The French people go to the polls on Sunday in the first round of the country’s presidential elections. While ten candidates are in the running, it is the ongoing battle between incumbent President and ruling party head Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist rival Francois Hollande that is garnering the most attention.
On Thursday, April 19, 2012, I took part in an an hour-long discussion of the French presidential elections on China Radio International. Joining me were Jolyon Howorth, Professor of Political Science at Yale University, and Sebastien Ricci, a French journalist based in Beijing.
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“Today” broadcasts live Monday to Friday on Beyond Beijing. We hold in-depth panel discussions on domestic and global news and current affairs to give the story behind the headlines. Expert guests from around the world share their views and debate the issues to give the locally-produced show international flavor.
On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, I participated in a roundtable discussion on The European Project: Can Europe Survive the Euro? as part of a larger conference entitled “The Failure of the Euro? Causes and Consequences for Europe and Beyond.” The event was sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies and the Rhodes Center for International Economics at Brown University. Martin Wolf of the Financial Times was the keynote speaker. Other participants included Alfred Gusenbauer, the former Chancellor of Austria, and Romano Prodi, the former Prime Minister of Italy.
On March 16-17, I participated in a series of discussions on the theme “Democratic Europe” at the Cirque d’Hiver where high-level European political leaders were united around François Hollande, candidate of the Parti Socialiste for the French presidential elections. The event was organized as part of a larger initiative called “Rebirth for Europe for a common progressive vision” launched by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Fondation Jean-Jaurès, Fondazione Italianieuropei and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, following the three electoral campaigns in France, Germany and Italy. Our goal was a common declaration for the construction of a political, economic, social and ecological alternative for the European Union.
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Please visit the “Renaissance for Europe” website for more information as well as links to the speeches by European Social Democratic leaders. And click here to read my remarks.