Florian Philippot’s ouster from the National Front makes political sense.
Philippot was for years Marine Le Pen’s right-hand man. Together they transformed the reactionary party, which has deep roots in the French Algerian exile community, into a broad Euroskeptic and nativist force that could appeal to rust-belt voters.
They de-demonized the National Front. Le Pen won 34 percent support in this year’s presidential election, doubling her father’s record from fifteen years earlier.
Germans are more centrist and optimistic than most Europeans. The French and the Spanish have yet to feel the economic recovery and are more inclined to vote for parties on the far left and the far right. The Italians are even more pessimistic, yet they remain wary of extremes.
Those are among the findings of a Europe-wide survey conducted by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung.
The government of Emmanuel Macron has introduced its first labor reforms in France. They include:
Capping the damages judges can award to workers who have been wrongfully terminated at one month’s pay for every year of employment.
Raising the compensation for workers who are laid off for legitimate economic reasons by 25 percent.
Enabling employers to bypass union-dominated workers’ councils and call company-wide referendums on sensitive topics like overtime.
Allowing multinationals to lay off workers at loss-making French subsidiaries even if the foreign-based parent company is profitable.
After a summer of consultations, two of France’s three largest trade unions — the Democratic Confederation of Labor and Workers’ Force — have given their consent to the reforms. The hardline General Confederation of Labor remains opposed and has called a nationwide strike for September 12.
No matter the resistance unions put up, the liberalizations are almost certain to be rubber-stamped by parliament, which is controlled by Macron’s party. Read more
Macron Wins Central European Support for Posted-Workers Reform
French president Emmanuel Macron has won support from the leaders of Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia for reform of the EU’s posted-workers regime.
“We are prepared work with all our partners on a technical level to agree an adjustment of the Posted Workers Directive so that we can overcome the split in the EU,” Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka said following a four-nation summit in Salzburg.
Robert Fico, his Slovak counterpart, suggested a deal could be reached by October. Read more
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