Back to the Polls? French Abstentions Threaten Fledgling Party in European Parliamentary Elections

EU Parliament chamber in Strasbourg, France. Photo: jeffowenphotos for Wikimedia Commons

The French media recently stopped publishing stories about the national Municipal Elections. One of the primary topics of this coverage was the unprecedented 36.45% abstention rate. In barely over a month French citizens will be called to the polls again to elect the European Parliament, but in these latter elections abstentions are the norm. The […]

Sanctions Against Russia Raise Issues

Illustration by Peter Ansell for La Jeune Politique

Russia, Ukraine and the EU walk into a bar. Ukraine fancies Russia, but sees a future with the EU. When Crimea passes by, Russia remembers they were once together and decides to aggravate Ukraine by leaving with Crimea. The US storms in, shocked by the injustice and, together with the EU, comforts Ukraine. The US […]

French Smoking Image Tops Anti-Tobacco Incentives


  By Corinne Ruff Most days between classes Lea Giacomelli, like many young, French students, finds herself outside university doors rolling thin, brown cigarettes for a smoky conversation with friends. As they enjoy their few minutes of break, a lighter is passed around to spark the dangling cigarettes between their lips. “If you don’t smoke, it’s […]

How does the Franco-German Relationship Shape Europe?

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Garitan

At a meeting of the French and German ministers in Paris last month, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be more united than ever. Hollande emphasized the importance of agreeing on major foreign policy issues, highlighting the alignment of the two countries on issues in Iran, Syria, and Africa. Concerning […]

EU Gives €11 Billion in Aid to Ukraine

A demonstration about Ukraine in Munich, Germany. 

On March 5, the European Commission promised Kiev €11 billion in aid, taking what many consider a long overdue measure to provide help in Ukraine. The promise of monetary compensation came alongside announcements that the assets of 18 former Ukrainian officers would be frozen.  The names of the individuals were withheld until Thursday, to prevent […]

Immigration Restrictions Lifted for Bulgaria and Romania: Have they Lived Up to the Hype?

An airport was the scene for the meeting between Romanian immigrant Victor Spirescu and MP Keith Vaz, which captured national attention.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Aero Icarus

Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union in 2007, but their citizens saw their right to work freely in other EU nations restricted for seven years. Employers had to apply for work permits and migrants for an “accession worker card” or self-employment certificates, while low-skilled workers were constrained by quota schemes in the agricultural and […]

European communication network: viable reaction to NSA scandal?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the World Economic Forum in 2007.

LONDON. - Angela Merkel has voiced support for a European communication network that would keep out the US. Germany has been pushing the issue of data protection in Europe ever since the NSA scandal first broke. Following revelations that Merkel’s phone had been under surveillance –among 60 million other German calls the NSA had tapped into […]

French Conservatives Voice Support of Swiss Immigration Referendum

Marine Le Pen.
Photo: Marine_Le_Pen_-_Chess

In a recent discussion on immigration reform, right-wing French politicians are giving a nod in the direction of Switzerland.  On Sunday, Feb. 9, a narrow majority of 50.3% in Switzerland approved an immigration referendum placing strict quotas on immigration from European Union (EU) countries, of which Switzerland is not a member. The decision, which was […]

Internet Wars: Google and EU Work to Reach Agreement Three Years in the Making

Photo: Tschillinger for Wikimedia Commons.

On Wednesday, February 5, the European Commission announced it had accepted terms proposed by Google to remedy problems concerning the marketing of online search results. Google was accused of overstepping boundaries, yet the talks between the EU and Google are said to have opened the way for an amicable solution. The 14 plaintiffs can be […]

France and United Kingdom Talk of Military Cooperation

After a series of official visits in the Netherlands, Turkey and the Vatican, French President Francois Hollande travelled to the United Kingdom last Friday to attend the opening of a Franco-British summit in the military base of Brize-Norton, near Oxford. Accompanied by four ministers, including Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, […]


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