King Philippe’s challenges
International

King Philippe’s challenges

This Sunday 21st of July will be an important date in the History of Belgium. There will be the traditional day (celebrating the Léopold’s oath, first king of the Belgians) and two kings succeeding each other at the head of country officially. Albert II will abdicate at 11.45 AM. One hour and half later, his … Continue reading

Marianne, Shevchenko: same fight?
French politics

Marianne, Shevchenko: same fight?

Let’s talk about philately (in relation with politics, as usual) François Hollande unveiled during the Bastille Day, the new Marianne stamp which symbolises his term. The stamp was selected in the framework of a contest in which French students high school have chosen artists and awarded Olivier Ciappa. This sample, although simple and banal, is … Continue reading

Juncker: fall of a dinosaur?
International

Juncker: fall of a dinosaur?

Jean-Claude Juncker resigned as Prime minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, just after a scandal concerning the Service de renseignement de l’Etat luxembourgeois, (SREL, the Luxembourg intelligence services) accused of corruption. Early elections are planned for the next October. Some political analysts started to speculate about the Juncker’s political future, PM of Luxembourg since … Continue reading

This is not a political come-back![1]
French politics

This is not a political come-back![1]

This is not a political come-back but it really looks like. Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy attended to the extraordinary UMP board meeting, just after the rejection by the French constitutional Court of his presidential campaigns fees. Hundreds of activists came to welcome him at the national headquarters in Paris and celebrate this rock and … Continue reading

UMP in jeopardy?
French politics

UMP in jeopardy?

Help! Fire in the UMP house! On yesterday, the French Constitutional Court rejected the 2012 Nicolas Sarkozy presidential campaign fees, causing a net 11 million euro loss for the ex-presidential party. Just after this decision, Jean-François Copé, UMP president and Nicolas Sarkozy called for contribution to bailout the party and ensure its survival on the … Continue reading

Lessons of a sacking
French politics

Lessons of a sacking

Delphine Batho has been sacked by the French president, on this Tuesday, only few hours after criticizing the 7%-decrease of the budget planned for her ministry in 2014. Reactions quickly came to comment the sacking of the ex-minister of Ecology and Energy, now replaced by Philippe Martin. The Front de gauche (Radical Left) is scandalised … Continue reading

A marriage of convenience?
Let's talk about Europe

A marriage of convenience?

Goodbye EU-27, welcome EU-28! Since this Monday, midnight, Croatia is officially member of the European Union. To celebrate this event, Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission and Dalia Grybauskaite, president of the Republic of Lithuania and on the behalf of the Lithuanian presidency of the … Continue reading