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Would any or all of you be up for doing a diary on the main points of Macron's policy programme?  MSM articles give only the barest outline and focus on personalities and polls rather than substance. It seems important that we try to work out his likely actual impact on EU politics and beyond.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon May 8th, 2017 at 05:25:05 PM EST
Today is a holiday in France, but I'm back at work tomorrow, so I can't promise anything; probably in a week or two.
by Bernard on Mon May 8th, 2017 at 05:39:11 PM EST
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Yes this would be interesting.
So far the only noteworthy snippets making it into my bubble are that he's gung-ho green economy and small-to-medium businesses.
So far, so MV5, ;)
Here's something someone here will likely know.
Is it true that he was the only finance minister in all Europe to not vote for gutting Greece?
If so that would be noteworthy, as indeed would be a comment on that decision from where he stands now.
If here were going to try and get votes for 'compassionate finance' (TM) he didn't use it to show how different or progressive he was while campaigning.


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue May 9th, 2017 at 07:44:15 AM EST
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Yanis Varoufakis endorsed him for coming to Greece's aid, but he was only the Economics, not the Finance Minister.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 9th, 2017 at 12:16:40 PM EST
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My disagreements with Macron are legion; but our points of agreement are also important. We agree that the eurozone is unsustainable, but disagree about what should be done before the EU can put political union on the table. We agree that the single-minded pursuit of competitiveness is turning Europe into a zero-sum, beggar-thy-neighbour game, but disagree about how to bring about the large-scale investment needed to improve productivity.

We agree that precarious, gig-economy labour is gangrene for social welfare, but we (strongly) disagree about how to extend protection to casual workers without casualising protected workers. We agree on the need to forge a proper European banking union, but disagree on the need to put the financial genie back in its bottle. Above all, I lack evidence to convince my comrades at DiEM25, the Democracy in Europe Movement, to trust Macron's capacity and willingness to clash with an establishment that is pursuing the failed policies that have fed support for Le Pen.

Trust. Sure. Convinced. Not.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue May 9th, 2017 at 05:08:47 PM EST
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There's no proof he actually spoke up to anyone other than Varoufakis...

But I have heard him say that the Greek debt needs to be restructured and reduced. But he was speaking to left-wing journalists. I'll believe him when he says the same thing to Le Figaro.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue May 9th, 2017 at 05:11:06 PM EST
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I'm struggling to see the parallels between Macron and 5 Stelle. He's not even populist -- Mélenchon and Le Pen have that angle covered -- he just managed to create a buzz, he's the startup, the consumer product of the year. Green, he is not (he will probably be less worse than his predecessors in starting to reverse French backwardness in green investment. No more than that). And an outsider, a rebel? Did you buy that? Admit you weren't paying attention... No, he has brilliantly succeeded in a leveraged buyout, from the inside.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue May 9th, 2017 at 06:12:31 PM EST
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That's why I said snippets. There are no other similarities, and I trust macron as much as I did Cameron when he was campaigning on Greening Britain.
I have been paying some attention... ;)
I saw him trying to out-emote TV evangelists in one speech, worthy of the anti-Oscars nomination for transparent inauthenticity while on the job.
So no, i have no naive hopes that he will be other than a GM hybrid of Hollande and Renzi.
I am willing to be surprised though, these are strange days, and any moves towards a green direction in a land dominated by aging nuke plants would not be amiss, methinks.
Bet on it? No way!
Small and medium enterprises, well somehow I have a few doubts about his sincerity on this one too.
Nice to be wrong!
Tasking of Mv5*, they are still polling higher than anyone else, and there are faint noises of -finally, (if it's not another Renzi's feint) sorting out an electoral law worthy of the name.
There has been a wave of democracy-envy here lately seeing France, and now England and soon Germany.
If it weren't for MV5* politics in Italy would be the same necrotic combo of moribund and baroque. They have really shaken things up, and continue to do so, notwithstanding the vile low-level continual onslaught of wildly unfair media bias against them, orchestrated by the bloated megalomaniac Renzi, who just won a primary and is thus full of his delusionally jerky, perky self again.
I hope he gets the third big slapdown he's begging for, after losing the regional elections, then the referendum.
Mr Charisma is getting cornered by increasing scandals involving possible mob connections with the immigration business and copious doses of jiggery-pokery with bankster buddies, bailouts, Alitalia on life support, and worry that his placeholder Gentiloni won't necessarily be in a hurry to vacate his position, especially as he is a lot less of an international embarrassment than his predecessor.
A bit of an empty suit, but a tangible relief after mountebanks (!) like Renzusconi.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu May 11th, 2017 at 09:47:44 AM EST
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