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Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, introducing the theme, ‘New Turkey and Old Troubles’.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Will the feline Macron succeed?

“Enthusiasm for his victory is drawing investment into European equities. And French private sector employment has just reached a post-crisis high, giving a boost to wages.”

Whatever happened to peace? Arms, oil and war by proxy

We're living in a new era of proxy warfare, where multiple powers fund local proxies with disastrous consequences. We need to break the cycle.

Restoring the Franco-German leadership of the EU

Britain for one is quite unprepared for the ultimate project of the new French president: the restoration of Franco-German leadership in Europe.

Britain would have been safer with Corbyn in charge

Jeremy Corbyn consistently voted against wars of choice that Britain could have refrained from taking part in, now regarded as strategic failures, promoting, not reducing, international terrorism.

Why Marine Le Pen will never be France's President

Speculation about a National Front victory in the recent presidental elections was ill-founded, as is the chorus of commentators warning of a Le Pen success in 2022.

Old country, young president

The French have used their democracy to give this young man in an old country a chance to experiment with a new type of politics. But have we tried everything?

“Our programme is called reality”: rain on the Rue Nationale

Beyond the French elections, how much ‘business as usual’ can French and German voters take?

What exactly does Macron, president-elect of France, stand for?

Does Macron leave the room for citizen participation? Will his pledges of social and economic reforms include giving citizens a greater say? 

Red lines: can we be sure that Assad was responsible?

Why has the mainstream media reported Assad’s guilt as a fact and failed to address the crucial question of why he deliberately shot himself in the foot – twice?

¿Por qué los progresistas franceses deberían votar por Macron?

No se trata de votar por el menor de dos males. Se trata de unir a los progresistas para votar contra el mal mismo. English

Why French progressives should vote for Macron

The second round of the French presidential election is not about voting for the lesser of two evils. It’s about bringing progressives together to vote against evil itself. Español

French tragedy or farce - 2: A ‘republican front’ against Marine Le Pen?

The truth is that the former economy minister has no solid constituency backing him, and no real popularity.

Not “one of us”: the French presidential elections

So, this new situation which looked simple with a choice between two different types of societies, has to face once again a bitter resistance from entrenched political interests from all sides.

Colonial history in the French elections: Algeria, Le Pen, and fascism at the heart of Europe

Marine Le Pen's declaration that colonialism was a positive thing is not only a denial of France's painful history, but an example of the fascism that we now face in Europe.

Amiens – a cacophony of voices

What is the political mood in Emmanuel Macron’s home town this week? How is his campaign faring alongside the Le Pen supporters, among the Whirlpool factory workers, the old and young?

Quo vadis Alsace? Politics in the land of paradox

Why are so many people in Alsace voting for the Front National?

The truth behind Front National's change of heart

Despite its suggestive rhetoric and its appeals to the lower classes, the party's disguise as a champion of "the people" is a sham, and must be uncovered.

French tragedy or farce: the 2017 presidential election – 1

Why Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s late surge? Are we about to see de Gaulle's fifth republic replaced by a sixth? And in 2017, what does a Citizens' Revolution look like?

DiEM25: an example of internal democracy in action

For an inspiring example of internal democracy in action, look no further than DiEM25’s briefing paper on the French elections.

Marine Le Pen, the Vel d'Hiv round-up, and the grey zone of Vichy France

Marine Le Pen has courted yet more controversy by saying that France is not responsible for the rounding up of Jews in Paris during WWII, but grey zones in the country's collective memory still abound.

França: umas eleições presidenciais históricas

No dia 23 de Abril, os franceses terão que decidir se querem dar a Macron a oportunidade de reformar a França, ou se querem deitar o destino da república pelo cano abaixo. English Español 

This French presidential election is historic

On 23 April, voters will have to decide whether to give Macron the chance to reform France or whether they prefer to entrust the fate of the republic to a wrecker. Español Português

Francia: unas elecciones presidenciales históricas

El 23 de abril, los votantes tendrán que decidir si darle a Macron la oportunidad de reformar Francia o si prefieren llevar el destino de la república al desguace. English Português

After walking 5,500km through hell

The stories from a week in France’s only humanitarian centre for registered refugees show us that their work is needed now more than ever. Français

Brexit and France: a divorce by mutual consent?

Every country, just like any individual, has to live with its own mess and pay the price for it.

Why Macron should give us hope of democratic renewal in France

François Fillon’s (LR) entanglements in corruption scandals and Benoît Hamon’s (PS) strategy to court the votes of the far left have helped Macron to emerge as the strongest candidate. Danish version.

'More royal than the king': an encounter with French Zionism

The fabrication of lies and false accusations to intimidate their opponents is only to be expected from those willing to legitimize killing and torture in support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Breaking France’s addiction to its state of emergency

Human Rights Watch’s own research has found repeated abuses against ordinary people during policing operations under emergency powers.

Post-'Jungle' racist policing in Calais

A witness account of a small sample of the ongoing police racism that is playing out all over Calais every day, since the eviction of the ‘Jungle’. Two hours. Seventeen people of colour detained. Nine arrested.

The Kiron family

We revisit the social start-up that gives refugees access to higher education, meeting a 24 yr.old Syrian beneficiary and a Kiron co-founder, both of whom’s future plans build on this ingenious scheme. Interview. 

Surviving sociology in Egypt and elsewhere

Strangely, although nationalism is a pervasive social phenomenon with immense effects everywhere in the world, it’s not a central preoccupation of sociology or any of the dominant social science disciplines. Interview.

COP21: the climate movement’s last summit?

In Paris, by trying to lift off ‘planet summit’, its gravity became truly noticeable for the first time.

“O futuro da Europa está nas nossas mãos: nós, a geração de 89, temos que defendê-lo”.

Os jovens europeus devem assumir a liderança da Europa, uma vez que recairá sobre eles a responsabilidade de defender uma sociedade aberta, tolerante e liberal. Entrevista. English Español

"El futuro de Europa está en nuestras manos: nosotros, los del 89, tenemos que defenderlo."

Los jóvenes europeos deben protagonizar el diseño del futuro de Europa, ya que en última instancia recaerá sobre ellos la defensa de una sociedad abierta, tolerante y liberal. Entrevista. English Português

"Europe's fate is in our hands: we, the 89ers, must defend it."

Young Europeans must assume a leading role in charting Europe's future, as it will ultimately fall on them to defend an open, tolerant and liberal society. Interview. Español Português

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