Less than a year in power, the French President is already more than a promise, almost a certitude. But it is also legitimate to ask if he’s more style than substance. Like Der Spiegel does. Advertisements
Emmanuel Macron’s State visit in China reveals a good deal about how Europe sees China as of this moment. Verbatim. He said “the ancient Silk Roads were never only Chinese” and also “the new roads cannot only go one way”, stressing that joint work on the routes should ensure common intellectual property, competition and access…… Continue reading More from Macron in China
The French President is the perfect partner for the Chinese grandstanding, with declarations like “Europe is back” or again strong support for the OBOR projects towards Europe. In the meantime, the French intelligentsia is dreaming about a Franco-Chinese axis or China replacing the US in the multilateral frame, because, n’est-ce pas, we’re living in a post-American…… Continue reading Macron in China : reinventing multilateralism !?
Piketty is preoccupied by inequality and its historical roots, with the conclusion that it was WW1 which reduced much of the French XIXth century inequalities : Aussi cruel que soit ce constat, c’est au conflit de 1914 et à l’impôt progressif sur le revenu créé pour le financer que la France doit cette période «…… Continue reading Democracy as (historical) accident ?
The French know pretty well the African continent and look (with melancholy ?) to the Chinese presence in Africa : more than 10,000 Chinese enterprises are present there, with 90% of them private-owned, and they have almost half of the infrastructure markets. But the French are alarmed about the African dependence on the Chinese economy :…… Continue reading ChinAfrica is getting more and more serious
The French, probably because of the German industrial powerhouse to whom they compared for more than a century, still nourish illusions as to their industry.
The French President is intriguing more than one. Here, the German Philosopher Jurgen Habermas hopes Macron’s vision on Europe can get us a step closer to the democratic Europe : realism or utopia ?