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Pauline Bock is a New Statesman contributing writer based in Brussels. She writes about Brexit, the EU, France and the Macron presidency.
Environment minister François de Rugy's lavish taxpayer-funded lifestyle exemplifies the gap between the elite and the French people.
Ursula von der Leyen and her fellow nominees are determined to preserve the red lines set by Brussels.
There are multiple legal and political obstacles to a successful return by the former French president.
The €1.6bn scheme for teenagers has been denounced as authoritarian and wasteful.
The term “conservative”, long taboo in France, has gained a growing audience among a new generation of right-wing activists.
The president’s evisceration of his socialist and conservative rivals is creating the conditions for the far right to thrive.
The woman who took on Apple and Google is attracting support across the political divide.
The binary vision promoted by Emmanuel Macron and Viktor Orbán is crudely narrowing democratic debate.
Rather than a socially minded policy to scrap France’s entrenched class hierarchies, Macron’s plan to close a French finishing school will replace one elite with another.
Four of the likely candidates gathered at the recent State of the Union debate in Florence – but Juncker’s successor could be someone else entirely.