Articles on National Politics

The Macron Method (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 30 May 2017

To bring true change, Macron will have to reconcile technocracy and populism.

The Macron leak that wasn't (Commentary)

Stefan Soesanto - 09 May 2017

So stark is the absence of interesting information that one could conclude that the Macronleak was a false flag operation designed to point the finger at Russia.

Macron’s Foreign Policy: Claiming the tradition (Commentary)

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil & Jeremy Shapiro - 05 May 2017

Macron’s inexperience means he needs to reassure the electorate that he can manage the national security state.

Brexit, Trump, France: third time unlucky? (Commentary)

Tara Varma - 02 May 2017

A tumultuous election season has stirred up France's political landscape. While Macron seems likely to win, he needs to do so convincingly to create new stability.

Macron and the French Paradox (Commentary)

François Godement - 25 April 2017

While commentators focused largely on negative aspects, France has seen an unprecedentedly pro-European electoral campaign.

Better late than never: How the EU should respond to Orbán’s illiberalism (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 21 April 2017

The European Union must now belatedly press ahead with both legal and political procedures to halt Hungary’s illiberal course.

Planning for President Le Pen (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 21 April 2017

Europe must address seriously the possibility of Marine Le Pen winning, however unlikely it may seem.

Brexit looms large over UK election (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 19 April 2017

The Prime Minister’s opportunistic decision to capitalise on her strong domestic standing is complicated by the international context.

French election candidates on the European test (Commentary)

François Godement & Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 10 April 2017

All major candidates see the international situation through the lens of Europe.

European and foreign policy implications of Bulgaria's election (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 28 March 2017

Borissov will probably have to make some symbolic shifts on foreign policy, but he is likely to do his best to be constructive within the EU.