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Macron’s Labor Gambit

Posted by hkarner - 8. September 2017

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Anti-Brüssel-Stimmung Wie Polen aus der EU stolpern könnte 

Posted by hkarner - 4. September 2017

Polen profitiert von der EU wie kaum ein anderes Land. Trotzdem hetzt die Regierung gegen Brüssel. Sie macht damit einen Ausstieg wahrscheinlicher.

Samstag, 02.09.2017   15:56 Uhr 

Kanzlerin Merkel kommt zu Besuch und im Büro von Jaroslaw Kaczynski bricht Hektik aus. Der Chef der rechtsnationalen Regierungspartei PiS und sein Adjutant durchwühlen Regale und Schränke. Wo ist bloß die EU-Fahne geblieben? Schließlich finden sie den „Lappen“, wie sie sagen, in einem Gummistiefel, zerknittert und fleckig.

 Diese Szene hat nie stattgefunden, sie stammt aus der polnischen YouTube-Satireserie „Das Ohr des Präsidenten“. Aber, und das ist der Punkt: Sie wirkt in diesen Tagen nicht mal allzu sehr ausgedacht. Die EU steht nicht hoch im Kurs bei der Regierung in Warschau, seit ihrer Wahl vor zwei Jahren hat sie Polen in Europa isoliert. Die EU-Kommission lässt prüfen, ob die Regierung gegen die Werte der EU verstoßen hat, indem sie das Verfassungsgericht entmachtete und das Justizsystem umbaute. In der angeforderten Stellungnahme, die die polnische Regierung diese Woche der EU zustellte, zeigt sie keine Bereitschaft zum Einlenken. Möglicherweise verliert Polen am Ende sogar sein Stimmrecht im EU-Rat. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Two Pillars of French Economic Reform

Posted by hkarner - 2. September 2017

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This Year’s Cruelest Month?

Posted by hkarner - 31. August 2017

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Emmanuel Macron finds change is often unpopular

Posted by hkarner - 25. August 2017

Date: 24-08-2017
Source: The Economist
France’s young president slides in the polls, in part because he is doing the right things

TWO months ago, France’s young leader could do no wrong. Emmanuel Macron defied all the rules to win the presidency at the age of 39. He secured a parliamentary majority for a party that did not exist 15 months before, and wowed the French with his muscular treatment of unsavoury foreign leaders. But summer has soured the mood. When ministers return to work next week after an uncommonly short break, they will find a president who has slid faster in the polls than any other under the Fifth Republic, bar Jacques Chirac.

After his first 100 days in office Mr Macron’s approval rating dropped to 36%, according to Ifop, a pollster (see chart). At a comparable point, François Hollande, his hapless Socialist predecessor, was ten points higher. Given that unemployment has begun to fall, the euro-zone economy is picking up, and Mr Macron has yet to pass controversial legislation, this rapid fall from grace is perplexing. The best explanation rests on the nature of his victory, and three different sorts of discontent.

Under France’s two-round system, Mr Macron was elected in a run-off with a resounding 66%. But some of this was less a vote for him than against his opponent, the far-right populist Marine Le Pen. His solid base is his first-round score of 24%—lower than that of his two immediate predecessors, though higher than Mr Chirac’s in 1995 and 2002. These core voters are still firmly macronistes: 76% approve. His ratings have tumbled among those who never picked him as their first choice, particularly on the far left and far right. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Emmanuel Macron Loses Support, Endangering Bid to Ease Labor Rules

Posted by hkarner - 23. August 2017

Does anybody expect your popularity goes up when you change an opulent system radically. Therefore such articles are unjustly panicking! Rubbish! (hfk)

Date: 22-08-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

As unions prepare to fight looser employment code, president could face broad ‘alliance of the aggrieved’

French President Emmanuel Macron

PARIS—As Emmanuel Macron sets out to shake up France’s rigid labor market, the young president is losing the public support he may need to weather protests by the country’s powerful unions.

Less than four months after handing him the presidency in a landslide election win, voters are souring on a leader many hailed as a reformer who would help address Europe’s economic dilemmas and break down traditional ideological divides.

Unpopular budget cuts, accusations of an authoritarian approach and weeks of critical news coverage have sent Mr. Macron’s approval ratings in a downward spiral. The latest poll, published in mid-August by public opinion firm Harris Interactive, found that 37% of voters approve of him, down from 51% in July and 59% in June.

Given that drop, Mr. Macron will have to tread carefully in rolling out his labor reforms in September. For months, the 39-year-old president has been in talks with powerful labor unions in a bid to contain planned street protests. Now the prospect is growing that the ranks of those demonstrations could swell with students, retirees and other segments of French society unhappy with Mr. Macron’s early steps. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why France and Italy can’t help clashing

Posted by hkarner - 12. August 2017

Date: 10-08-2017
Source: The Economist: Charlemagne

From Asterix and Caesar to Macron and Gentiloni, the two nations needle each other

CAST your mind back to July 9th, 2006. Italy had just won the World Cup. Charlemagne was in Rome and joined the rumbustious football fans marching through the centre. A great victory, he said to the young woman next to him. “Yes,” she shot back. “And all the better for having been won against the French.”

France and Italy are no exception to the rule that a country’s relations are often trickiest with its immediate neighbour. The final had seen an Italian flattened in a style that would have made Asterix and Obelix proud. In extra time, with the French unable to penetrate Italy’s tight defence, their star player, Zinedine Zidane, turned on the man marking him, Marco Materazzi, and head-butted him. Mr Zidane had been provoked: Mr Materazzi later admitted that he “spoke about his [opponent’s] sister”. But it was still a brutal piece of retaliation, and Mr Zidane was sent off. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Who Will Be Europe’s Alexander Hamilton?

Posted by hkarner - 8. August 2017

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Rethinking the Population Taboo

Posted by hkarner - 6. August 2017

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Emmanuel Macron must keep his nerve

Posted by hkarner - 5. August 2017

Date: 03-08-2017
Source: The Economist

By promising to nationalise France’s biggest shipyard, France’s president is entering dangerous waters

THINK of it as a Macron micro test: the first industrial intervention by the man French voters put into the Elysée Palace, although he had never held elected office. It involves France’s biggest shipyard, at Saint-Nazaire, on the Atlantic. At the end of last month, rather than see the yard sold into Italian hands, the government of Emmanuel Macron pledged to nationalise it instead. A fervent supporter of the European Union and globalisation, Mr Macron is being accused of nationalism, protectionism and of trying to shore up his declining popularity. It is not that bad—yet. But Mr Macron should be wary of being sucked into an industrial policy that sets back his central aim of making France and the EU more competitive.

Shipbuilding in Saint-Nazaire has a troubled past. François Hollande, Mr Macron’s predecessor, oversaw a sale of a two-thirds share of the yard from a South Korean firm to an Italian pairing of Fincantieri, a shipbuilder, and an Italian investor. Together, they would have had a 54.6% stake; the rest would have been owned by the French government and a French investor. Mr Macron could have let the sale go ahead as planned. Instead, after a review, he has ripped the agreement up. He demanded a 50/50 split and, when the Italians refused, said he would exercise the state’s right to buy the lot. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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