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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 Avatarrichard rowles 28th Jul - 6:36pm
    Tony Dawson; because there is zero chance of this effecting policy, some candidates already selected. FE calling for candidates. Sad but true.
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 28th Jul - 6:32pm
    The coalition was in the unusual position of having had Labour, Liberal Democrats and Tories all proposing reform of the Lords in their 2010 manifestoes,...
  • User AvatarSueS 28th Jul - 6:25pm
    As someone who has been unable to be active in the party for many years, I have noticed another problem. As policies wend their weary...
  • User AvatarGareth Epps 28th Jul - 6:23pm
    We have been discussing just this subject on the Federal Policy Committee. Those interested might like to come to the consultative session on the Saturday...
  • User AvatarMichael BG 28th Jul - 6:18pm
    After the weird proposal put forward by Nick Clegg I am not sure anyone will take us seriously on the reform of the House of...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 28th Jul - 6:17pm
    An international force can keep the peace if both sides want that, as in Cyprus. If not it becomes a third party in the fight.