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LSE European Politics and Policy blog: François Hollande's legitimacy crisis is a threat to the French republic (John Gaffney, November 25 2013)
Political commentators are beginning to tire of saying that things can't get any worse for French Socialist president François Hollande and his government. And yet, catastrophe after catastrophe, things do just keep getting worse. We have now reached the point at which Hollande's very legitimacy as president is beginning to cave in. And that threatens the whole republic. Protests in Brittany against the proposed "ecotaxe" have united just about everyone against the government, and there is now a real prospect that the conflagration will spread throughout the country.

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The rather jolly optimistic personality he does have (and it is his real one) is utterly out of touch with the mood of the time right now, and simply infuriates people. It is as if he is in a kind of psychological denial, unable to see the realities of the crisis.

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... the Fifth Republic is personalised to the point of being dysfunctional. Each new president enters into a highly complex relationship with French public opinion. Unlike in many other countries, the president makes grand pronouncements on everything; from threatening to attack Syria to deciding whether a Roma girl can stay in the country. It is a relationship that can be calm and reassuring, but can also be highly volatile. It manifests the range of emotions that we find in real personal relationships, from admiration and respect to the exasperation and fury Hollande is now experiencing.



A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 2nd, 2013 at 06:37:32 AM EST
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It seems that the problem is that when it was the Socialist's and Hollande's 'turn' it turned out that Hollande had no vision other than a bureaucratic and administrative agenda. The times demanded more.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 2nd, 2013 at 10:29:54 AM EST
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Sounds like Obama

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 2nd, 2013 at 11:38:06 AM EST
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Except that Obama appeared to have great charisma. Either he didn't or he refused to use it for any purpose but maintenance of the status quo, a situation where the nature of the action renders the quality irrelevant. How charismatic can one be when taking a crap, especially all over ones previously most ardent supporters?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 2nd, 2013 at 10:32:49 PM EST
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Well, that, but also he is operating in a structurally right-wing environment.

The suicide pact is quasi-constitutional (admittedly, I would have liked him to make more of a fuss about that). Commissioners can with impunity go out of their mandate, provided it is in support of Austerian economics -of the cutting public spending persuasion, not balancing the budget by tax. The entire media system equates budgetary orthodoxy and tax reductions with basics of governing competence.

And all that is before the transatlantic agreement that will give free rein to corporate lawyers.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Mon Dec 2nd, 2013 at 12:01:08 PM EST
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There's a lot in what he says, but the foundations of the Republic being threatened, pfooey.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 2nd, 2013 at 03:41:42 PM EST
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