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France: The First Round

France: The First Round

As part of our ongoing series of French election comment, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — comments on the result of the preliminary round of the contest. She concludes that people ‘celebrating prematurely should take pause for thought. Those who fear Le Pen should not feel relief — and neither should those who still believe in the EU. This is not over yet’.

‘Trumplandia’?

‘Trumplandia’?

Donald Trump’s effectiveness as a political candidate in the Republican primaries, and the electoral college success that put him in the White House, has unnerved political commentators and the policy establishments in his own party and beyond. On entering office,...

Mélenchon: The Left-Wing Standard Bearer for the Nation State

Mélenchon: The Left-Wing Standard Bearer for the Nation State

For the seventh in our series on the French Presidential election, Marc Glendening – Policy Exchange’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs Research Fellow – concludes that a hard-left candidate, who has declared the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to be his personal hero, and has the endorsement of the Communist party, now has virtually an evens chance of winning his way into the final round

How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy — who worked on a number of manifestos as a departmental adviser in Whitehall, suggests that everyone writing manifestos very quickly at the moment should bear in mind that the content they will produce is more likely to become a source of unexpected liability than an asset yielding political benefits

A Four-Way Marginal?

A Four-Way Marginal?

In the sixth instalment of our series of comment pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — considers questions arising from the latest polling, on the grounds that ‘our assumptions are growing less assured’. 

Currency Wars aren’t the problem – protectionism is

Currency Wars aren’t the problem – protectionism is

Michael Taylor — Policy Exchange’s Economics Research Fellow — argues that ‘at their worst, currency wars can be a zero-sum game, but trade wars are invariably a negative-sum game. Trade wars rather than currency wars are the more significant threat to global prosperity’

Let’s be franc: France and the euro

Let’s be franc: France and the euro

In the fifth instalment of our series of comment pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Michael Taylor — Policy Exchange’s Economics Research Fellow — considers the advantages and disadvantages of France remaining in the single currency. He concludes that the country ‘needs to concentrate on structural reforms — in or out of the single currency’

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