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Polls A La Française 2 (picture-heavy)

by NordicStorm Mon May 7th, 2007 at 04:58:16 AM EST

My previous diary on the subject of French presidential polls (Polls A La Française) focused on the polling of the first round of the French presidential election. In this diary, one day after the second round, I'll focus on the polling of the second round.
For some background on my polling averages, check out the aforementioned diary.

From the diaries ~ whataboutbob

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Polls A La Française

by NordicStorm Tue Apr 24th, 2007 at 04:06:01 AM EST

Those of you who read the open threads regularly might know I've been conducting a minor experiment over the past few weeks. Inspired by the poll trackers at Pollster.com, I took every poll on the French presidential election I could get my hands on and put them in an Excel file. I then plotted the average of the five latest published polls for each of the four top candidates (Ségolène Royal (PS), Nicolas Sarkozy (UMP), François Bayrou (UDF) and Jean-Marie Le Pen (FN)), the resulting graph being a trend estimate of sorts. As I'm posting this, it's the day after the first round of the French presidential election; time to take a look at how well my trend estimates held up.

From the diaries - whataboutbob

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Making the Hallitus

by NordicStorm Tue Apr 17th, 2007 at 06:46:58 AM EST

Following the Finnish parliamentary election last month (relive the election night blogging experience!), current and future Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen has been hard at work putting together a new government (hallitus in Finnish). It would appear he's almost done. (More details below - updated twice)

From the diaries - whataboutbob

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Swedish Newspaper Bashes "French Vanity"

by NordicStorm Mon Apr 2nd, 2007 at 04:41:05 PM EST

Eurotrib user someone has previously done a run-down of Swedish media coverage of the French presidential election.

Swedish daily newspaper Expressen is apparently not happy with the French presidential campaign. In a recent editorial they're lamenting the fact that there's no "self-proclaimed liberal" among the twelve candidates. What follows is the usual neoliberal talking points bashing all things French. The economy is in the toilet, unemployment is enormous, France is in decline, liberal reform is the only cure. Not even Sarkozy is spared from the wrath of Expressen, though towards the end they manage to squeeze in some faint praise anyway.

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Towards the Eduskunta

by NordicStorm Sun Mar 18th, 2007 at 05:44:27 AM EST

Editors note: today are the Finnish parliamentary elections ~ wab

While there has been plenty of coverage of the French presidential election, still over a month away, I'm noticing a disturbing lack of interest in this Sunday's parliamentary election in that other great continental power.

I am, of course, talking about Finland.

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Bumped up ~ whataboutbob

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Carl Bildt: Neocon lobbyist? [updated]

by NordicStorm Wed Feb 21st, 2007 at 05:45:10 AM EST

Swedish tabloid Expressen is apparently intent on setting some sort of world record in reporting on potential scandals involving Carl Bildt, former prime minister and current foreign minister of Sweden. (See also my previous diary on Bildt and Sudan). Expressen is now reporting that Bildt was recruited in 2002 (between Bildt's tenures in the Swedish government) by the (now defunct?) Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI), which Wikipedia claims had "close links to the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), important shapers of the Bush administration's foreign policy."

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Carl Bildt: War profiteer?

by NordicStorm Wed Feb 14th, 2007 at 11:15:30 AM EST

or Why being in the private and public sector at the same time could potentially cause a conflict of interest

The new Swedish centre-right government haven't had an easy couple of months on the job. Almost within minutes of taking office, two scandals broke, resulting in two of the new ministers getting the boot literally days after being appointed.
(update: EuroTrib coverage on those scandals by Laurent GUERBY and A swedish kind of death)

Foreign minister Carl Bildt may be the next to go, whether he likes to or not.

From the diaries -- whataboutbob

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