A gunpowder barrel: labor reform á la Macron

True to his words, President Macron has started negotiations to provide a foundation for further labor reforms. The labor reform is nothing else but a big gunpowder barrel. Hollande’s own labor reform already upset the unions last year – and also led to serious demonstrations. So. What happened so far, what can we expect from Macron hereinafter?

Orbán and Macron: the common idea of a “central force field”

The idea of the Hungarian “central force field” is known to boredom. Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz positions itself in the middle – compared to its two-sided, drastically divided opposition. Thanks to this situation, even from a mathematical minority, Fidesz can win elections, and present itself as the only force capable of governing. Now, Emmanuel Macron is trying to do something similar Read More …

Meet Brigitte Macron, the new French First Lady

Brigitte Macron, France’s new First Lady is popular in the eyes of many. Others are attacking her because of her age. However, her husband, the new President of the Republic suggests that the whole country should get used to her presence. It seems that the President’s wife will not only carry out informal duties, but she will also receive some Read More …

52. The year of political death

For an analysts like me, it is kind of obligatory to consider the passing year. Whose year was it? What was the year about? I could easily say that 2016 was the year of the Fillon-surprise, but in fact, it was rather the year of political death. In 2016 – unexpectedly or not – France executed a major part of Read More …