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The French greens are quite different. Some are as far to the left as one can be while still being a reformist ; most of their leader dare say the "décroissance" word. Cohn-Bendit is on the right side of the French Greens...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Thu Oct 1st, 2009 at 04:05:38 AM EST
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What is their vote? That is, is the bastard neoliberal-Green strategy a devil's bargain that a Green party makes in the Nineties and Noughties to get a larger share of the vote, or has a genuine commitment to an ecologically sustainable economy been combined with electoral success in the decades just past?

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Oct 1st, 2009 at 10:34:49 AM EST
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The French Greens were a full part of the "plural coalition" of the left (also including the Communist Party) that was in government in 97-02 and was a real government of the left, with centrists like Stauss-Kahn balanced out by more lefty types like Martine Aubry and the plural partners.

Today, they position themselves clearly to the left, even if part of their appeal is Cohn-Bendit's personality, and his liberal-libertarian leanings.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Oct 3rd, 2009 at 06:02:20 AM EST
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