Iceland’s volte-face
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Iceland’s volte-face

This is an unnoticed but quite important piece of information. Indeed, Iceland – by its new government – has just announced it suspended negotiations regarding its adhesion to the EU and it should hold a referendum during the next legislature. The centre-right government’s decision, winner of the last 27th of April national elections, is not … Continue reading

Brussels, ma belle[1]
International

Brussels, ma belle[1]

Recently, Jean Quatremer non-deliberately provoked a controversy on the last week. The French daily “Liberation” newspaper correspondent in Belgium and the European Union wrote on his blog an article on Brussels, the city he has lived for twenty years and the (very relative) cleanliness of the Belgian capital city. In his article, he denounces the … Continue reading

Keep calm and carry on, monsieur le Président!
French politics

Keep calm and carry on, monsieur le Président!

On 1939, British authorities, to ensure population just after the beginning of WWII, created a propaganda poster, “Keep calm and carry on”. This very famous motto might be perfectly used for François Hollande, vis-à-vis the current international and political context since his election especially. The French President is aware of that, he is expected and … Continue reading

Claude Bartolone, next François Hollande’s PM?
French politics

Claude Bartolone, next François Hollande’s PM?

For the moment, this is a rumour the concerned person smoothly denied some days ago, reminding he felt comfortable at the Hôtel de Lassay, the French National Assembly Speaker residence. Nonetheless, Claude Bartolone, former Lionel Jospin’s member of cabinet and currently MP of Seine-Saint-Denis (suburbs of Paris) is thinking about it and preparing himself in … Continue reading