The Anglo-American press may still be obsessed with Le Pen, who will face off against Macron in the second round, but Macron's rise is the real story out of this turbulent election. He beat out Le Pen, who has led first round polls since they began in 2013. His party did not exist a year ago; like Trump, he was never elected into office before launching his movement, although he served in an unpopular administration. Macron was also bitterly criticized for his passionate defense of European ideals. And yet, the outsider has now swiftly secured the endorsement of the defeated Socialist candidate, Benoît Hamon, as well as that of François Fillon, leader of the rebranded Gaullists. The youngest French leadership since Bonaparte is now within reach, to the detriment of populists and tired establishment parties alike.Ultimately, political parties come and go; so do ideologies. What is at stake in Europe's busy 2017 electoral calendar is not merely the overhyped rise of populism, but also the electoral relevance of social democratic values in the post-industrial age. Pasokización is a plausible outcome, and it is indeed afflicting establishment parties that have failed to answer (valid) questions posed by populists. Yet the most likely electoral result in France, and potentially in Italy within a year, suggests that it is not yet time to throw social udemocracy to the dustbin of history. Deserting the center seems like a worse strategy than energizing its base with reformist, uncorrupted, future-oriented leadership. There is a market for such leaders, if only the appropriate politician dares to make such a case.
A new revolution is arriving.
Quote from: Belfrager on 2017-04-26, 22:51:14A new revolution is arriving.Led by Macron, the new French darling of Berlin.
Macron, I don't know what he is, Berlin darling or whatever, but I know he doesn't even have a party.
frenzy style people
The EU has not been in such a strong position as now for about 20 years
Quote from: rjhowie on 2017-05-08, 21:17:11frenzy style peopleHey Frenzie, you are creating school.. with good wine and cheese.
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