Posts Tagged “france”

On the election of President Hollande, I refer you to the answer I gave some months ago…

by Stephen Tall on May 8, 2012

France’s Fifth Republic has a new president, Francois Hollande. I shed few tears for the man he replaces, Nikolas Sarkozy — while his economic policies were preferable his grubbing for National Front votes (and not just in the last fortnight) (…)

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Je ne regrette rien? Yes, I thought Sarkozy should win in 2007

by Stephen Tall on April 21, 2012

There’s a danger in looking back on your blog-posts from years gone by — that you remind yourself of your fallibility, a shocking misjudgement. And so it’s with a modicum of distress I see that five years ago I backed (…)

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Avant le déluge: If you want to follow the French presidential elections…

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2012

The UK is approximately 3687 miles from the United States of America, and separated by an ocean. The UK is approximately 22 miles away from France, and separated by a channel. Yet there has already been more coverage expended on the race for the Republican nomination than there has been on the battle to become […]

Spain turns to the right – but are the voters rejecting ‘the left’ or incumbents?

by Stephen Tall on November 21, 2011

As the polls had predicted, Spain has a new government: Rajoy’s right-wing Partido Popular (PP) defeated Zapatero’s left-of-centre Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE). The only surprise was the large margin of victory, 16%, the worst defeat for Spain’s socialists in their electoral history. So yet another right-wing government takes power in a European nation. On […]