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French and Greek election results open thread

Francois Hollande has been elected French President, after promising to work for more growth and to renegotiate the EU fiscal compact.

Initial results from the Greek parliamentary elections suggest a shake-up, with the left-wing Syriza party and a neo-Nazi party gaining ground at the expense of the two old coalition parties, New Democracy and Pasok. There is talk of the new government (when and if it emerges to be sworn in by the men in beards) seeking to “amend” the …

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Opinion: The Presidential elections – a French farce?

Today, France goes to the polls in the first of two ballots to select its next President; polls suggest that incumbent Nicholas Sarkozy and socialist Francois Hollande will go head to head in the run-off on Sunday 8 May.

The Presidental election and subsequent legislative elections are a real challenge for Liberals. Our sister party, the Mouvement Democrate (MoDem) led by Francois Bayrou has struggled during this campaign. Bayrou, a popular former Education Minister, has lost momentum in an environment where populism …

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Avant le déluge: If you want to follow the French presidential elections…

The UK is approximately 3687 miles from the United States of America, and separated by an ocean. The UK is approximately 22 miles away from France, and separated by a channel.

Yet there has already been more coverage expended on the race for the Republican nomination than there has been on the battle to become President of France. The White House trumps the Élysée Palace every time in the mind of the media even though France is closer and the result is more likely to impact directly on the UK.

However, …

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  • User AvatarJohnTilley 17th Sep - 12:26pm
    Green Voter I agree people should decide for themselves. What I actually said was --- "This theme that you keep repeating that the YES campaign...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 17th Sep - 12:01pm
    Liz Lynne sounds the strongest, followed by Daisy. A left wing approach of introducing material discrimination against white men is not fair. We should be...
  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 17th Sep - 11:54am
    @Joshua - can you show us your evidence that candidates are not selected on merit - ie that BAME candidates are statistically less likely to...
  • User AvatarMr Wallace 17th Sep - 11:52am
    @ PSI "Mr Wallace “In fact, why don’t Liberal Vision, the Orange Bookers and the rest of them go join the Tories…” Probably because they...
  • User AvatarSadie Smith 17th Sep - 11:49am
    There are practical issues. The UK has a bridge built to win an election! Tidiness is very difficult mostly because of the centralisation of Whitehall...
  • User AvatarJoshua Dixon 17th Sep - 11:49am
    It does amuse me that Liz thinks candidates are already selected on merit.