Their presidential elections used to be a battle for the center between the mainstream left and the mainstream right. Now there are five candidates with a reasonable chance of qualifying for the second voting round in May, including a big-government socialist, a small-government conservative, a nationalist of the left and a nationalist of the right.
Our sympathies lie with the fifth man in the middle: Emmanuel Macron. Comfortable with neither the statist inclinations of the Socialist Party nor the social conservatism of the Republicans, he launched his own progressive movement last year for the rejuvenation of France. It represents the best alternative to the anti-globalism of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marine Le Pen. Read more
Don’t Rely on American and British News About Europe
If you want to understand what’s going on in continental European politics, don’t rely solely on American and British sources. English-language commentators routinely misread the mood and have a tendency to project their own doubts about the European Union on the people living in it. Read more
Poland’s Opposition to Multispeed Europe Is Ill-Considered
It’s hard to unite health care commentators from the left and the right, but that’s what House Republicans have done with their plan to replace Obamacare.
The left is appalled that Republicans would make health care cheaper for Americans who are well-off and leave those who currently depend on Obamacare in the cold.
The right is disappointed that the plan only eliminates the individual mandate but keeps other parts of Obamacare in place, including the principle of federal subsidies and its insurance plan requirements. Read more
Absence of Obamacare Replacement Exposes Republican Deception
French presidential candidate François Fillon has gone down the same road as Brexiteers in the United Kingdom and Donald Trump in the United States by disparaging the institutions that stand in his way and appealing directly to “the people”.
Fillon, the center-right Republican candidate for the presidential elections in April and May, has dismissed charges that he paid his wife hundreds of thousands of euros over the years for a fictitious job as a “political assassination”.
He alleges that the rule of law “has been systematically violated” in France and that “the notion of innocent until proven guilty has completely disappeared.” Read more