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How egalitarian is France?

The Yellow Vest movement is calling for more social justice. According to statistics, the country’s generous welfare system remains a bulwark against inequalities and poverty. With their 14th Saturday of demonstrations in sight, the Yellow Vests keep…


French right wing rewards laziness

Ex-ministers don’t make good MEPs as they do not even try to mingle at EP.  Les Republicains do not seem to care.  “Please send experienced MEPs to the  European Parliament ” Angela Merkel asked Les Republicains when she met with their leader, Laurent Wauquiez….


The Commission is right about Alstom-Siemens

Allowing Alstom and Siemens train businesses to merge would have pushed the prices up. Criticizing “Brussels” and the Commission is a national sport in France – and one in which the extreme usually thrive. But…


Refugees welcome : the magic German recipe

Germany has managed to thwart populism by welcoming 1,2 millions refugees. As Europeans, it should be natural to look at our neighbors’ achievements. Take the asylum policy. The migration issue is a headache for every…



Europe, the last crusade of writers

A manifesto from European writers to save Europe could have get more attention, Angélique Mounier-Kuhn argues. “Europe? It’s an invention of writers”, used to say German author Heinrich Mann. Now they are coming out to…





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