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Oliver Haynes is a freelance writer and a researcher in politics and French studies at Exeter University.
The Gilets Jaunes have arisen out of the profound inequality
that is fracturing societies across Europe. It is against that inequality that
leaders must take a strongman stance.
We need to change
minds with a positive message like DIEM25’s proposal of a European Green New
Facebook design allows popular ideas to be shared and
expanded on – the dream of everyone having
an equal political voice is very much alive in these digital citizens’ assemblies.
They want Macron to know that they are the people and they
will be ignored no longer. So perhaps there is democracy in the streets after