Staff of the French Air Force (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ACUS: From Pierre Tran, Defense NewsFrance has nominated Gen. Jean-Paul Paloméros, French air chief of staff, as the next head of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation at Norfolk Va., sources familiar with the situation said. http://ow.ly/1lIZ0f

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ECFR: EU – Turkey relations: A glimmer of hope?

The European Union and Turkey

The European Union and Turkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Dimitar Bechev, ECFR, July 24, 2012

Ties between the EU and Turkey have hit such lows over the past few years that even marginal improvements now almost carry a whiff of a breakthrough. As Cyprus takes up the EU Council presidency we are, rather paradoxically, on an upward trajectory. (more) http://ow.ly/1lBo44

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ACUS: Hollande selects Vedrine to review France’s relationship with US and NATO’s military command

Hubert Védrine

Hubert Védrine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Jorge Benitez, NATOSource, July 18, 2012

From ReutersFrench President Francois Hollande has asked former foreign minister Hubert Vedrine to review France’s membership of NATO’s integrated military command, his office said on Wednesday, echoing unease about its place in the alliance’s inner circle… (more) http://ow.ly/1lsGa9

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